No Flight Without the Shatter by Brooke Bolander

A deeply affecting short story with themes of sudden apocalyptic change and the wildness it will bring, in human and beast. A collection of the world’s last remaining animals, a young woman named Linnea, and the preparation for the end. The narration shifts from 3rd person to second person throughout as the author puts the consequences on the reader. The camera is out of focus for much of the story and it can be a challenge to follow a plot thread, but I can say without a doubt that the writing is beautiful, sadly stunning. The metaphors and imagery are powerful and I found myself stopping at the breaks to reflect on what I had just read before moving on.

At only about 25 pages, this story is for those looking for an enigmatic snapshot, a shifting diaspora of finality.

The story can be found on Tor.com here.

 

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