Review: The Caretaker: A Short Story

The Caretaker: A Short Story
The Caretaker: A Short Story by Jason Gurley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seriously, Jason Gurley has got market share on the talent to terrify me as a reader. I’m sure I’m not alone – speak up if you agree! The Caretaker is a simple story sharing a glimpse into the life of Alice Quayle, a “caretaker” of sorts for an in-orbit spacecraft. She’s the one who goes up in between missions and takes care of the day-to-day needs of the ship. Light bulbs, oiling, etc. It just so happens that down on Earth, disarmament talks are currently taking place.

Disarmament talks aren’t always successful.

Alice watches as the world, quite literally, goes up in smoke. Now she and her only companion, a high-level AI named Eve, deal with the fallout.

Seriously terrifying, Jason. I need to remind myself to breathe.

The only reason this isn’t a 4-star review is because I’m confused what the goal of Alice was at the end. I can guess, but I’m NOT entirely sure I’m right, and I felt a bit disappointed that I wasn’t more clear, especially following excessive clarity for the entire story preceding.

Disclaimer: I received The Caretaker free for being a recipient of Jason’s newsletter.

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