Imagine this: Two 30-something scientists, Mr. and Mrs. Clancy, adopt a group of kids off the black market and lock them in rooms that simulate reality as an experiment. Eighteen years later, the Clancys release their subjects into the real world. What world? And how might a lifetime spent behind a screen impact a generation?
Carte Blanche is a fast-paced short story authored by Stephanie Manova depicting a condensed and extreme version of what becomes of youth raised in a virtually based reality.
...this story seemed underdeveloped.
I understand that short stories can be challenging and are often used to lay the groundwork for a larger novel later. In this case, there was so many underdeveloped aspects that I believe it would best be made into a larger work.
The basic premise of children growing up in isolation but parented by a virtual reality machine has so much potential. Even the unethical scientists have their own story to be told.
So, do I recommend this? Yes, if you want to explore a neat concept. No, if you're looking for something with more depth.