How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Short Story Collection / Various
Synopsis: This collection of short stories include a teen beauty queen who suffers a fate worthy of Narcissus, a robot considering his value within society and a statue who struggles with a hero status that is foisted upon it. What holds these stories together is the idea of perfection and our ability as members of society to conform to certain ideals that are often out of reach.
With a variety of different tales including interesting twists, Objection to Perfection is built around the beliefs and values of the next generation. It encourages the knowledge that while it is important to strive towards your own personal goals the idea of perfection is an illusion and in some ways unobtainable.
200words (or less) review: I’ve never been a big short story fan, however this year I signed up for short story creative writing course and consequently been reading a lot of them. Objection to Perfection has over twenty different stories for you to choose from.
There are so many different styles and ideas in this collection that there will be a tale for everyone. With the exception of one story I enjoyed them all of them. Some are funny, others sad, the occasional sweet one and then there are the ones that make you go “wow”. And then there are those that you have to put the book down to think about what you’ve just read.
It took me surprisingly long to finish this book, mainly because I spent so much time mulling over the common theme of perfection. The book blurb asks this:
Is perfection obtainable, or not?
A lot of the stories make you wonder if perfection is worth it and if you’re anything like me you’ll be thinking about that long after you finish the final story.