Saturday, February 15, 2020

How We Burn, by Brenda Peynado


(Dystopia) Sequoia and her friends hate their overcontrolled world, where four generations have only been allowed a single child, making teens rare and coddled. (10,386 words; Time: 34m)

"How We Burn," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 117, published on .

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Review: 2020.084 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s an interesting exploration of what the world might be like if a strict one-child policy were adhered to for a century. Fourteen meddling adults for every child, and not much tolerance for the crazy things kids do.

Con: Sequoia is a juvenile delinquent, and it’s not much fun reading about her. She’s an ungrateful brat who causes most of her own problems, including the death of a friend. Even at the end, she blames everyone but herself.

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