After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
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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—whe...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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karen

i know that this collection is a YA collection, but it really doesn't read like one. usually in YA collections, there is sort of a range of stories, qualitatively, that reflect the range of teen readers, from stronger to more reluctant readers. but these stories, even the ones i wasn't totally crazy about, are completely sophisticated and could be included in any adult fantasy collection. well, mostly. there is the "meh" one that didn't really do anything for me, and seemed a little young.

oh, YA...more
Trudi

Short story collections and anthologies are always a mixed bag for me. Not only do I struggle with my own personal hang-ups when it comes to the short story format itself, you pretty much know going in to any anthology there will be hits and there will be misses. If you're lucky, a few will emerge as outstanding pieces of awesomeness, and I'm thankful to report I experienced that here.

Two things attracted me to this collection: 1) Ellen Datlow (editor extraordinaire) and 2) you had me at dystopi...more
WatermeLoonie
Most of these short stories were absolutely mindblowingly awesome, thrilling, unexpecting and just generally fun. That's the way short stories are right? And this was even better AS... IT HAD APOCALYPSE. I MEAN IT'S KINDA LIKE AN OKAY THING LIKE BREAD PLUS ANOTHER OKAY THING LIKE CHEEZE AND YOU'VE GOT A CHEEZE TOASTIE. Marvelous!

THe male character ones weren't that great though... it wasn't as moving or awesome or anything.... I mean the first one? One of the best, if not THE best. Genius, quite...more
Pamela
Mar 09, 2012 Pamela marked it as to-read
Only want to read Beth Revis's story but I guess I'll have to read everything in the end anyway...
Crys (The Hodgenator)
The end of the world in a nice anthology of short stories, and a poem. This book has it all for even the most avid dystopian junkie.

This is almost a survival guide for readers because there is a plethora of topics covered. It's like a buffet for the most avid doomer. Vampires take over the world? Check. Bugs coming for us? Check. Aliens? Oh my! And let me not forget the Cult. This is not even a small test of what the authors have given us.

The one thing I love about this anthology is that I did...more
Hailee
Hailee Christman
Datlow, E., & Windling, T. (2012). After. ; Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. Hyperion Books for Children.
Short Stories
Selection Process: Reviewed in VOYA, December 1, 2012

The subtitle of After states that the collection entails “nineteen stories of apocalypse and dystopia” and each story centers around one specific question: What would happen if the world ended? A well collected mix of up and coming and popular young adult authors answer this question through shor...more
J.A. Dalley
Detailed Review of After

The Segment
Really interesting world and characters. Reminded me of Hunger Games. 7
After the Cure
Interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. Great characters!
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Valedictorian
Great setting. I really enjoyed it.
9
Visiting Nelson
I couldn't read more than two pages because the narrative is written from the perspective of an illiterate teenager, i.e. Sint Paul, useta, coz, etc.
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All I Know of Freedom
This story was really weird. I didn't like it because it was a green global warming st...more
Sarah
Dec 13, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Dystopian or Apocalyptic stories
This review can also be found here

**I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway**


This review will be a little different since there are nineteen short stories in this book and I don't want a ridiculously long review so I shall just touch on them briefly.


The Segment by Genevieve Valentine

I really liked this story. It was about children and teenagers who are taken in and used to film "news" stories for the rich people in their destroyed society to see. They used this to get them to donat...more
Chapter by Chapter
If there’s one form of literature that truly frightens me, it’s anthologies. Why? Because I personally find that when it comes to anthologies, I get really wrapped up in the plots only to find myself being cut off. The end. Done. Never mind how attached I got to the characters in the short story or how I expected a big plot, they just end and leave everything to the imagination. That’s why I love novels, because they usually tie everything up nicely. Like a ribbon on a Christmas present; Wrapped...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love dystopian stories. There are so many possibilities that any story facing some uncertain future always manages to capture me.

Now, I know most don't like short stories, but I do. Let me tell you why? Short stories are quick to the book and for me, leave me wondering what more could happen if the author expand the story? I love that short stories gives the reader a quick glance of what life is like and then close with questions.

As I read through these stories several stood out to me. Now onl...more
Lori
I love this collection of short stories. Then again, I love dystopia/post-apocalyptic fiction, so I was probably bound to love it. The Segment was a perfect intro book for this collection. Blood Drive was eerie to read given the current events/discussion related to guns & schools. After the Cure was excellent (as Carrie Ryan always is). The Other Elder made me wish I could read a whole book series set on that ship.

Only two of the stories have been less than 5 stars in my opinion, and some of...more
Margit Sage
It's challenging to build a believable, detailed world with developed, relatable characters in a short story. In order to make a story interesting, you have to add an intriguing plot with good pacing. Some authors are more successful than others at these tasks.

3.5* "The Segment" by Genevieve Valentine - The first page was confusing and hard to get into, but then the story picked up. Loved the ending, which really pulled everything together.

4* "After the Cure" by Carrie Ryan - The pacing was quic...more
Candace
Datlow and Windling's YA anthologies are always worth reading. The first one I read was The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm in 2004. That book was worth reading for its introduction and its list of Further Reading alone. It introduced me to The King of Elfland's Daughter and Stardust . For months, I was obsessed with faeries, reading novel after novel from the list. I also read their anthology The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest which has all the same great information, Further...more
Rachel Underwood
I give this book a 10/10, all of the stories went together nicely while being intelligent and able to hold their heads up high saying "We all make sense and make you want to read more! But that sucks to be you because there might not be more!"

Segment by Genevieve Valentine
This story was very interesting, it really made me think of the significance of actors in the present time, the characters were interesting and although one girl was very irritating her annoying-ness wasn't without reason. Grea...more
Carpe diem (♫ נєѕѕι¢α  ♪)
OKAY, because this is abuncha little stories bundled up in one, I'm just going to keep updating this review as I go along so I don't forget any important details.




The Segment, by Genevieve Valentine. 2 stars.

Ok so, for some reason it took me super long to get past this story. And that's pathetic 'cause its so short! But I found it completely boring and I didn't even understand what was going on til the end. Like, at all. I don't even know why. I know, so sad. But whatever.

After the cure, by Carr...more
Carmen
STORY 1: The Segment by Genevieve Valentine. News is fake. And the people on the news who are playing the parts of orphans, disaster survivors, child soldiers etc. are slaves sold to the media corporations, after being caught living on the street (being a slave to the Agency is considered better – the street life is horrible). One girl (age 19) tries to warn another girl (16) away from what she thinks is 'her big break'. Why? Of course, for some horrible, depressing reason.
STORY 2: After the Cur...more
Andrew
This is a fantastic book and I will not try and compete with all the other great reviews out there. However two things I would like to draw attention to. The first is the introduction which tells of the history of dystopia literature and tries to explain its appeal - in sensible and mature ways. Sometimes I find a style or type of work gets a label and that label then becomes almost a derogatory designation for that work. And this introduction goes a long way to not only dispel that but also sho...more
Michael
This was a largely enjoyable anthology of post-apocalyptic / dystopic stories from YA and adult authors. The editors chose not to nitpick the definitions of either setting, so I will follow their lead.

As with every other collection I've read, there are great stories and there are stinkers. Many of the authors were guilty of what I call a "huge sin": over-capitalizing things. Because, you know, after The War happens, we all live in the Compound where the Dinner Bell rings and we eat our Soy Glop...more
Reving
After is a volume of collected short stories all with a dystopian theme. Some of these stories are un-put-down-able! If that isn't a word, it should be. There were many that I want more, more, more from and wished that I could find out what happened before and after After.

The variety is wide. There are some that were good, but were too science fiction for my taste- no fault of the story, I just don't love science fiction. Some were too high fantasy for me as well. Again, good writing, just not...more
TheSaint
A little uneven, but the best stories are truly top-notch.
Any writer who wants to take a stab at non-standard English should read the Gregory Maguire super-short offering. It doesn't get really creepy till the last paragraph, but it makes you want to read the whole thing over again.
I also liked Caitlin R. Kiernan's exploration of a world where nanobots were pressed into service to feed 9 billion earthlings, but spectacularly over-promised and under-delivered. At least there weren't 9 billion of...more
Emily Whelchel
What I Didn't Like
Honestly, I think any anthology can be difficult to get that into. Short stories make it hard to deeply bond with a character or find oneself deeply wound within a post-apocalyptic world. Each chapter was a brand new premise written by a different author and featuring entirely different characters.

Some short stories weren't that great. Part of it may have been my own personal preference. I don't care for extreme science fiction or alien stories, so I tended to dislike the shor...more
Pat F.
This book has 3 big things going for it:
1. They're young adult postapocalyptic, which is rare.
2. All of the stories take place only *after* the disaster has occurred--it doesn't really matter how it happened (or even what happened).
3. There's a preponderance of female authors, for once.

As with all short-story collections, some of these are better than others. Standouts for me were the ones by Genevieve Valentine, Sarah Rees Brennan (long-time fan, here) and Cecil Castellucci.
Jacob Anderson
When I received After as a gift this past Christmas, I couldn’t wait to read it. I have always loved dystopian and apocalyptic books, so this collection of nineteen short stories seemed perfect for me. I whipped through the book like a knife through butter, and let me tell you, After did not disappoint. Although this book has no set plot or characters, it left me on the edge of my seat, always wanting more.
I’d say that a reoccurring theme in all of these stories is survival against all odds, w...more
Melissa Dally
This was in the Teen section of the library, but these were still awesome stories adults would enjoy. This is a book of short stories of various dystopian futures. There are some really unique takes on what might cause our downfall and some intense psychological thrillers. I wish I owned a copy!

Susan Beth Pfeffer of "Life as we knew it" fame did not dissappoint.

Jane
These stories were okay...but I was starting to lose interest when I got to "Faint Heart" by Sarah Rees Brennan. I don't think I've read anything by this author before, but I liked this story so much that I forgot I was reading an anthology and was horrified when I realized it was over so quickly.

I need to remember to look up her books!
Courtney Brown
For reasons I could not even begin to explain, I have been pretty into post-apocolyptic YA novels lately. If you know me at all, you'll probably find this hilarious since I'm such a worrier already. Seriously, my boyfriend gets mad at me for reading end-of-the-world books because I tend to have bad dreams about them afterwards, waking him up in the middle of the night. But there's just something about the end that's like a car wreck: you know you shouldn't look, you know it's going to be bad, bu...more
George
Finished this up tonight. It was a bit of a mixed bag, a few really good stories that left me wanting more, and then some middling so so stuff and finally a few turds. Overall, it wasn't bad and the 3 or 4 great stories made it worth it for me.
Nadia
Jun 26, 2014 Nadia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian lovers
Recommended to Nadia by: GR
It was a fun little ride. I decided to read anthologies for the time being since I don't have the time to read full length novels right now and I still crave for them before going to bed so this was the perfect solution.

As with any other anthologies, some of these were just meh (Like "The Great Game At the End of the World"), some boggled my mind (Specially "Reunion" and "After the Cure", and some just made me crave for more (Specially "Rust with Wings" and "Faint Heart"). The one story I was ac...more
Mr.
This collection was a bit of a mixed bag, but I felt the strong stories far outweighed the weaknesses of the lesser work. The four stories I enjoyed the most were (in no particular order), The Segment by Genevieve Valentine, The Other Elder by Beth Revis, Reunion by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan, all of which fell more under the dystopian mode rather than the post-apocolyptic one. Blood Drive by Jeffry Ford and Reality Girl by Richard Bowes were also very interesting,...more
Molly
Only read one story. Was decent
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter...more
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