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The Shelter (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

SunHi Mistwalker
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Book Description

The world around ten-year-old Sunni Brown is crumbling. War, disease and crushing poverty are everyday realities. For a while, she counts herself amongst the lucky. But will she survive when she's forced to live in an abandoned parking structure?

This is a scary future; but there are no werewolves, vampires or this future, human beings are the scariest creatures of all.

"The Shelter" is a dystopian short story of 5500 words in length or
approximately 25 pages. It is the prequel to the full-length novel NEW HOPE CITY, a dark
coming-of-age story set in post-apocalyptic America.

New Hope City now available:

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

When I began writing "The Shelter" I made the decision to not sugarcoat some of the darker sides of childhood. I wanted to explore how poverty and societal collapse can drastically alter a child's life in ways most of us never imagine.  I enjoy writing books about how societal collapse can change individuals and families.  Speculative fiction, science fiction and dystopian fiction have always served as excellent tools for this type of exploration. However, I do take a different approach.  Instead of keeping a distance, my stories take a very intimate look at the relationships between individuals living in these corrupt societies. How does the individual and family respond to economic collapse, oppression and other nastiness created by unbelievably rotten cultures? Come with me to find out...

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Tales Great Lives, LLC; 2 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QYH9SU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,695 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Heartbreaking February 24, 2012
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This is a very moving short story, depicting crushing poverty through the eyes of a child. For all the news coverage we saw about the aftermath of the flooding in Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf region, so little of it took the point of view of someone so young. I think that is what makes this story special. A child can find hope and even some happiness in just about anything. And, I enjoyed that thread of hope through this short tale. The characters seem real, and the situation very much so. Most of all, when this story ended, I wanted to read more...and see what happens next. That is good writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An author to watch December 30, 2011
By C.H.
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters in this story seem to come to life. They are not ideal, nor are they overly seedy. They are the kind of people who you would expect to meet in everyday life. Not heroic or evil. The main character endures hardships few of us can imagine, and the author really breathes life into each supporting role. You are left with the feeling that you know these characters.

A sequel is badly needed. you finish the story with the feeling that despite all the situations the young girl has gone through, this is just the beginning. I kept reading until the end, and then I wanted more. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't gotten it yet by sayig how it ends, but I will definitely download the next chapter when it comes out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but good story February 23, 2012
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I have to say that this story really stood out to me for several days after I read it. The author really did a great job in creating a set of believable characters in a realistic situation. It has some dark tones, some that made you really stop and think. Then again, a good story should do that if you ask me. I hope this author publishes more as I was left wanting more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and heart-rending story April 17, 2013
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This is a story of ten year old Sunni Brown whose father deserted her and her mother. Unable to continue to pay the rent on their apartment they are evicted. They go to a shelter, which is full, even overcrowded, and bribe the manager to be able to stay. The story tells about Sunni's first several months in the shelter and the terrible conditions in the shelter: about two families that squat on mats near her who try unsuccessfully to protect Sunni, how Sunni's mother deteriorates, how Sunni almost dies of hunger, the use of drugs in the shelter, the manager walking around with a gun to protect himself, and the manager and the landlord wanting sex.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing and disgusting view of dystopia... January 25, 2013
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While short story writing, in itself, used to be an art form, such is no longer the case. It has devolved from a unique form of compact and symbolic writing into one whereby the author uses it merely as a prelude to a future, and much more lucrative, novel. That being said, and using today's writing standards, this very abbreviated presentation does give us an insight into the author's view of a future world that wallows in the decay of its own filth. We quickly glance back at a ten year old girl who had attended ballet school, live through her existence the present disgrace of shameless living and project her into that of being a putrid being's sex toy. While I would like to state that this is the author's symbolic view of where she sees present day society heading as a whole, I resist for, instead, I posit that "what we see, is what we get". It is merely a sad and eerie tale of poverty and perversion which only the human animal is capable of....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Piercing April 3, 2012
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This is a very well-done short story that takes a look at a slice of life we'd sometimes rather not see, mostly because it shows the heart-wrenching reality some of us live with every single day. Although this story shows an ugly aspect to our world, the author illuminates it with such heart and pathos that it becomes readable for even the tenderhearted. It will be even better when the fuller story is told, hopefully soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but very sad June 4, 2012
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I'm kind of glad that this was a short story. I read it was a dystopian and I loved these types of stories. I was enjoying the story very much, the characters were believable the situation was sad the mother should have been sterilized. But the synopsis left one very important detail off.... Sunni is 10 years old and is about to be part of a real world sexual abuse situation. When it comes to innocent children I can't seem to enjoy reading about how they suffer. Although the story does not go into detail it is one of those that one must read between the line, and it adds up to the abuse. It broke my heart to see Sunni suffered from the one person whom is supposed to love and protect her unconditionally. When she meets her pinky sister I was happy and thought "great she will have someone that is going to protect her" but of course it could not last, what happened to her sister was terrible...never did figure out who it was, although I have narrowed it down to two very terrible people. When Sunni finds herself alone again...alone with her crack head mother...Sunni catches the attention of the wrong person. The landlord is a very sick individual that also need to be clipped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant! January 4, 2012
By Yazmeen
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The Shelter is a well-written short story that is too short. I didn't want it to end. From the first word to the last, I was fully engaged and intrigued by the characters, their lives. I excitedly await the next installment. Yesterday I was visiting the website of a philanthropic foundation located in New York City. There was a video clip containing a multi-level parking structure, I immediately thought of The Shelter. Need I say more? The Shelter (A Short Story)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good drama
Man this is a heavy read. Lots of pain weaved into the stories. Its a good drama.
Published 1 month ago by anthony pugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I WAS JUST GETTING INTO THE BOOK WHEN IT ENDED. It's sad this is reality for some children. Parents need to get their priorities straight.
Published 1 month ago by Misty
4.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbing Tale of Dystopia
A disturbing gritty tale of a dystopian future where the rich exploit an underclass of poor, homeless people by renting spaces of a multi-story car park to them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Bub
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Thank you
Published 2 months ago by Stantashahoward
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Not bad pretty good, I recommend this book to anyone. I think I'm going to buy the rest to find out what happens .
Published 2 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars PROFOUND!
Compelling, Gripping, Profound . . . all those words that have been watered down by reviewers who used them to describe writings that didn't deserve them. Well, this prequel does. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Northlander
1.0 out of 5 stars Hey, here is a short story so you will ...
Hey, here is a short story so you will buy the real book. And it's very dark. Very disturbing ly dark
Published 4 months ago by Archie von kanel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Short and sad, but good. I like it. Five star.
Published 5 months ago by Shelly C
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful
Wow this was a good book. It makes you be grateful for what u have and wonder how does your parents allows this to happen. Can't wait yo see what happens to Sunni later on.
Published 5 months ago by Schmeca
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short! I want more!
I want to read more!! Very intriguing look at a post-apocalyptic society. You always know while reading this that we are only a few short steps away from this ourselves. Scary.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

SunHi Mistwalker is an award-winning writer who has been writing professionally since the age of fourteen. Born and raised in Chicago, Mistwalker knows a lot about how corruption, poverty, political apathy, and societal dissolution impacts individuals and families.

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