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A virus is released on the world and millions start dying. Some people appear to be immune and others are just trying to stay uninfected. There are preppers, government workers, TV reporters, kids, teenagers, older couples, and just common folks in this collection. Of course, you wonder if the government is involved, is there an evil corporation involved, is there a terrorist involved, or was it all just an accident?
I was amazed by the cohesiveness of this book, considering that each chapter was written by a different person. From start to finish, the book continued the tale in an excellent manner.
There were some great characters in these stories, including Old Earl, a veteran with PTSD and an alcohol problem, and Nan Tapper, a grandmother with more moxie that a person half her age.
I would love to see some of these stories fleshed out into a full-length tale about some of the more interesting characters. This book will definitely be one that I will reread many times.
An excellent read if you enjoy apocalyptic books or even if you just enjoy excellent writing!
Although this is a work of fiction, it seems pretty accurate to what I believe the world to be like in the event of a real outbreak.
I loved how some of the same characters would make appearances in different stories by different authors. It brought a sense of connectivity for me. And, I really can't wait to see where some of these stories/characters may go.
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!