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Reviewed by Ammaarah Seboa for Readers' Favorite
Blank by Nanette L. Avery is by far one of the most interesting novellas I’ve read. Imagine the world just reset itself, everything goes blank, and mankind can’t remember the past. No one knows how much time has passed since the blank, no one remembers much of the time before it. Set in the far future where the world has resorted to a dystopia, and seeds are used to barter for goods, we meet the sisters Danube and Amazon Rivers along with brothers Alabama and Nebraska Bailiwick. The four youths grew up in the same town and one day they stumbled across the mysterious Alice, who appeared out of nowhere. But unlike the four and their mundane lives, Alice has her own mission and sets forth in her new normal.
Told in the third person while displaying multiple character points of view, Nanette L. Avery’s novella Blank echoes the tale of Alice in Wonderland combined with The Lost City of Atlantis. I say this because the world everyone knew before is gone, and the one they have woken up in operates by a completely different set of rules. To give us some background, the story switches between the present and the past, and there’s even a chapter in which I applaud Nanette’s genius! The story was not rushed but really well-paced. There are quite a few pieces of advice to take away from this book, my favorite being: “The present is stagnant until I make a choice.” I think this quote alone sums up the story and how choice plays an important role in what the main characters go through. A beautiful 5 stars!