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The Shelter (A Short Story) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Within an old parking garage, the former parking stalls are now used to give shelter to the homeless.
With a mother whose only concern is getting high, the daughter tries to make friends, and tries to not starve. She is left alone all the time, and that fact does not go unnoticed. She is small, and cannot protect herself. But, as she sees a man who has food to share, her hunger tells her that it can't be worse than the first time, and it definitely can't be worse than starving to death.
This short is a prequel, and I'm ready to read the next book! It felt like reading a V.C. Andrews book, without the second half if the book - the parts where things get better. I hope that the little girl finds help, and happiness in the next book.
Wow, what can I say but gritty, desperate, life like, well written. The story follows a young girl, thrown out on the street when her drug addicted mum can't make rent. They end up in 'The Shelter' really, a multi story car park. She lives on the edge, the fringes. She forms tenuous friendships, and does what she can to survive. Sadly finding out that sometimes to survive, you need to do the unberable and unthinkable.
The sad and scary thing about this story, is that somewhere, it is probably very close to the truth for some people. Living on the fringes, drug addled, desperate.
Definitely a writer to keep an eye on. This was a great story, even if sad. It was written with the right degree of realism, and the right degree of coverage, not all the details and not a daily blow by blow story,but rather one well spaced out in time.
As someone who has been homeless, I could relate to it only too well.
After Sunni's mother succumbs to drugs to escape facing reality, Sunni is forced to do what she must to survive alone.
This is a far less than happy tale that will force you to consider things you would rather not. Not for everyone, and certainly not for children, I would recommend this 30 page prequel to mature readers who can look at the dark and disturbing; it will really make you think!
It isn't totally clear what has happened in this world. It sounds like a modern day depression where money and work are scarce. The scary thing is that it doesn't seem to have been so great collapse, just a slow deterioration.
This is just so short story that acts as a preview for the novel. It is definitely compelling, but I am afraid it might be too depressing.
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