Ahoy there me mateys! Here I continue me trend of awesome novellas published by Tor.com. The first mate is the one who found this sci-fi offering at a local library and wanted to read it. I read the premise and had to read it first! Arrr!
I actually didn’t realize that this was a Tor novella until after I had read it. Given the pure awesomeness of the story, this didn’t surprise me. I have other works by the author on me ports for plunder list but this was the introduction to his writing style. I be very, very impressed.
The premise is that there is a girl named Molly who has one simple life rule: don’t bleed. Why ye ask? Because every time she bleeds, a clone (or more) of herself is “born” and it tries to kill her. She has been watching herself die ever since she was little. But as she grows, the problem gets worse. Who will win? Real molly or one of her doubles?
It was a quick, fun read and I devoured it. It is super atmospheric and creepy. Well written and original. I will never look at a simple scrape the same way. Reading it after midnight by lantern made it all the better. This would make an awesome (if bloody) shorter film. I will certainly be picking up more work by Tade Thompson. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
The rule is simple: don’t bleed.
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.
Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?
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