The Chambered Eye by Jessica Reisman

I’m a little late to get this review in on Monday morning, but I read the story and it’s still worth reviewing.

Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas.

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a post-apocalyptic water world with some future tech

Summary: Sebira is one of a quartet of reader-tellers, all with the same gene-set. They work for the Gamboges Vivant circus. It’s another day and another town, but Sebira suddenly starts seeing visions on top of her usual flashes of insight. She’s afraid it means her gene-set is bad and the whole quartet will be eliminated. Turns out, she’s just evolving and another of her quartet had the same thing happen to him.

Final thoughts: The beginning was a bit dense with info-dumps, but by the end, I was interested in what was happening to Sebira. She’s been genetically enhanced in order to become a gypsy fortune teller, and turns out, she really can see the future. It was an interesting world, but people are still people, and I’ve been to the carnival and seen the crowds described in the story. I might have liked a bit more about learning to read the symbols she started to see, but it ended on a satisfying enough note. Not sure how this story ties into Texas, as the collection is supposed to do, but I still liked it.

Title comes from: Perhaps it refers to the all-seeing eye, or the third eye that lets you see beyond the normal senses. Sebira’s just opened up more fully to see into the future.

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