Title: You Won’t Feel a Thing
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: Or at least it was only useful for one thing.
A young boy has a toothache and his visit to the dentist goes nothing like planned.
Nobody likes going to the dentist, and honestly, after reading this short story, I’m not really keen on going to the dentist again… EVER.
The beauty of this story is not only that its short, but it leaves you wanting so much more. Nix’s creation of a dystopian world where there are only children alive is kind of brilliant. Especially when the story is about coming of age in a difficult situation. Well, for some of the characters… yet, there is still an adult tone and message through the tale that I absolutely LOVE.
Although this story kind of makes me terrified of going to the dentist, it also reminds me that some things just shouldn’t be put off. Sometimes you are better off getting help when you need it, and not just toughing out the pain. Actually, it was a good reminder that I should stop putting off some of my responsibilities and actually make my own appointments (isn’t the “I don’t have time” excuse, kind of like “the dog ate my homework”??)
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