“When They Come Back” by Natalia Theodoridou

February 13, 2017

A review for the short story “When They Come Back” by Natalia Theodoridou

First published in Crossed Genres‘s issue 22: Robots, Androids & Cyborgs (October 2014)

Narrated by  Ibba Armancas in EscapePod’s November 2016’s podcast

Summary: Men are long gone, and the only thing left are robots and angel-like creatures who are still searching for humans. A robot befriends an angel while looking for his lover.

This is an abstract story that gives bit by bit any information about a meta-apocalyptic world where android-like robots have survived. We don’t know exactly what are the angels, but apart from their fluid-shape-changing ability, we know that were faithful companion to men.  Friendship, loss, grief, hope are examined through this Natalia’s work.

Pros:

+ lyrical writing which suits the story well

+ various themes examined based on loss

+ imaginative world building, including the angel-like creatures

Cons:

– The story’s abstractness due to its short form make us ask lots of questions (although this can have a positive side-effect since it will stick in our mind for a longer time while pondering it)

Wrap Up

  • 9/10
    Writing
  • 7.5/10
    Plot
  • 8.5/10
    World-building

Pros

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