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Diverse Energies Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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This anthology introduced me to new ideas and authors, and scary visions of the future that could very well exist. I skipped around a little, and there are a couple of stories I didn't finish. A few stories I didn't like at first but once I gave them ten pages I was deeply drawn into them. I definitely enjoyed the book as a whole, not just for the statement it's making, but because it's good sci-fi/dystopian fiction. If you like your science fiction heavy on science and technology, this won't be the book for you. But if you're looking for good fiction about strange worlds and cultures, or what race and class conflicts might look like in the future, you'll enjoy this.
Some of my favorites:
"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh. Set in Japan, this story is the closest thing I've ever seen to what it might feel like to be around when a nuclear bomb goes off. I won't forget this story any time soon.
"Good Girl" by Malinda Lo. About a dystopian future where mixed-ethnicity people are considered to have terminal illnesses and forced to live underground. And there's an outside world that nobody's seen.
"A Pocket Full of Dharma" by Paolo Bacigalupi. If you've read Pump Six, Bacigalupi's book of short stories, you'll be disappointed because this story comes from that book. A fascinating story though and one of the best in this collection.Read more ›
"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh is the first short story seen in Diverse Energies. This is a story about love and loyalty and survival and sacrifice in the face of war and it’s beautiful. There are such dynamic characters and relationships here in such a visually stunning world and I loved every moment of it.
“Freshee’s Frogurt” by Daniel H. Wilson was so much fun to read. It was funny, I loved the action – the pacing was perfect, and everything about this robot story made for one of the most entertaining and memorable stories in this anthology. Also, if you’ve worked in the food industry, you’ll appreciate this story for the accuracy of the behind the scenes happenings. I’d say this entire anthology is pretty dark but this story is light in tone if you’re looking for a lighter short story.
Other standout stories for me include “Uncertainty Principle” by K. Tempest Bradford because this is time travel/alternate reality not only done right but executed so uniquely! I would totally read a full length novel of this story.
“Gods of the Dimming Night” by Greg van Eekhout was a great take on medical testing. “Good Girl” by Malinda Lo gives a thought provoking look at class, trust, not so hidden prejudices and hidden agendas. There are many great stories here dealing with deception, control, and corruption.Read more ›
But the thing about reviewing anthologies is that I feel differently about all of the stories in it. I thought that some were very strong and some seemed very weak. The anthology opened on a strong note with Ellen Oh's The Last Day, though and with that note in mind, I kept reading even when the stories were a bit weaker. But let's break it down to the strongest and the weakest points...
Good Girl by Malinda Lo- Lo managed to create a vivid and bleak world in only pages and the allure between Kyle and Nix jumps from the page.
Blue Skies by Cindy Pon- Her main character is so interesting. He does something technically "bad," but I couldn't judge him for it. I loved how so much of this story is about just... wistfulness, I guess? That's not quite the right word, but that's close to it. Pon's character wants higher standing, wants blue skies and I loved the ending to the story as well.
Least favorite story:
Freshee's Frogurt by Daniel H. Wilson- I nearly put the book down and this was the second story. I kept having to remind myself that the first story was strong, and I'm glad I did so as I discovered several stories that I really enjoyed. Freshee's Frogurt was told like a police interview and seemed so stilted. Perhaps because it's technically all dialogue, but the voice of the main character in this anthology irritated me beyond measure.
To sum up: A little uneven, but that tends to happen in anthologies. I'd recommend this one if you're tiring of dystopians. You can get quick doses of the genre this way instead of overwhelming yourself.
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