The Belonging by Eric Del Carlo
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Length: Short Story (16 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
A teenager's attempt to fit in with the new kids in town takes an out of this world turn.
When first contact is made with the alien race Khondra, Flynn is excited and interested in the newcomers. So, when a group of Khondra youngsters enroll in his high school, he'll do anything to be considered part of their clique. But the most ordinary things are considered contraband for the Khondra. Flynn's quest to be just like his new friends leads him down a dangerous path. Will he really ever belong to the Khondra clique? Or, will he just learn to despise his humanity in the end?
Every teen’s dream is to fit in with the cool crowd, right? But what if the cool crowd isn’t from Earth? What would you do to adapt and fit in?
This is the question Flynn Adams is asking himself. For Flynn it’s more than merely fitting in, he wants to belong. What he fails to see is the fine line between becoming “one of the guys” and being obsessed with becoming something you’re not.
When we’re first introduced to Flynn, he’s your typical teenager. Both fascinated and a little frightened of the new aliens at school, he does his level best to befriend the newcomers and find out all that he can about them. A healthy curiosity to understand something new can be good. However, Flynn is too easily sucked into the unknown and his quest for knowledge gets out of hand. Because of this flaw, his character is both believable and relatable for teens and adults alike.
I had no trouble seeing at least a little bit of myself in Flynn, for better or worse. What I enjoyed best about his character is that despite his major character flaws, I really did like him and want badly for him to succeed. Even though I knew, deep in my heart, that success for him would ultimately be an epic failure.
The Belonging is a timely story for our generation. This story is a futuristic reminder to us to take heart with what we are and to make the best of ourselves without getting caught up in the bid to be noticed.
An intriguing and unique way to retell a familiar story, The Belonging, is an enjoyable read for both teens and adults.