Nothing but the Rain

Tor.com. Mar. 2023. 96p. ISBN 9781250849809. pap. $16.99. SF
DEBUT The constant rain in tiny Aloisville chills to the bone. No one can remember when it started raining or how long they’ve been trapped inside. There are walls and gates and guards, and no one knows why. Something in the rain makes everyone forget—forget yesterday, forget their loved ones and their lives, forget how they got there in the first place. Are they quarantined for a disease outbreak or a scientific experiment? And can one elderly woman manage to remember enough to find a way out? This dystopian novella is as chilling as that rain. Through one woman’s diary, the fractured life of the town is laid bare, and the creeping horror is in just how much they don’t remember and don’t know. Everyone is an unreliable narrator, especially the diarist. This becomes a story about the cost of survival in a world where all transgressions can be forgotten, even the one that put them there in the first place.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who prefer their apocalypses amorphous and like their chills of horror to come from the implications of the unknown.
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