Sunset by Jay Caselberg
Publisher: Urania – Musa Publishing Imprint
Length: Short Story (12 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
In a far flung colony world, sometimes you have to survive any way you can.
A different world, a different time, and a colony left to sink or swim on a planet with hidden dangers.
Max and Sondra are part of a colony on the planet Benefis. The settlement has survived for twenty years and seems to be thriving until the next generation is born. All is not well with the babies; despite being genetically correct, they do not appear to be human.
Despite their unease, the colonists accept the children as their own, until one couple decide they cannot cope and take matters into their own hands. This is Max’s version of the story of what the couple do and how they and the other colonists cope with the aftermath.
The author has written of the dangers and unease confronting the people of Benefis but kept the solution hidden. Only at the end does the author reveal the full details of the story. Keeping the reader interested in this way is a difficult thing for an author to do but Jay Caselberg has achieved this with a touch of finesse.
I enjoyed reading Sunset, and although I would have liked it to be longer I believe the author knew better than I. Any longer, and frustration would have set in. Instead I finished the book knowing I had been entertained and I was left with a feeling of wanting to know more. Perhaps there will be a sequel?