Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Returned

Fiction by Jason Mott.

The Returned

What if the dead returned?

Not all of them, just some of them. And not in a zombie-apocalypse or Pet-Sematary kind of way. They just came back to the world, looking exactly as they had before they'd left it, no matter how many years had passed since their deaths.

That's the premise of this book. On a personal level, how wonderful that a child who died over forty-five years ago has returned to his parents alive! Except... how strange that the boy is still only eight years old, and the mother and father are an elderly couple who are not quite sure if he really is their son come back to life.

And, on a larger scale: Where can you PUT all these extra folks? What will they eat? Are they a threat to the living? What should the Government do about it?

This was an interesting and thought-provoking book, albeit a little creepy, and not particularly cheerful.

But what can you expect from a book about dead people?

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