"When the World Was Full of People" by Patricia Russo is kind of insane. My first reaction to this story as a whole was "what?".
The first-person narrator has an incredible voice. It's enthralling in the oddest sort of way. He/she carries the story on his/her shoulders virtually alone. The small number of other characters are interesting simply because they are depicted through the narrator's voice.
You have to read this story to understand the plot. There is a sequence of events, but they don't really resolve any sort of conflict. In fact, the whole concept of "conflict" in relation to this story are making my head spin. There are several teeny-tiny conflicts splattered across the text. It's just weird.
I like the setting of this story. The epistolary first-person POV allows readers to know that the narration is from the future, a future very different from the present. The setting being referred to in the past-tense is simple, yet serene.
At around 2,000 words, "When the World Was Full of People" is a fast read. I'd recommend reading it just because it's so utterly mind-boggling without seeming mind-boggling until after you've read through the whole thing. I'm still very confused and I think I've confused myself even more.