Monday, January 7, 2019

Soft We Wake, by S.B. Divya

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Utopia) The narrator wakes after ages in cryogenic suspension to a world where everyone is a cyborg. They’re kind to her, but they do expect her to “intergrate” eventually, and she’s terrified. (2,735 words; Time: 09m)

"Soft We Wake," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.017 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The narrator struggles to come to terms with an Earth that’s completely strange to her. Yet the people are kind to her, although the existence of a hard deadline to either “integrate” or else (we assume) accept euthanasia amounts to tremendous pressure.

I started to call this a dystopia, but I decided that was wrong for a story where everyone is happy but a handful of people. This is a story where humanity created a utopia at the expense of changing into something rather different from what we’re comfortable with.

Con: With all that setup, the ending is a bit of a let down. Essentially, after all that hesitation, she finally gives it a try and decides she likes it. The end.

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