L. H. A. has created fantastic worlds full of both light and darkness in these twenty young adult flash fiction stories. Fantasy and science fiction collide in tales about advanced technology, magical worlds, and psychic powers.
In “Defective,” a girl unable to speak believes that she is defective. When she finds a strange notebook and a mysterious map, they will take her on a quest that will lead to an unbelievable place. In this strange new land, the girl must decide what she would be willing give up to help another.
In “Chosen,” a boy is determined to protect those in trouble. This noble intention is put to the test when he sees someone being attacked by a terrifying bully.
In “Eternal,” a man looks back on his life and wonders if anything he did made a difference in the world.
In “Human,” a fairy boy is caught in a game of cat and mouse with a human surveillance officer. If the fairy gets caught, it could spell his doom. In his escape, he will have to trust an unlikely ally.
These and the sixteen other stories use imaginative concepts to explore real-world issues like prejudice, isolation, and bullying.
Title: Twisted Tales: A Short Story Collection
Published: May 30, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
What a delightful collection of flash fiction! Each story is completely different—even a different genre altogether—which keeps it interesting, knowing the next short will be nothing at all like the last.
I have two favorites from the collection. The first is Dreamer, the story of a boy who visits another world in his sleep. Of course, when he speaks about it, he gets those looks and has to see a shrink. I loved everything about this story. It sort of had a Inkheart feel to it, except instead of visiting a world through the pages of books, he visits via his dreams. Here is my favorite quote about W's memories of that other world:
They'd slip away from my memory every morning, as if they could never belong to the part of me that was awake.
One of my other favorites from this collection is Stories. The main character lives in a world where imagination and daydreaming could mean being sent away to a "rehabilitation" center surrounded by a tall brick wall, topped with barbed wire. To live in a world where stories don't exist would be pure torture for writers and readers everywhere! This short reminds us that though we aren't perfect, that there may a part of us we don't like, but if we choose to act on our goodness, the world would be a better place.
It wasn't that there was so much goodness inside us, but it was the goodness we chose to act on that saved us in the end.
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