Published August 7th 2020 by Infinite Ray Publishing
A 5 star read
Promoting global peace, celebrities and politicians are urging people to partake in so-called “Gatherings”, which sort of seem like hippie festivals; including hand holding, dancing, etc. All the Gatherings start at the same time no matter where you are in the world and all seem to be a way to show solidarity throughout human kind. Emily also attends one of these Gatherings with her friend, but she soon finds out it’s anything but a peaceful event.
I loved the premise of this short story. I have to admit I’m kind of tired of apocalyptic stories as a whole, but this one was a completely fresh take on it. The way Emily tells this story is a lot of fun, as she keeps correcting herself and I’ve never seen this done in a book before. It seems extremely realistic, just as if I would write something down.
The way the apocalypse starts is pretty gruesome and I enjoyed every second of it. As an introvert, I always knew it was best to stay alone and safe in my house. I could easily connect with Emily and her anxiety. That most of her story being told takes place in a branch of a tree is even more impressive. It just shows you don’t always have to have a ton of different settings to make a story interesting. I will definitely read more of Jeremy’s work in the future!
Thanks to the author for the review copy!