REVIEW: “Them Oranges” by Nicole M. Wolverton

Review of Nicole M. Wolverton, “Them Oranges”, Luna Station Quarterly 46 (2021): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Lettie knows that every summer, when the scent of “them oranges” comes wafting through the windows, she will be called on to perform a necessary sacrifice to protect her village — just like her mother before her, and just like her daughter-to-be will after — whatever the sacrifice might cost her, personally.

This was a bit of a surprising story for LSQ — more to the horror than the SFF side of things. Perhaps that’s why it was one I’d file under “not for me”, because it was stronger on the shock and gore than it was on the world-building and scene-setting. I would have liked to know more about what Lettie’s sacrifice was protecting the village from.

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