Not the Norm (A Sub-Normal short story)

Not the Norm (A Sub-Normal short story)

by Becca J. Campbell

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BN ID: 2940014752916
Publisher: Becca J. Campbell
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 103 KB

About the Author

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written three additional novels and several shorter works.

As the wife of a musician and mother of three young boys, Becca’s life is never dull. Whether it is writing, painting or knitting, she enjoys making stuff that wasn’t there before.

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Not the Norm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
I loved this story.  It's gripping, intense, and very different.  It incorporates classic themes, and puts a new spin on them.  The idea that we can make people perfect.  Ostracizing and destroying that which is different.  These are classics, and I loved how the author utilized them in this story. The story started out great.  First, this tension as a young woman interrupts a break in.  What will he do?  Then bam!  Well, I won't tell you, but I laughed. The story has tragedy, romance, government interference, a little bit of comedy.  The only thing I can say against it is it's too short.  I felt a little jarred by the jumped from having just met to being head over heels in love.  I wish there had been a little something in between, a little bit more.  Still, a great little read, and free to boot!  The author said it was always free.
cvkrieger More than 1 year ago
Not The Norm by Becca J. Campbell is a sci-fi short story set in the future where people are genetically altered to have super powers. This intriguing story is so colorfully written it will grab you the moment you start the first page, and captivate you to the last. I found the characters relatable and I became attached to them from the very beginning (it can sometimes take a while to get the reader attached to characters, so that was very well done.) I loved reading about this futuristic world and how differently they view life. This stands great as a short story, but I would love to know more about their world and what happens to Eden and Dake after the story ends. I'm secretly hoping she expands it into either a novel or a series of short stories. This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who enjoy sci-fi.
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jscottsharp More than 1 year ago
In a current world government that has its hands in everyone's business, I love to read stories where the government has gone even further. It's realistic to me and portrays a world I can imagine easily. 1984 by George Orwell, Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, these have always been fodder for my imagination. So it was with great pleasure that I was given the opportunity to read a short story by Becca J. Campbell called "Not The Norm." the planet has become a dystopian planet, one where everyone thinks that genetic enhancement makes one normal. Eden is a woman who has been genetically enhanced, but the enhancement has a glitch in the genetic code. This cold cause great danger for her if it is ever revealed. Unfortunately, she is forced to fight back with the very power that has revealed itself to be flawed. She is danger and on the run. I loved this story. Campbell has succeeded again in populating her world with characters that I care about. I have read a lot of really bad writing recently, so it was with great pleasure that I read this story and was swept up in Eden's story. Part 1 of the story even has some humor, in a relatively humorless situation. I was impressed with the character of Eden who understands intimately what it could mean to be "sub-norm" and what the consequences can be for her and others. The world was real to me. I liked that Campbell was able to give me a world that has turned the corner, not becoming the utopia that it thought it was, but a prison for people. It reminded me of the many ways that we hate people and destroy people now. This story was a reminder to me that we need to quit messing with the natural order of things. It could have dire consequences for freedom in the world. Thanks again Ms. Campbell! This was a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago