The Pariahs by Erik Hofstatter

The Pariahs - Erik Hofstatter

 

 "I was asleep when they came in." So starts Erik Hofstatter's novella.

 

A boy and his sister are kidnapped and awaken in cells with no idea what's going on. They both suffer from birth defects from Chernobyl and soon, they find themselves the subjects of some nasty experiments. The boy soon has had enough of his sister's suffering and endeavors to take her and escape. That's all I can say about the plot.

 

I enjoyed this story. I thought it was a good idea and the author brought all the threads together in an enjoyable way. The writing, however, could use a little work and some polish. I found the sentences to be rather short and blunt, and the characters could have had a litte more complexity and depth to them. There were a few twists towards the last third of the book and I thought the author handled those fairly well.

 

Overall, I liked the originality of this tale and I feel that Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction author to keep an eye on in the future.

 

Recommended for fans of short, brutal fiction!