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Destination 2: Frontline Workers During the Pandemic by Tarze Thomas is a collection of two stories about working in retail during the pandemic. The first story is Bailey’s Decision. Bailey has lost her husband and lives alone with her cats. Struggling to cope, she decides to take a job in retail in a Supercenter. Once there, she discovers that she is faced with some of the worst customers and finds herself having to make a tough decision. In the second story, aliens are heading for Destination 2, Planet Earth. They want to see if they can take over the planet and send one of their scouts, disguised as a human, to work in a big box store. The pandemic breaks out, all hell is let loose, and “Angel” finds herself facing a nightmare as people’s true natures shine through. She has to decide whether the invasion is a good idea – will she or won’t she?
Destination 2: Frontline Workers During the Pandemic by Tarze Thomas is a fascinating collection. The first is a short story and the second is a longer-length novella. Both stories highlight what some of the human race has become, the sheer level of entitlement some people display, their disregard for others, and the devil-may-care attitude toward the destruction they wreak on the planet. The author worked in retail while the pandemic was ongoing and these are real experiences she faced, with the hoarding, swearing, face-mask arguments, and more; everything we all read about on the news but which most of us were lucky enough not to have to face down.
These stories are well-written, somewhat bittersweet tales that call out humanity for what it has become. You may think the second story is a little repetitive but that’s what retail is – the same thing every day. Both stories get their point across in a thoroughly enjoyable, amusing in places way. Anyone who works in retail will see themselves here and they may even recognize many of the customer types. If you want to see the real effects of the pandemic on human nature, ditch the news and read these stories instead – herein lies the truth.