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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 ›
After is an anthology of 19 post-apocalypse and Dystopia short stories, many written by well-known YA authors. While it’s not uncommon for stories to vary in quality in such a collection, After in particular had quite a smattering of both really great stories and boring and/or illogical stories. While reading, I assigned each short story a rating from 1 to 5, and after reading I averaged my ratings out. Those ratings averaged to exactly a 2.5, which is about what I had suspected. While there were some great post-apocalyptic stories in After, most of them were rather uninspired. There are several stories in After worth reading, but not enough that to justify buying the complete collection.
1. The Segment by Genevieve Valentine
This was definitely one of the best stories in the collection. The news is manufactured by big companies, designed to pull on the heartstrings and purse strings of the still-wealthy. There might not actually be a war in a third world country, but the agencies want you to believe that. The main character has been cast in a segment featuring child soldiers, and a slightly older and “retired”(now teacher) actress is trying to warn her away from it, but won’t say why. There’s a sense of foreboding that invades the entire piece and is everything a short story should be. When the twist happens towards the end, it’s shocking enough to be effective but also it’s easy to see how the entire story had been building up to that point. 4 stars, would recommend.
2. After the Cure by Carrie Ryan
After the Cure takes place after a zombie apocalypse, when scientist have discovered a cure for the zombie virus, and have been able to turn several once-monsters back into humans in a rehabilitated state.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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was ok but some of the stories were not entertaining. I have read several of these short story types and this was mediocrePublished 9 days ago by Bdaddy
I found the entire book interesting and enjoyable. Some of the stories weren't my cup of tea but while I realize these are "short stories" I loved that most of them were a... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Tom
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 6 months 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 8 months 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 9 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 16 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 19 months ago by Carolyn Bunch