The Day the World Turned Upside Down

Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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The Day the World Turned Upside Down


I really enjoyed the other stories I'd read by this author, so I was really expecting to enjoy this one as well. Instead, it was a major disappointment.

The story must have been written in the throes of a bad relationship breakup, because the main character -- who has just been dumped by his girlfriend -- is a selfish, thoughtless, utterly self-absorbed person who clearly perceives himself to be a "nice guy" despite repeatedly behaving horribly.

I'm always willing to give SFF authors my willing suspension of disbelief, and I was happy to do so here with the loss of gravity, where up becomes down. Except that sometimes it didn't. And that was where my willing suspension went out the window: if an author is going to use a fantastic premise, fine, but do so consistently.

Some of the imagery in the story is quite lovely. Unfortunately, it was completely overshadowed by a main character who is a totally awful person, but who believes himself to be an unappreciated hero.

Recommended only if you have nothing else to read.