Children of the New World is collection of short stories that deal with characters in the ‘near’ future. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago. Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society.
I’m not really a fan of short stories and Children of the New World is a good example why. The stories themselves were very well written but it frustrated me that they abruptly ended and left me feeling what was the point? The short stories are also very bleak, dark and at times very disturbing. One story deals with ‘hurting’ children and if it hadn’t abruptly ended I probably would have stopped reading the book. No question that this book was imaginative, but ultimately not for me.
Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein comes out September 13, 2016.