The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

32 pages

English language

Published Oct. 4, 1993 by Creative Education.

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5 stars (1 review)

Some inhabitants of a peaceful kingdom cannot tolerate the act of cruelty that underlies its happiness.

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The most powerful short story I've read this year. This story perfectly encapsulates what could best be described as utilitarianism. You know, the political theory built on the premise of highest good for the greatest number of people. Just goes to show the paradoxical nature of the theory and I'd go as far as to say that it's an allegory on today's vastly unequal society. Highly descriptive, heavily detailed, not overly dramatic, and just the right kind of suspence. The greatest tale under 10 pages.


  • Fantasy.
  • Conduct of life -- Fiction.
  • social commentary