Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Last Human Child, by Milo James Fowler

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalypse) Dahlia, the last human child, is only ten years old, but she flees the wrath of the Spliced after killing their elder council. (7,643 words; Time: 25m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 245, published on .

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Pro: The basic plot is fine: Dahlia flees both Spliced and humans with the help of Brawnstone, who’s determined to protect her. She finds a village of humans who’re still fertile, and settles with them.

Con: Too many things break suspension of disbelief. First, Dahlia behaves like a 20-something woman, not a 10-year-old child. Second, Brawnstone’s behavior is hard to believe on just about any level. Third, the cardboard villains are seriously annoying.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Story was all right, but the characterization was pretty thin. Looks like the author has published other stories in this setting: