Genre: Short Story/Dystopian/Literary Fiction
“Sarah wanted a sensitive, poetic, romantic boyfriend who would bring her flowers. Ryan ticks all the boxes. So why isn’t Sarah happy?”
“Helen Smith is a British crime writer who lives in London. Her books have appeared in ‘best of the year’ lists by For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent, and the Guardian.”
For more, visit Smith’s website.
What a strange little story this is. The description says it is set in “a futuristic England,” but it could easily be interpreted as a twisted dream concocted in the recesses of the brain while either of the primary characters were sleeping. I hesitate to say anything about the world Smith imagines as the setting - figuring that out is half the fun of the story. I’ll just say that in this story world a solution for helping with one of life’s more problematic choices has been developed. But it turns out that we humans sometimes don’t actually want what we think we do, creating a new set of problems. A fun, provocative story.
Uses UK spelling conventions.
Added for Reprise Review: Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange by Helen Smith was a Winner in the Short Story category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran February 14, 2015
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 3-4,000 words