If the melt-down, flood, plague, the third World War, new Ice Age, Rapture, alien invasion, clamp-down, meteor, or something else entirely hit today, what would tomorrow look like? Some of the biggest names in YA and adult literature answer that very question in this short story anthology, each story exploring the lives of teen protagonists raised in catastrophe’s wake—whether set in the days after the change, or decades far in the future.
New York Times bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology.
Table of Contents
The Segment by Genevieve Valentine
After the Cure by Carrie Ryan
Valedictorian by N.K. Jemisin
Visiting Nelson by Katherine Langrish
All I Know of Freedom by Carol Emshwiller
The Other Elder by Beth Revis
The Great Game at the End of the World by Matthew Kressel
Reunion by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan
Blood Drive by Jeffrey Ford
Reality Girl by Richard Bowes
Hw th'Irth Wint Wrong by Hapless Joey @ homeskool.guv by Gregory Maguire
Rust With Wings by Steven Gould
The Easthound by Nalo Hopkinson
Gray by Jane Yolen
Before by Carolyn Dunn
Fake Plastic Trees by Caitlin R. Kiernan
You Won't Feel a Thing by Garth Nix
The Marker by Cecil Castellucci
I loved the theme of this anthology! I mean, YA dystopia? So awesome! And totally up my alley! I just loved these stories, from the creepy, to the hopeful, and all the various ways that they are dystopian, from the world ending, and all the ways that the world is ending, or just thinking that the world was ending, or the world recovering after almost being ended! So awesome!
Of these, I think among my favourites, are The Other Elder, After the Cure, Faint Heart, Valedictorian, mostly because they were by authors that I knew, and that their writing is just so good to me! But I enjoyed most of these stories! Some where pretty dark, though!
Speaking of The Other Elder, seeing as it's the reason why I read this, I'm thinking that the Elder that is the majority of the story, is the Eldest at the end of it, and is the Eldest before our Elder's Eldest, because I think there was mention about Orion in that ending!
This anthology cemented my feelings of love for the YA dystopian genre, because it's just so wide and varied, and different, that things can be taken in pretty much any direction or tone, and I just love that openness there!
Favourite line from After the Cure: "I mean, once you live through the end of the world, getting sent to detention really isn't that significant." Not really!
This was an awesome anthology, and I loved reading it!
Authors: Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, Genevieve Valentine, Carrie Ryan, N.K. Jemisin, Katherine Langrish, Carol Emshwiller, Beth Revis, Matthew Kressel, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeffrey Ford, Richard Bowes, Gregory Maguire, Steven Gould, Nalo Hopkinson, Jane Yolen, Carolyn Dunn, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Garth Nix, Cecil Castellucci
Series: Across the Universe #0.1
Read: January 14th, 2015
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and I'm reading the whole Across the Universe series, and it's a 2015 Dsytopia Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Published: October 9th 2012