REVIEW: “How to be Caffeine-Free” by Shannon Roberts

Review of Shannon Roberts, “How to be Caffeine-Free,” Luna Station Quarterly 53 (2023): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

This story won “best title of the issue” in my book, and thus was an easy first choice to read and review.

For Greyce, being caffeine-free matters. She’s living in Cosmos, where nothing matters more than chasing your dreams; but if she drinks too much coffee, her sleep gets screwed up, and if her sleep gets screwed up then she doesn’t dream any dreams. I found this to be an odd story, oddly written, and — for me — not quite living up to the potential of its name.