I was fortunate to get a review copy of Welcome To Dystopia from OR Books through NetGalley. It is a collection of 45 short stories based on the current world, with a main focus on the Trump administration. Since 45 reviews are quite a lot, I will be splitting this into 5 reviews each of 9 stories so this will be the fourth review in a series, you can read the first review here, the second one here and the third one here.
The Passion According To Mike by Scott Bradfield
I was confused by this story, I had a vague idea of the plot was not entirely sure of what was going on. I did like the use of Mike Pence and did feel that there was a sense of ridicule but I wasn’t sure who was being ridiculed.
Bright Sarasota Where The Circus Lies Dying by James Wallis
To be honest I have no idea what happened in this story or who it happened to.
The Name Unspoken by Richard Bowes
I liked the fact that the protagonist in this book was an older person. I felt that this character was well rounded, as was the plot.
The Elites by Stephanie Feldman
I liked that this story was a conversation between two parents but I did think that it was slightly unclear as to what exactly was going on in between the messages. Overall I enjoyed this story.
January 2018 by Barry N. Malzberg
I thought that this was an interesting take on the brief as it starts like a response to the book on which it is posted, until you realise that it a response to a different anthology where the worst has already happened.
Farewell by Mary Anne Mohanraj
I liked the strong worldbuilding and the strong characters. I appreciated the talk about contraception and the fact that the characters were people of colour.
The Amazing Transformation Of The White House Dog by Ron Goulart
I liked the story premise but thought that it was a bit confusing when switching between points of view and working out who was talking to who.
Handmaid’s Other Tale by Jane Yolen
This story was a short poem that was a refreshing break from the prose, but thought that it shouldn’t have been based off someone else’s work.
Sanctuary by Brian Francis Slattery
As this story was written as a letter, it was very emotionaly raw, and I liked that. The characters were well developed as was the plot and the world in which it was set.