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Sarah McKnight
The Reaper's Quota
Meet Grim Reaper #2497. Behind on his work, he must complete his quota of thirty Random Deaths or face termination in the worst way. Faced with an insurmountable task and very little time to complete it, Reaper #2497 struggles to hang on to the one thing he's not supposed to have - his humanity.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: McKnight weaves an interesting - and often thought-provoking tale, delivered with enough charm to keep it generally on track, despite the narrative's propensity to meander in the opening hours.

Prose: A simple, economic prose style works results in a brisk and reader-friendly pace, while also offsetting occasional bouts of repetition and a predilection towards exposition, rather than exploration.

Originality: In many ways, The Reaper's Quota lives and dies by the tropes of its genre, which could make it a hard sell for readers looking for something different. However, the general focus--on a grim reaper who begins to question his task of assigning random deaths--holds within it a flavor of uniqueness that is certain to entertain seasoned sci-fi/fantasy fans while ensnaring newbies, too.

Character/Execution: While the cast might initially seem archetypal, there are many flashes of individuality, even in the smallest of background characters.


Date Submitted: April 03, 2023