Aug 26, 2017

Short Story Saturday | Kin by Bruce McAllister

This feature was created by Lauren from 365 Days of Reading

Title: "Kin" by Bruce McAllister
Source: Levar Burton Reads Podcast

One Line Summary: Bruce McAllister's "Kin" is a boy-meets-alien story that hits all the standard buttons of that form.

Thoughts: Like many other reviewers on Goodreads, I listened to this short story on the podcast, Levar Burton Reads. If you're not familiar with it, Levar Burton was the host of the show Reading Rainbow, and his podcast features Burton reading one short story per episode. "Kin" was his first episode, which he narrated amazingly. I am not a big science fiction fan, but this story had me captivated from the start. It could've been because of Burton's voice, or the cinematic sounds that come along with each story (sponsored by Audible) but I wanted to know where this story was going.

The short story follows a young boy who has requested a meeting with an alien, whom he wants to hire to kill someone in order to save his sister's life. While we don't find out the full details right away, the story has a bit of a twist that kept me intrigued to continue listening, and the ending was quite heartwarming. It wasn't at all what I expected from the first episode, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

You can find this short story here

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