David, an IT specialist for the army, starts his day with an interrupted breakfast, and things quickly go down hill from there.
Whilst eating a toasted bagel, he receives a phone call from his boss about a crisis in work requiring his immediate attention. However, this is momentarily shoved to the back of his mind when his barking dog, Curly, draws his attention to a raging fire on the edge of his property. When he takes a look outside he finds that the fire has already started consuming houses further up the street.
What we come to learn as we read the story is that the world has been hit by a global food crisis, and Breakfast is Severed recounts the localised issues that David is witness to. As society begins to break down, it doesn’t take long for things to escalate. In a matter of hours, life as David knows it has completely fallen apart.
This short story is a fast-paced read, full of action. The plot, revealed a bit at a time, was unpredictable and the depth of description provided within the story brought the scenes David witnesses to life in a vivid way. We are cleverly shown all the important aspects of his life and how they are affected by the crisis that is raging all around.
Breakfast is Severed presents us with a worrying vision of a future forged out of food shortages and how a population might react when struggling to survive. If you are looking for something different I recommend you give this a read.
Breakfast is Severed is a prelude to the novel, Society for Supper, released December 2014. I downloaded a copy of Breakfast is Severed for free from Smashwords.