Also in this series: The Key, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”
Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, United States
First Line(s): It begins, as always, in darkness.
Original Story: Puss-in-Boots
Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready is the second story in the Grim Anthology and was a pretty well developed story. As with more short stories, Figment could have been longer and I would have liked to have seen it as a full length story for the ending was a bit rushed. Despite that though it was a good adaptation of the original story. I really liked the character of Eli and even though the reader doesn’t get a lot of time with him he was a fully developed character. He’s not perfect but you could see him as that swoon worthy book boyfriend that everyone would want the heroine of a story to chose. I also like the character of Lyra during her oh so brief appearance. Figment is also a good story for thinking about the ideas of luck versus hard work and which of the two is better and longer lasting.
One thing that sets Figment apart from other anthologies that I’ve read is that it includes and epilogue. And this epilogue is a bit of a killer as there is this large gap between it and where the main narrative of the story ends. Its a tease to the reader as it just makes you want to know what happened during the time that passed. How did the characters in the story change and where did they go. I think that without this epilogue I may not have liked this story as much. I just like thinking about all the paths and possibilities. All in all there is much to think of in this story and I look forward to reading more of this anthology.