Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Noon wishes fate would give him a break. He's survived an attack from an ancient robot and just wants to go home. Also his body might be dying, and he's stranded in the middle of nowhere. He should really know better by now. This short story takes place in a lush, overgrown post apocalyptic world where the majority of the population are descendants of genetic experiments and have strange powers. More
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Review by: Mary Blackwell on Sep. 5, 2014 :
This short story starts off with a young man fighting a robotic spider, we discover he has stupidly gone off by himself and is not feeling too good, has lost his transportation and cannot get home safely.

I really loved the way the story unfolded (in light of Kirstyn's statement at the end that her plan is to expand the tale) and the way that various factors were dropped casually into the scenario which let us know a bit about the environment, current society and history. Now I want to know more so it would be great to see the expanded version and see not only what happens next, but more of what is happening so far.
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Review by: Alex James on Sep. 4, 2014 :
Artifact was only a thousand words and I found it free on Smashwords. What I liked most about it was the setting; metal arachnids, violet-pink eyes, a race called Pulsars, humming insects and lizards, etc. The concept of the story was rather good as well. Noon is a Pulsar who wants to find answers about his race by finding artifacts, and is reprimanded for going off on his own.

Bit of very minor criticism: the atmosphere was described very well and I did like the style, however I felt it went a touch too fast, condensing the feelings and motivations too much. There weren’t many errors apart from serious ones that interrupted the flow of the text.

Overall I would strongly recommend that the author continues work based in this or a similar world, because I would definitely want to read it.
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