Published: June 26th 2013 by Tor Books
Format: Ebook, 32 pages
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
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The apocalypse has hit Monument, Colorado, and Jake Simonsen, captain of the football team, is caught in the middle of it. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. Now Jake has to decide how to pick up the pieces.
“Jake and the Other Girl,” an original story by Emmy Laybourne acquired for Tor.com by Holly West, is set in the world of Monument 14.
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Such a selfish boy! I thought being inside his head would give me a reason to like him, but this novella just showed me how right I was in disliking him.
Jake ONLY thinks about sex and drugs. While this would be an exaggeration in most cases, for Jake it’s just a reality. And he’s proud of himself:
“Look, everyone knew that Jake lived for sex. It was his thing. He was handsome and popular and he talked about it—how sex ruled his life.”
The reason he left the group in Monument 14: he saw a photo of a girl he was having sex with and decided to go and see if she’s up for it again. While the world is ending. And his best friend is dying.
“God love you, Jake Simonsen. You braved the apocalypse for a booty call.”
And he got there, and gave her a chocolate – because that’s their thing apparently, he gives chocolate and she sleeps with him – and then she tries to sleep with him! Oh by the way, she’s like a sophomore, so that makes her 15 or 16, right? While Jake is 18.
Anyways, I hate Jake.
I think the author has done a wonderful job with this novella in showing is how broken and sick Jake really is. It makes me feel like I got to know him a lot better, even if he turned out to be worse than I’d originally thought.
Again, this story isn’t essential reading to understand and enjoy the series, but it enhances the experience, and it certainly throws light on what happens in Sky on Fire.