Review: “Break! Break! Break!” by Charlie Jane Anders

2 of 5 stars.

This hyper little story is filtered through the highly distracted mind of an ADHD teen. His affectation is taken to the max which allows virtually none of the actual story of what is going on in society to reach the reader. This is unfortunate, and not enjoyable.

Rock Manning is the hyper son of a failed stuntman. He enjoys school immensely, only because it provides him with a trapped audience for his clowning, pranks, and dangerous stunts. He enjoys attention. His match is met in Sally Hamster who likes to film stupid pet tricks and jackassery starring the ever-hurt Rock, and posting said videos online for likes and follows.

Meanwhile, rioting is erupting all over the US and the draft age keeping slinking younger. Why is never asked nor answered. Also, some sort of red bandana gang forms to counter–something. Not that Rock is paying attention to any of that. He’ll tell you about riding a flaming stationary bike off the roof of a shed and into a pile of leaves.

“Break! Break! Break!” appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 edited by Rich Norton and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in The End is Nigh.
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