Today is my 40th birthday. It’s also my last day on Earth. I get to do anything I want today, within reason, as long as I make it to the portal before my time is up. What I want is to spend the day with Cara and my two young children. I don’t know what awaits on the other side of the portal, I only know that certain death awaits me here if I refuse to go.
Dear Travis Hill, please, please, PLEASE write novels in this same story. PLEEEASE! I want to know what happens next. I want to read about the wars. I want to know more about the agreement. I want to know what happens to criminals. I want to read about the dangerous district. I want more! As long as it is as good as this short story. No pressure.
Obviously, I loved this short story. I usually stay away from short stories, but thanks to the moderator of a Goodreads group in which I participate, I am beginning to change my mind. First independent authors, now short stories. Departure is both.
First, this is probably not entirely appropriate for the kiddos. There is sex. BTW, kudos on the sex. It’s not overly graphic but it’s hot. It’s nice to leave things to the imagination once in a while.
Second, the author does state that this is his version of a love letter to his wife. I’m a big nerd and this would be the absolute best love letter I could possibly receive. So bravo. The reason I mention this is because even though it is science fiction/ dystopian fiction, yes it is a love story- love for his wife, love for his children. The main character is a family man.
I actually cried. Gentlemen, please don’t let that fool you. There are a lot of interesting teasers in here. I am disappointed that I can’t immediately go find the subsequent novel and hope the author continues this story. However, I won’t rate down for the fact that so far, there is none. I know others don’t like that, but I am completely okay with it.
Did I mention that Departure is free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords? Well it is. It’s free. It’s 45 pages long. In the grand scheme of life, the universe and everything, what do you have to lose? Not much. Give it a try.
Reviewed by Christina
April 17, 2014