Mini Review: The Maze: Three Tales of the Future by Charity Tahmaseb
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Collins Mark Books
Publication: July 19, 2014
Three stories. Three heroines. Three choices.
The Maze: Cadet Eppie Langtry navigates the cold and endless maze as part of the Academy's final training exercise. Her exploration leads her to a fellow cadet, and their combined curiosity triggers something no one expects--least of all the cadre running the maze.
What Little Remains: In a post-apocalyptic city, Kit ekes out an existence by tending to her rooftop garden. A rift in time brings her a new friend from the past--and something else far more menacing.
Inside Out: When Lexia befriends a girl from outside a luxury spa facility, she starts seeing the cracks in her mother's disastrous fifth marriage, the world in which she lives, and her own future.
The Maze: Three Tales of the Future is a book I picked up on a whim one day while scouring Amazon for something quick yet interesting to read. I don't usually go for short story anthologies but the stories contained within The Maze piqued my curiosity enough that I knew I had to try it out. Well, I can honestly say I am so glad that I did. The Maze: Three Tales of the Future had some of the best speculative fiction in it that I've read. Each story was unique and left me wanting more.
The Maze: At first I was a bit confused by this story but the further I read, the clearer the scenario became. I won't go into much detail beyond that but I loved the twist at the end, I didn't see it coming at all.
What Little Remains: This story was unique because the main character was merely a bystander to what was going on. In fact, had she not been tending to a garden rooftop she probably would be none the wiser to those portals or the people using them. I really could see this story being longer. It would be great to see the perspectives of those on the other end.
Inside Out: This one was probably my favorite out of the bunch. I can't really describe the story without giving away the twist but it definitely had an The Island meets the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld vibe going on. Again, great story with great characters.
With that being said, I'll be rating The Maze: Three Tales of the Future by Charity Tahmaseb ★★★★★.
*Copy purchased by me. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them.
About the Author
She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes young adult fiction and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul.