REVIEW: Red Flood by Nocomus Columbus

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Short Story/ Apocalyptic Fiction, Pages: 51, Level: Easy

In the future, a young boy is being raised by his grandmother. One day, tragedy strikes and the boy must run. Then he is found by his long lost father and a trip through The Badlands commences. What is at the end of The Badlands and why is it so important that the boy reach it?

AAARGH! Really? The author really wants to do this to his readers? It’s so messed up.

Red Flood is a good story. The editing is pretty decent and the story is interesting. It’s kind of a mix of The Road, Mad Max and Revolution. Then you get to the end of the story and think you’re going to get an explanation for everything. BUT YOU DON’T! Which wouldn’t be a big deal if the story was just a teaser chapter or something. Unfortunately, I cannot find any evidence that there is a novel after this, or even more short stories.

Let’s consider this further. Have you read the free version of Wool? If not, you should. It’s the first chapter of the Omnibus. It’s phenomenal. Now imagine it was a stand-alone short story with nothing following. Creepy, right? It would be an awesome short story that leaves you with an itch that can’t be reached. That’s what Red Flood is.

Taking this into consideration, you will have to decide whether it’s a good thing or bad. Obviously I decided it was good. I wish there was more and hope the author is writing more about this story, but I will be fine if he leaves Red Flood as it is.

Reviewed by Christina
March 23, 2014

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