Sunday, April 14, 2019

Face, by Veronica Brush

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Robot Horror) Her “father” says he made her in the same factory where he forces her to work, and he only allows her one question per year, but she suspects she might really be human (3,889 words; Time: 12m)


"Face," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 119, published on .

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Review: 2019.204 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story does a nice job of maintaining the suspense over the focus-character’s identity; we’re not really sure all the way to the last paragraph.

Con: It doesn’t really develop either of their characters, and there’s never any explanation for why the “father” robot wanted to create a “daughter” only to misuse her so.

There’s a jarring point-of-view error right at the end when the narrator pops into the mind of the detective.

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