Short Story Saturday: Otherwise
In an effort to help myself read more short fiction, I’ve started a weekly feature—Short Story Saturday! Every Saturday, I’ll give my thoughts on a story from an anthology. I’m currently working my way through Brave New Love, which came out in February 2012 from Running Press.
Short Story: Otherwise
Author: Nisi Shawl
Anthology: Brave New Love
Summary: When adults started taking Likewise, something happened: they abandoned their lives and families to go live Otherwise. Aim and Lo, teen survivors, are on their way to rendezvous with a friend when they encounter some serious trouble on the road.
My thoughts: I was completely blown away by Otherwise. The world was remarkably well developed, considering the length of the story. I felt as if I truly understood the way things worked in Lo’s world.
The best thing about this story is the relationships between different characters. The bond between Aim and Lo is fantastic; it really reflects the world in which they live.
Otherwise is an unusual read, but it’s all the more memorable because of it.