After the Darkness (Episode One) by SunHi Mistwalker
Even in a world of never-ending winters and permanent darkness, fourteen-year-old Nadia Comani has everything she could ever want: power, privilege, a loving family and most importantly warmth. But her family’s refusal to compromise their values changes everything. Nadia is cast down from her pedestal of power onto the trash heap of the lower classes. No longer guaranteed a life of ease, Nadia faces a future of servitude. Branded as powerless and deviant, will Nadia muster the strength to save herself and what remains of her family?
This dystopian short short is descriptive to the point where the metaphors and imagery does slow the pacing of the story. I would recommend that you read this story without distractions and truly let yourself be absorbed by the world the author paints with her images. Not much is known about Nadia’s “normal” life in the beginning of the story, as she is abducted along with her sister within the first couple of pages. The situation is bleak for Nadia and the people treat her more like a slave than a princess. For someone who enjoys “darker” stories, I enjoyed the beginning chapters of Nadia’s tale. I did notice one missing word from a sentence (72%)- but besides that both the formatting and grammar are good. And as a warning, Episode One does end on a cliffhanger.
Note: The cover was recently redesigned. I think the new one looks awesome.
About the author:
Author of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. Mistwalker enjoys writing books about how societal collapse can change individuals and families. She specifically explores class, economics, environmentalism and state sponsored oppression within post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures.