Speculating on SpecFic

Fantastic Literature: From epic fantasy to fairytales to myth-making

The First - This novella is so sweet! It follows Edmund Blithe, who blithely turns up to work, alive and well, exactly a year after his death. Chaos ensues, and soon he's being questioned by government officials and hounded by the media. But he has no answers - he can't even remember being dead. According to his memory, he proposed to his girlfriend, Emily, a few days ago, and all he wants to do is see her again.Emily has spent the last year trying to forget the man who died the day after he proposed to her. She's stopped wearing the ring, and is finally moving on, when he miraculously comes back from the dead. I felt like I got to know Emily really well in the brief time I was able to spend with her - she's a strong character who literally flies off the page. I feel that Edmund isn't as strong, but I think that the author captured his bewilderment and craving for normalcy well.This prequel novella forms a great introduction into the mysterious phenomenon at the heart of Jason Mott's The Returned, and the couple have the cutest, cutest story. I hope we get to see how they're coping in The Returned.You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.