Tomas Marcantonio’s story “Unmasked” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 31 May 2019.
I’ve always enjoyed reading about dystopian societies, especially ones where the main characters are in the dark about their pasts or the nature of their worlds. The set-up and slow uncovering of the truth is usually the highlight of these stories, but I wanted to write something that challenged the reader even after the “grand reveal”.
Min-soo, the protagonist of “Unmasked”, spends six months inside a walled, roofed city before she uncovers the truth of why she and all the other inhabitants are there. When she does, things aren’t tied up neatly in bows; this story deals with difficult questions regarding crime and punishment, and the age-old debate of nature versus nurture.
Hopefully the reader sympathises with the main characters in the story, but at the same time they won’t come away thinking of them as heroes. The story’s key concept is a controversial one and there’s no clear good or evil, and no clear right or wrong. My aim with this “Unmasked” was to get the reader thinking, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
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