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Defy the Dark [Kindle Edition]

Saundra Mitchell , Aprilynne Pike , Carrie Ryan , Rachel Hawkins , Sarah Rees Brennan , Tessa Gratton , Christine Johnson , Valerie Kemp , Malinda Lo
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Book Description

The seventeen original stories in Defy the Dark, an eerie, mind-bending YA anthology, could only take place in darkness.
Open the pages and discover: A creepy guy who stares too long. The secrets of the core of the earth. Dreams of other people’s lives. A girl who goes mad in the darkness. Monsters in Bavaria. A generational spaceship where night doesn’t exist. And other mysteries and oddities.
The contributors to the enthralling collection are: Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Rachel Hawkins, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Ockler, Jackson Pearce, Aprilynne Pike, Dia Reeves, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Jon Skovron, Courtney Summers, and Kate Espy, winner of the Defy the Dark new author contest.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Sixteen established YA authors contribute short stories to this collection, which also includes a bonus story by the winner of the Defy the Dark New Author Contest, sponsored by HarperTeen and Figment. Each story takes place either at night or in the dark, which invites a fair share of overtly scary or creepy tales. In Carrie Ryan's "Almost Normal," a group of teens witnesses a zombie invasion from atop a roller coaster, and in Rachel Hawkins's urban-legend-inspired "Eyes in the Dark," a teen couple on a romantic interlude in the woods are hunted by monsters. Some stories are disturbing for other reasons. Sarah Ockler's "The Moth and the Spider" focuses on a girl writing a suicide note. Others are more sweet than scary, such as Aprilynne Pike's "Nature," in which a romance blooms in a future society that has strict career paths. In Malinda Lo's "Ghost Town," a girl gets revenge on a classmate with some ghostly help; Christine Johnson's "Shadowed" closes with a twist; Tessa Gratton's "This Was Ophelia" explores a courtship between a girl masquerading as a man and the boy who loves her as her male persona; and Dia Reeves revisits Portero through the eyes of an outsider in "The Dark Side of the Moon." As with any collection, some selections are stronger than others, but with contributions that range from frightening to romantic, action-driven to lyrical, there should be something here for everyone.-Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This spirited collection counts on the bewitching, tantalizing qualities of darkness—at night, down a mineshaft, or artificially manufactured in a spaceship—to set the stage for 17 original short stories by popular YA authors, including Aprilynne Pike and Beth Revis. Some are of the spooky variety, like Ghost Town, by Malinda Lo, about a ghost-hunting prank that turns into a real ghost encounter, and others are sweetly touching, like Saundra Mitchell’s Now Bid Time Return, the story of two teenagers, separated by centuries, who are brought together thanks to the aurora borealis, some paranormal photography, and a time portal in Norway. Still others take advantage of familiar legends. Myra McEntire’s Naughty or Nice, for instance, is the story of two friends falling in love . . . while battling the Krampus. The menace of darkness in these stories is mostly slight and a little predictable, more campfire shivers than real danger, but that’s precisely the appeal. Romance, unsurprisingly, flourishes in the dark, and there’s no absence of it here, either; with only a few notable exceptions, each story has the promise of a happily ever after. Grades 8-12. --Sarah Hunter

Product Details

  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006212353X
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF68R2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of "dark" stories September 7, 2014
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I was a big fan of this collection of short stories. There were several "new to me" authors whose other work I'm now determined to track down. In the interest of not spoiling any of stories, I'm not going to provide summaries of each one, just my own overall impressions.

Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers

This was seriously creepy and a great start to an anthology about darkness. I love everything Courtney Summers writes, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this.

Nature by Aprilynne Pike

This was my first experience with Aprilynne Pike, and I loved it. I desperately wish she would turn this short story into a full length novel. I loved the dystopian concept and I was so bummed when this story ended. (This is my only complaint with short stories... when I find one I really love, I always wish for it to be developed into a full novel and sadly, that never seems to happen. Sadface.)

The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves

This story was so, so weird, and I started out having a hard time connecting to it because of that weirdness. By the end of the story I found myself disappointed that it was over, so I guess the weirdness won me over! Days after reading, I was still thinking about this story - definitely a good sign. I was intrigued by the idea of this Texas town with kind of tears in reality where darkness could slip through. Chilling.

Ghost Town by Malinda Lo

This was great. I liked the backwards timeline, I loved that it was about a haunted house, and I liked the inclusion of a lesbian as the main character. Everything moved really quickly; it was very plot-driven.

Eyes in the Dark by Rachel Hawkins

This one was kind of your basic teen slasher flick with a twist...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid anthology, but it has some misses June 18, 2013
See more of my reviews on Birth of a New Witch! My copy was an ARC I received for review from one of the contributing authors.

Sadly, my review of this is incomplete. My ARC is missing one story: "The Sunflower Murders" by Kate Espey, the winner of the Defy the Dark Author Contest. Yet another reason to buy the finished copy because it's sure to be awesome!

Anyway, some statistics first before I review each individual story. Number of authors whose stories I fell in love with and whose future publishing exploits I will stalk/continue to stalk: 2. Number of authors whose works I have sworn off for good: 4. You'll pick them all out easily!

"Steepstalk" by Courtney Summers: 5/5. This story puts us in the head of a stalker. That's about the simplest way to put it. She's so obsessed with her object of "affection" that she she rewrites events in her favor and we never even get her name. Who has time for themselves when so deeply obsessed with someone else? Not this girl. Books where the lead characters are being stalked are my guilty pleasure, but getting put in the head of one was just as great!

"Nature" by Aprilynne Pike: 1/5. The weakest story of the anthology, not to mention the only one I gave 1/5. This story has twenty or so pages and four or five are spent dumping the history of this post-apocalyptic world on us and telling us why ladies of certain hip sizes are forced to have all the babies. It's a poorly written story with too many glorified parallels to Mormonism, a religion I have many fundamental problems with. Creepy in all the wrong ways.

"The Dark Side of the Moon" by Dia Reeves: 3/5. This made sense solely because I've read this author's Portero books, which this story is set in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defy the Dark September 20, 2013
Defy the Dark is a collection of sixteen short stories all by different authors. They're all stories of what happens when you're in the dark, but vastly different writing styles and genres. I don't quite know how to rate/review a collection of stories. Some I loved, some I didn't, and some I just... didn't get, I guess? So, rather than give a detailed review of each (they're short... I don't want to give anything away), I'm going to give a snippet of my thoughts on each.

Intro by Saundra Mitchell
Technically, I guess I don't have to review her letter to the readers, but it's worth noting that I feel like she was talking directly to me... like she made this book just for me to read... and thus, I had an instant connection to the book which made it all the more enticing to read.

Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers
This was an exceptional story for me. Probably one of my favorites. The writing was super eerie. And, I understood what was going on in the story, but I was confused at the same time. I guess I didn't understand the "why" of the main character's actions. Last sentence, BAM, hits you like a truck, and it is perfection.

Nature by Aprilynne Pike
I took notes on each of the stories I read, just so I wouldn't lose thoughts I had by the time I was done with this collection, and I literally called this dystopian story "a little gem." I thought it was a fantastic post-apocalyptic tale of what happens when you hand over a large freedom to the higher powers that be in the name of rebuilding. Honestly, this felt like a set-up for something larger. I could see this short story being an awesome novel.

The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves
Okay, this one... The writing was beautiful. I will say that.
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