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After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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So the real question the becomes why should you buy this anthology?
The answer is simple, because of the authors.
Anthologies offer readers a chance to enter the worlds and writing styles of readers they've never tried before, giving them a sample of the authors works without feeling the obligation to finish or buy a new book by a new author.
And this anthology has taken some pretty incredible authors and put them together here. Garth Nix, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are some of the biggest names in the field of dystopian YA. There stories are fantastic and great reads for fans of their work.
My personal favorite short story in this anthology is Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan. It didn't feel like a short story, instead it felt like the first few chapters of a fantastic new novel. A novel that I really hope she finishes. The premise of the story is that the world was thrown into chaos for years, and the light that brought civilization back out of the darkness was the creation of the perfect woman. Every 25 years all of the single male population is rounded up and forced to compete against one another in a series of challenges that leaves only 1 man alive. This winner receives the hand of his perfect queen and the power to rule over all. This has been going on for years and seems to work relatively well.Read more ›
The thing about After that sounded so interesting was the fact that it's a series of short stories about life after the apocalypse. And yes, I did see what they did there. Anyhow, I was interested to begin reading After especially since the list of authors that they have seemed pretty impressive (I personally was excited to see what author Beth Revis had written). After not only shows all the possible outcomes of the apocalypse (should our world legitimately end, be destroyed by war or get ravaged by supernatural beasts) and for the most part, I enjoyed every moment of it.
From the starting story, The Segment, by author Genevieve Valentine to The Marker by author Cecil Castellucci, After was an anthology that has given me enough dystopia to never need to read another dystopian novel ever again. I mean really, almost every single possible topic and plot point was reached in the anthology. The only thing that I don't think I got to read about was zombies, but even then, it's not a major disappointment (however I was secretly hoping that Carrie Ryan would give me a final taste of her zombie universe).
My absolute favorite short story in After was Beth Revis' The Other Elder.Read more ›
Should note that there's not a single dog or bad story here in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, and editor/authors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling deserve some kudos for putting this collection together in the ARC that I have. There are just a few 3-star tales here, but the bulk of the stories deserve a 4-star or higher rating. And subjectively speaking, there are some excellent 5-star that truly stand out above the rest. My subjective favorites are:
◆ Valedictorian, by N.K. Jemisin.
◆ Visiting Nelson, by Katherine Langrish.
◆ The Easthound, by Nalo Hopkinson.
◆ Faint Heart, by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Some of the stores here are unnerving, some are hopeful, some will make us question if they could actually happen in the near future, and some will make the reader stop and think. This reader cannot help but wonder if there aren't a few authors here who will go down in literary history in the years to come as being the ranked with such as Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), Kurt Vonnegut (...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading the Ashfall by Mike Mullin, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games series by Susanne Collins, I have been drawn to stories about the apocalypse... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Second Run Reviews
Nineteen stories of well known authors and their look at the after effects of the world's end. The stories were covered a wide range of emotions from the terror to the hopeful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cj zawacki
It was not as good as I thought it would be. Some of the stories were good ( I think 3 or4 total) the others were okay.Published 2 months ago by Athena
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Just in case you’re wondering (because I’m sure you are) I love dystopia. Read more
I love all books that have Ellen Datlow involved. This had some very good stories in itPublished 9 months ago by shigui
After having read WOOL - ( which initially was a short story ) I have loved dystopian, post apocolyptic, science fiction type short story books. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carolyn Bunch
The story wasn't as good as I had hoped but, fast delivery. It was exactly what I expected. I recommend this Amazon seller.Published 13 months ago by james somahjawahho
I love reading about post apocalyptic/dystopian environments and the affect it has on the characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Filly Fernandes
These are great short stories by the best writers in the genre. Couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Alexis Baron