Peak Heat: A Dystopian Anthology Kindle Edition
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The two things really stood out to me. First, the anthology has a huge range. Each story takes place in a different country. It feels like the various authors had personal experience with each location and the familiarity and love of the settings really came through.
The second thing that really stood out for me was the overall quality. Too often these days I pick up an anthology on Kindle and find it hastily thrown together with little care for editing or presentation. This anthology was obviously put together with great care to content, theme, and quality of each writers' work. Nothing is slapdash and the close attention to making each story the best it could be is evident.
I highly recommend this book, no matter what kind of story you typically like to read. There's something here for everyone and I enjoyed each and every piece in here!
The reason I only gave it four stars is because all of the stories are written from the perspective of native English speakers and one of the stories is full of grammatical errors and odd sentence structures that a native speaker wouldn't use. It was really jarring to be reading this interesting story and suddenly be pulled out of it because a sentence didn't sound right.
I highly recommend this anthology and am looking forward to future anthologies from this group.
PEAK HEAT is a series of stories set in a not-too-distant dystopia where all the warnings we've heard for these many years have come true, and with a vengeance. The glaciers have melted, the seas have risen, and those who live(d) in low-lying areas such as New Orleans have seen their cities entirely inundated by the waters. In other cities such as New York, people are attempting to ride out Peak Heat, commonly referred to simply as PH, by living above the flood zones of the city. In other, less urban places such as Southeast Asia, the people have become refugees, retreating further and further inland as the waters have risen, scavenging food and goods from where they can, in some cases from stores or warehouses that are now beneath the waves.
I cannot help but feel as though this set of stories foretells what life will be like on this blue planet -- if not in the quarter-century or so that some of these stories indicate, then in fifty, or a hundred, or two hundred years. I would say it's a clarion call to readers to try to save the planet from this fate, but many scientists say that we've already passed the point of no return. Perhaps there's hope yet.
At any rate, this is a marvelous collection of tales. My favorites were Bradley Verdell's "The Way Back," and L. L. Phelps' wonderful "The Last Peach Queen," which brought back memories of when my own daughters -- quite young at the time, though both are mothers with their own children by now -- were national queens in a pageant system which, shortly thereafter, closed its doors due to a dispute between its owners. We joked for years that, due to that, they would both hold those titles forever.
Overall, the writing is quite strong in all the stories; I did deduct a star because I noticed formatting issues in a couple of the tales. Irregularities with the amount of paragraph indent, a wayward space before the period at the end of a sentence, inconsistencies in various places with the number of periods in an ellipse, that sort of thing. It was minor enough that I wish I had the option of only deducting a half star. But the issues are there, nonetheless, or were in the advance copy I was given.
To sum up, lovers of dystopian SF will enjoy this. It's sort of Mad Max in Waterworld, but better (and subtler) than either of those. Recommended.
It IS a dystopian anthology, so it's not the most uplifting read, but it was thoughtful and at times, charming.
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