Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Mark, by Abi Hynes

★★★☆☆ Average

(Dystopia) In an all-male world, the first woman born in living memory flees a home village that she fears will never understand her. (4,461 words; Time: 14m)

"The Mark," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 275, published on by .

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Pro: The challenges faced by a young girl growing up in a world that has forgotten what it means to be female makes for an interesting what-if. It reminds you how many things women learn from other women; the narrator suffers a great deal for lack of that information, as does her newborn child.

Con: Is the narrator trying to get away? If so, climbing a mountain seems very much the wrong way to go about it. Is she trying to kill herself? If so, she’s at great pains to avoid falling.

The ending is a bit vague, but it seems that she and her baby die up there and are eaten by raptors. Not a very satisfying ending if that's what we're meant to take from it.

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