Review: “Chuy and the Fish” by David Wellington

3 of 5 stars.

This very short story is included in Extreme Zombies edited by Paula Guran. As the title implies, this story is about man vs. nature. Chuy is working a shift as a watchman on Governor’s Island off the coast of Manhattan, after the city and most of the mainland has succumbed to a zombie apocalypse. The story covers one evening in his life. In particular, I found the opening lines to be quite evocative:

Rain came down so hard it was tough to tell the difference between the water and the air. It scoured the esplanade, a million soft explosions a second, and it battered the weeds that pushed up through the cracks in the parking lot asphalt.

Like most zombie stories, the focus is not the zombies, but rather the survivors. The group on Governor’s Island is comprised of jaded former New Yorkers. Their disconnect from nature could explain the calling of anything residing in the ocean, a fish. More importantly, individuals must decide what they are willing to sacrifice for the sake of the group’s survival.
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