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The Tin of Honey Paperback – May 14, 2016
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Do like a dystopian future? Have you thought about the future generations and what may be with resources, climate change, and wars? This quick read touches on several of the issues and more importantly, the treatment of people.
This story centers on Zoe, as the description says, she is a slave but she has a great heart and longs for love. Being small, Zoe gets the crappy jobs and the one in this story stings.
In the short span of this story, the authors packs in solid story line, characters you can feel, and future you will feel. You may not like how you feel but when an author makes you feel for the characters; the author has done as she hoped.
I recommend you read this story and feel the feels.
In approximately 5,000 words, Holly Barbo tells a moving tale set in an indeterminate time and place, about an unidentified culture that might be our own. There are jeeps, flatbed trucks, and remote controllers, but also such poverty, brutality, and dystopian despair that it reminds me more of the feudalistic Middle Ages than modern times. The dialog carries a stylized formality that adds to the other-worldly tone.
Delivering the background we need to understand 6-year-old Zoe's desperate plight, her recurring nightmare opens our window into her life. It not only folds in exposition, but creates a connection through its telling of emotional events that made my heart beat faster. For as harrowing as Zoe's life has become, the end of the portion we read about here is sweet and hopeful.
The entire story is easy to visualize because the imagery is strong. I'm sure that's one of the reasons "The Tin of Honey" has made the semi-finals in the 2016 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. It is entirely possible it could finish in one of the top slots. Stay tuned.
The story is a poignant one about a tiny orphan trying to make her way in an ugly world. Holly paints a harsh reality for tiny Zoe and her struggle to survive. You find yourself wanting to help her. The end of the story is a surprise but worthy of Holly's expertise as an accomplished author and story teller.
The way the story was written, I felt like I was in the room, on the steps, in the field etc...with the main character.
The story was very satisfying.