There is something almost intriguing about short stories. I generally read full-length novels where the details are many and the questions are (usually) answered quite neatly. Short stories, such as Emilie Knight’s Silver Knowledge tend to raise more questions than answers and have so many mysteries to solve that I just really like them.
1. Thoughts on the plot
This book follows Errol after he receives a mysterious pen as his inheritance from his father. When he writes with this pen, he receives a message. And it turns out that the message saves his life. This leads to a string of events that shapes Errol’s life as he finds love, happiness, and plans for the future. All with the hope and simultaneous threat of the pen hanging over him.
I really, really liked the premise of this book. A pen that sends mysterious messages as you write with it? I’m hooked. Butt he way that this plot was laid out left just enough doubt as to what was going to happen that I couldn’t help but be intrigued. And the ending! Oh my!
2. Thoughts on the characters
It can sometimes be difficult to get to know characters in shorter stories, simply because we don’t spend as much time with them. However, Errol may be an exception to that rule. He is, at first, a little angry at his father for leaving him a pen when all he wanted was something more out of their relationship. But when he learns what the pen is…well, let’s just say that Errol is quickly moulded into the shape of a true believer. This is fascinating to read as he interacts with the world, since he is shaped by something that other people could not possibly comprehend. Does this make him different? Special? Just a little abnormal? I don’t know, but I love it.
3. Favourite part
The pen. Okay, yes, that is literally the point of the story, but it’s a PEN that WRITES back! Cue excited squealing.
My only real critique for this story—as is usually the case with short stories—is that I want more! I wish there were more adventures, more stories, because I just loved this one so much.
Overall, I would say that Silver Knowledge is a story that has the perfect amount of suspense, consequences, characters to love, and an ending that just steals the breath away. An excellent story.