I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
According to the State, Marc Sullivan isn’t well. His panic and constant anxiety keep him from fulfilling his social potential, so he spends his afternoons in prescribed remedial courses designed to help him be more outgoing. Like he hasn’t already tried to live without feeling like throwing up all the time. Sheesh.
One day, beautiful, seemingly normal Charis joins Marc’s group. There’s something different about this girl, Marc thinks. Perhaps he could be more like her, and not what everyone thinks he should be. It will take effort, sure, but maybe – just maybe – he could do it.
In this short story about Marc, we are taken to a future that defines each person based solely on the numbers of how many Associates (friends) one has and those who are different are assumed to need “help”.
The message of this story is to encourage one to develop closer friendships and to shift our focus away from all of the numbers that today’s social media is trying to enthrall us with.
It’s best to remember when purchasing, that this is a short story, in fact, it took me about a half hour to read start to finish, but it was time well spent and I will more than likely re-read this story in the future. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.