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Prep For Doom Paperback – May 24, 2015
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Band of Dystopian (BOD) is a Facebook group, blog, and company dedicated to dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic books. Our mission is to help fans of dystopian fiction find books they will love, and help authors of the genre get the word out about their work. Our community of over 2,300 readers and authors has become a supportive, interactive, and insanely fun place to be. We are branching into the publishing world with our first anthology, Prep For Doom.
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From the start, this book creates a sense of hope, only to have that explode in your face with a jaw dropping series of events. This book is a collection of 21 short stories that each give a first person narrative of the lives of completely different characters affected by the outcome of the deadly viral outbreak. Some of the characters in later stories meet up with those from previous ones, but for the most part, they are independent.
That being said, this book has no qualms about killing absolutely anyone of any age. I love a good dystopian, but sometimes I wonder how the typical 16 - 18 year old girl, her love interest and a few besties manage to survive an apocalypse, escape a few close calls with death by villains and ultimately help find the resolution to saving what's left of the measly population of humanity. It's fun, but I'm always left wondering, "What the crud am I doing with my life?" THIS book, however, is amazing, because you really have no stinkin clue what's going to happen next. If the main character dies... Oh well, moving on to the next short story. That creates the sense of thrilling excitement each time you get sucked into the lives of the people in each story and wonder what will happen to them!
I will also say this: There are a few cliffhangers in maybe 3 or 4 stories. It sucks, but for the most part, these few open endings really aren't all that bad. Another potential issue is that there's no way that the one group of "antagonists" could be large enough in population to have that much control and do the things that they did. (I'm sorry for the vagueness there, but it's a bit of a spoiler if I give more detail)
Regardless, this book was so thrilling, shocking and exciting, that any little issues are hardly worth mulling over!
At about 1/3 of the way through the book, characters and events from previous chapters start to reappear. It's interesting to see the same event as it unfolds through another author/character's eyes.
100% done. I gotta' wonder how hard it was to orchestrate a book like this! Difficult is probably a gross underestimation, but hopefully everyone involved had a lot of fun doing it, 'cause I sure loved this book! Every chapter/story was really good! Between Caroline Gill setting the first brick, and Monica Pierce and ER Arroyo providing the last two capstones, were a lot of very competent, skilled authors, that collectively crafted an intricate, wonderful piece of work!!! So get the book... I bet you'll love it!
This book is an anthology about one event in human history. The event is the introduction of AVHF. Each chapter is written by a different author, but what happens is all based on the introduction of AVHF into our environment. So few people left. So few options.
P= Perceptive. Imagine a worldwide disaster. It's viral, and it's fast. All over, people are dying, while a much smaller number of people are somehow surviving, helpless to stop or ease the pain of what is happening to their loved ones. Each of these survivors is going through the same thing. Yet each of them has their own story. A snapshot of their little corner of the world, if you will. This book is like that. It's a collection of snapshots, each one showing a picture of what is happening in the heart and life of one particular survivor. What they see their families going through. Their worry for those they love but can't get ahold of – are they okay? Are they even alive? What are they going to do now? Who is left that they need to care for.? Is anyone left to care for them? These stories are pictures of what is going on in each survivor's heart of hearts.
F= Frank. There's not a lot of beating around the bush here. The pictures taken of these people are clear and right to the point, directly related to the events of the disaster. Most of the time, it's not a pretty picture. All the dreams and hopes they had for their future have been, for the most part, destroyed. There's no going back. All they can do is try to figure out how they go forward.
D= Disturbing. When something bad happens, some people rise to the occasion, showing love and compassion and endurance. Other people sink with the occasion. Some people care about there fellow man. Some care only about themselves. Some people (preppers) have been anticipating a possible disaster. Some are totally unprepared, but are willing to do anything to continue their survival - in an altered world where none of the old rules mean anything anymore.
PFD = Prep for Doom. But what else does it mean? Besides Pretty Darned Fantastic. Take a look.
(SPOILER: you will be pleased to know that Twinkies survive the disaster.)