4 of 5 stars.
“The Books” is a short story appearing in After the End: Recent Apocalypses edited by Paula Guran. Our young narrator reminds me of Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind in that he has grown up in a caravan of travelling entertainers, albeit in a post-apocalyptic, post-technological America. Books, and the stories they contain, are precious and becoming rare. For our narrator and his friends, they are the guide to the past and one’s main education and entertainment in a world without television and movies. Meanwhile, others turn to their troupe for entertainment in the form of plays, juggling, gymnastics etc.
As a writer and lover of books, I fully embrace what it means for our protagonist to discover what to him is unimaginable, a library. This discovery does not come without it complications.
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