Short Story Saturday: Out of the Blue
Welcome to Short Story Saturday! Every Saturday, I’ll give my thoughts on a story from an anthology. I’m currently working my way through Foretold, which comes out in August 2012 from Random House. All of the stories in this anthology will focus on prophecy.
Short Story: Out of the Blue
Author: Meg Cabot
Summary: When KC and Kyle were young, they were visited by an alien. This alien implanted recording chips into their arms that manifested as blue dots. Of course, no one believed little KC and Kyle. Years later, when KC writes a blog post about her experience—and it goes viral—the alien comes back.
My thoughts: Meg Cabot and aliens. What a concept! Anyway, in true Cabot fashion, this story is hilarious. The subject is serious, but because teenagers are the ones giving the recap, the whole story turns out to be a laugh. There’s something about Cabot’s writing that’s whimsical and bouncy—you can’t help but smile through her stories.
Out of the Blue is told through interviews that are part of a secret government file. The interviews slowly build to the dramatic finish in perfect pace.
But one thing, Meg: no one uses LiveJournal anymore. Just sayin’!