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When I Woke Up I Knew I was Dead: A Short Story
by N. Primak (Goodreads Author)
Sean was living a normal life until one day he wakes up with a sudden realization: he is dead. Every part of him is acutely aware of his dead state, but in a society where death has been 'cured', he cannot so easily advertise his feelings. Will Sean ever be able to convince the world of his deadness, or will he forever remain the lone voice in a sea of ignorance?
ebook, 10 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Smashwords
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I got this as a free download so I didn't have anything to lose by reading it. I kept finding myself wanting to like it more than I did. Honestly I think the story could have been really good as something longer but what was left just seemed to be missing something like the other work I've read from this author. Something makes me want to like it, but then it just seems to be missing something for me.
Set in a time when Death no longer stalks the Earth we follow Sean as he wakes up one day to find himself deceased. As he tries to go about his normal routine, he finds that he is not alone in his predicament and seeks the help of a classmate in an effort to convince others that he is in fact dead, with somewhat disastrous results. A rather tongue in cheek look at life and death and the power of society in changing the way people think, act and feel.
A short story on a young boy's problem in proving what he was saying is right. When he tell's that he is dead, his parents go crazy and his girl friend becomes upset. But finally he proves that he is really dead by committing suicide.
While reading through a pile of short stories for this week’s Reader Radar, I came across some crazy things - aliens, pissed off gnomes (more on this later), secret fairytale lands, and then this one. I actually kind of kept moving on after reading it, still searching for just the right story to feature, and while I was eating dinner, I couldn’t help but continue to think about it. It was nagging at the corners of my brain, creeping back in, refusing to go the way of the aliens.
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Ultimately this was an interesting idea that didn't go anywhere. The social commentary was thinly veiled, elements were introduced but then forgotten and the ending felt like a poor attempt to make the reader ponder a story that had very little depth. The writing itself was okay, although at times it felt like the author was too in love with her own strange metaphors.
Aug 29, 2014 Lucy Furr rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The idea for this story really had potential, but as much as I hoped this little 16 page short would be awesome, it totally falls flat and really goes nowhere. Such a great title, though.