- File Size: 356 KB
- Print Length: 21 pages
- Publisher: Christina McMullen (July 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073TBJ6GW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SELIA's Promise: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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The writing is as great as I came to expect of the author. My only concern was when the tenses changed in the middle of the story, going from past to present. It startled me at first. I honestly thought it was a slip. I stopped reading, went back, and read again. It couldn't be! Why change to present tense? I shrugged and continued. I wanted to know what would happen and maybe understand the switch. Well, while I am not a fan of present tense, I think the move was clever. It went from what happened to it's happening as we read, meaning all was fair play.
Being a short, there's not much I can say without spoiling the story, but I'm happy to say that I am thinking like my favorite Indie author. Yes! It ended just like I hoped it would. And that is all I'm going to say.
Short, quick flashes of the setting in which this short story takes place is the best description of how McMullen developed this world. Each snapshot given with enough detail to make it stand out vividly without overriding the others while each return to the setting gives a little more detailed refinement of what was there before.
This is a short story, so the character development isn’t noticed that much. The point of view character doesn’t seem to change until the very end, and then it’s a leap forward. The character is a child (teenager) so this type of plateau to leapfrog is well within plausibility, which gives the character enough realism to fit the story.
The other main “character” manages to be quite influential on the tale without really “saying” much. An interesting choice for the part. (And part of McMullen’s signature style.)
The pacing was a touch slow for the brevity of this tale for me. When I came down to the punch line, I was actually more than ready for it to end. For once, I actually felt a short story was a touch too drawn out – which is highly unusual. Most times, I feel as if a short story is too short.
I can’t say a lot without giving too much away because, after all, it IS a shortie, but this I can say: it’s the best apocalyptic story I’ve read in recent years. It is dark and clever and it grabbed me from the beginning. I went through the highs and lows - and more highs and lows - along with the protagonist, and could not see what the end would be - until the very end. And it was perfect.
It is well written (as is usual for Christina McMullen) and I’m so glad she wrote it!