Title: Blood Drive
Author: Jeffrey Ford
Published: Originally published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia 2012. Reprinted in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7
Genre: Science fiction, dystopia
Length: 10 pages, Short story
Reading time: While baking Christmas cookies.
I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.
When I first started reading this story, I at first thought I had read it already, somewhere, but quickly realised that, no I had indeed not, but one of my Austrian podcasts had talked about it. I am not quite sure which one though.
Once I had gotten over by my initial confusion I was sucked in first by the world building and when by the story. How had America become a place where you had to bring a gun to school? Where they were thinking about having high school kids working minimum wage jobs as better than being in school?
But quickly I wanted to know more about the characters and their relationships. Our main character has a growing romance with another girl in a world where that is very much not ok. She tries to navigate her senior year where everyone is packing and where it more than once goes horribly wrong.
The story made me feel with the girls, made me hope they would get away from their small town crappiness, perhaps leave America so they could be with each other.
I found the story really touching, intriguing and I actually wanted to know a lot more about this world! And I totally get what all the buzz was about. It is a story that makes you think and it is very much a comment on gun control as well as school shootings.