Orchards by Katherine Silva is a quick short story in The Wild Oblivion world filled with darkness, terror, confusion, and desperation.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Orchards by Katherine Silva
In a collection of memories that filter through like the images in a carousel slide projector, we follow Brody Aritza through his recollections of his childhood as well as more recent events. But between many scenes, we also get very unsettling pages that make it clear that something is very wrong here.
Brody is clinging to a very thin rope of sanity as he fights to remember where he is and what he needs to do to get back.
My gosh. This is such an unsettling read to begin with, but the format makes it so much more intense!
I mean, check out this page for example; a page with darkness and scattered text that reads, “let me out”… (Apologies on the quality, I took the photo off of my ereader)
If you haven’t yet read other books in The Wild Oblivion world, this one may be a little confusing. OR it may just draw you in, desperate for answers as to what is going on!
I had previously read everything in this world that has been released, so I thought it was really interesting to get more insight into poor Brody’s experience. With each glimpse into the darkness that he was stuck in, I got more and more nervous for him.
My Favorite Passage from Orchards
I am nine again, all pluck, calloused hands and sun-soaked skin.
My Final Thoughts on Orchards
What a quick and unnerving read! I read quickly, my eyes absolutely flying over the pages to absorb all of the information as fast as I could. I felt a level of desperation right along with the character; as much as he wanted to break out of the darkness, I wanted to see more within!
I would recommend this to horror fans that have already read The Wild Dark. Having the appropriate level of context is super helpful with this one.
The Wild Dark by Katherine Silva is a supernatural horror tale where the forest is overtaking the land, bringing darkness along with it. And within that darkness, there are more horrors than just the wolves that have been spotted…