Review: The World's Last Misfit

The World's Last Misfit - James Peter Stack

Imagine in the future, a world so perfect that no uncertainty exists, no discomfort, no problems. You don't have to work unless you want to - work is a hobby, not a requirement - and you are woken up each morning to your breakfast waiting for you, exactly as you prefer.


Seriously, think about it.


Wouldn't you get bored after a while?


Yes, I would love to be able to read all of the books I want... but in a world where everything is perfect, can you immerse yourself in a book to imagine a better life? When there is nothing to strive against, and no goal to aim for, are you just going through the motions?


Ben certainly seems to think so. Perfect is just... too perfect for him.


The World's Last Misfit takes us through the story of perhaps the only person in the world who is actually trying to bring imperfection to the people around him. Or is he?


What I loved about this short story is that the chain of events isn't obvious. Just when you think you know what is going on, a twist is thrown into the works. This perfect future might just have a few surprises left in store...