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The Last Conversion by Paul Tremblay

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award–winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness.

Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you—physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?Goodreads


This was an interesting story idea, but overall it felt rather flat to me. Tremblay’s use of the 2nd person didn’t not work, but it failed to give the sense of intimacy he was going for. I don’t think it was the wrong style choice for the story, since the entire thing is about being told who you are, but since “who you are” in this case is so ultra specific that unless you have a thing or two already in common with the character starting out, it is really difficult to buy into.

This is opposed to Jemisin’s work in this collection, which also used 2nd person to greater effect by leaving a lot of the more minute details blank for the reader to fill in and therefore have a better sense that the “you” being spoken to was actually them.