This strange, captivating story is about Carol’s struggle to recover. And when the potential cure involves a mystery man and a childhood acquaintance Carol is very much drawn to, this calls for trouble.
What secrets keeps a small town where everyone is abnormally interested in Carol’s future reincarnation? I thought the deus ex machine dramatic climax perfectly suited this story. It felt as impossible as Andreq’s xeching, yet it also felt like an inevitable exit for her: with so many ploys concocting around her, it was only a matter of time the entropy would be released in explosion, disguised as a storm.
I think I have had a similar sensation when reading M. Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. Carol’s distinct voice reminded me of Offred’s for some reason.
This may not be an easy read, yet rewarding to those who enjoy deciphering subtextual messages and appreciate beautiful and metaphorical language.