Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Dystopian/Short Story
Approximate word count: 11-12,000 words
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“Elisa Cruz lives in the near future. Humanity has failed. The world is scarred by man-made fire and bathed in radioactive waste. On the heels of our greatest blunder a savior appears. Atop a city of unimaginable technology this being offers us asylum. Humanity now thrives above the clouds in the city of Skyhaven under the protective gaze of Mark Aspen, the God-king. It's because of him we have survived and it's in him we must trust. But life is becoming more difficult with only one group we have been taught to blame, the Outcast.”
Above the Forgotten World is a dystopian short story with a plot and characters that given the short format are okay, although far from unique. The world where the story takes place and the history of how it came to be was creative and distinctive. Most dystopian stories make a point, trying to get the reader to think about possible futures, and this is no exception. Overall, not great, but not awful either.
The story also delivered less than its potential because of numerous typos, grammar errors, and convoluted sentences. Whatever the editing and proofing process this went through before publication, it wasn’t adequate.
A large number of typos and other proofreading and copy editing misses.
Rating: ** Two Stars