Dromos by G. Arden O’Feden
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (11 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Lavender
Thousands of people go missing each year, and Everett Lacrowe discovers where they go when he falls into a world where the only purpose seems to be collecting others like himself. While most people in Dromos accept their surroundings and use a pointless routine to distract themselves, Everett will attempt to find out a way out.
What an interesting and strange experience Everett Lacrowe is about to have. He is a young man working in the local museum. Things seem normal in his life; then he has an accident. This bizarre occurrence sends him on a journey between dimensions. He walks into a place hard to imagine in real life, and the adventure begins.
Unusual beings wander about in this crazy new world. Everett tries to figure out how things work here because it seems like he could be trapped. Threats abound. He’d better catch on quick. Luckily, he meets a nice man, Frank, who helps him. Both Everett andFrank are kind, honest characters. It’s easy to root for them. Everett shows courage, and a reader can get behind him.
Dromos means passageway—a passageway between worlds. Suspense happens as one wonders if Everett will ever get back to the real world where life is mundane. There is some vagueness in the tale such as “When food wasn’t enough to satisfy, they had other things you could taste.” What other things? Some details would have been nice here. And jumping to conclusions happened at times. For instance, how did Everett have certain knowledge about Dromos? It’s not explained within the story. Sometimes the plot jumps around, throwing off the pace, but there are some good descriptions, especially of the illusory inhabitants of the new place. It’s certainly an imaginative story. It’s also interesting when Everett wonders if he’s mentally ill. This is a fast read with a unique storyline.