Genre: Sci-fi; Short Stories
- Length: 191 Pages
- Pub Date: May 27, 2018
- Source: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
- My Rating: ★★★☆☆
The short version: There are twelve short stories in this collection, and only about half of them were my cup of tea.
Full (mini) Review: In his collection of short stories, Kneupper takes virtual reality to the extreme, imagining how VR will fit into the future, whether it be for entertainment, for punishment, or in the life of crime.
The stories I truly enjoyed felt a bit like The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror; they were on the darker side, but still seemed possible enough to add a little shock and horror. Unfortunately, only about half of them were like that. For me, the other half fell into two categories: “Why is this in here?” and “Close but no cigar!”
There were a few of the stories that didn’t have a point. I don’t mean there was no moral to the story or anything, but I got to the end of a few of the stories and just felt like I had wasted my time, like I had been all wound up and then… nothing.
The rest of them felt so close to being amazing, but they lacked a little something. Sometimes I just didn’t care enough about the characters, sometimes I just needed a little more build-up to the big plot twist. There was just a little piece missing, but I still enjoyed these stories overall.
Thanks for reading!