Goodreads Book Description: Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.
is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes.
Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches
of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease,
corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and
their courage is tested.
Powerful original dystopian tales from
nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and
precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
and Ashes is a collection of dystopian YA short stories, edited by
Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. It's an interesting set of stories--
both from the perspective of just their content, and also, from the
perspective of how authors who normally write full length novels try
their hand at a shorter form.
There is varying success. All of
the stories have interesting slants on the dystopian world, but some
struggle at a backstory in such little space like Veronica Roth in the
first story Hearken. It's beautifully written, but the dystopian world
is explained away as a place where random people drop bombs for no
apparent reason. Branded by Kelley Armstrong, is a unique take on a
paranormal type of dystopian, and probably does the best at a complete
story with twists in a small space. Dogsbody by Rachel Caine may have
been my favorite-- both in scope, story, and characterization. Beth
Revis told a story in her Across the Universe world, which I enjoyed
because I love her trilogy, but I feel that those who have not read them
may not appreciate it as much. The rest of the stories are
entertaining, but also not particularly memorable.
Overall, I think this was definitely a worthwhile read with some terrific stories from great authors.
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