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Diverse Energies

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  338 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
“No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.”
—President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Tu Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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3 1/2 stars

I like the idea of this anthology way more that I liked the anthology itself. This world is by no means populated by a white majority, so I think it’s ridiculous that so much of young adult literature is. One of the main things that can make me interested in reading a YA fantasy these days is a non-western setting - perhaps because I’ve read so much western-centric YA. I was really looking forward to reading this anthology, but after finishing it I found it to be mostly forgettable. H
Rachel Brown
An anthology of dystopian YA short stories with a focus on diversity, ie, most of the protagonists are not white.

As a whole, this anthology is not much like most current YA dystopian novels, which are generally about naïve privileged white girls slowly coming to realize that their “the government controls everything” society actually sucks, while navigating a love triangle. The characters in this anthology are often aware from the get-go that everything sucks, and the central problem is generall
To act as though we have hope is to keep hope alive.

The problem I have with rating anthologies by various authors is that I never know how to rate the thing overall. Like, do I average the ratings? Do I give it an overall rating based on my enjoyment of it as a whole? Who knows.

In the end, I guess the three star rating is a bit of both. It's not the greatest anthology I've ever read unfortunately (although I don't think I've read any where I've loved all the stories - at least for this one the
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
This is a great idea for a YA anthology: A collection of dystopian stories featuring a culturally diverse range of characters reflecting the real world in which we live. I'm not usually a fan of short stories, since I tend to think that most of the good ones would be better explored in a full-length format, but this collection is of higher quality than most. There's a good sense of momentum to the book, and some really unique and exciting ideas behind each story, so for once I didn't get that dr ...more
Vickie Ramage
Jan 10, 2016 Vickie Ramage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diverse Energies is an eclectic bag of short stories all with two common themes - they have to have racially diverse characters and they have to be set in the future, in a dystopian environment. There's a real mix here, with some stories surpassing my expectations and others failing abysmally, struggling with the very short space they have to fit the complex world building that Dystopia needs in.

The ones that kept straight to the point and didn't worry too much about creating a whole complex wo
Jaymee Goh
This was a difficult anthology to get through. The premise is amazing: stories representing the diversity of youth, different races, different sexualities, as they navigate their worlds borne out of speculative imagination.

If only those speculative imaginations weren't so tied to such dystopic worlds! The tagline on the cover states, "The future is here. Are you ready?" The future is here and it is apparently grim as fuck. Terrible things keep happening. Terrible worlds roll and take their terr
Tanya Patrice
Dec 06, 2012 Tanya Patrice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
A dark collection of dystopian short stories, with diverse settings & characters - one I loved!
The Last Day, Ellen Oh. What a way to start off this collection of short stories. This dystopian society is damn dreary and depressing ... kind of the tone of the entire collection. It's an alternate history of WWII set in Japan. The World has been divided into 2 super-powers - The President of the West and The Emperor of the East - and they are at war. Nobody is winning, and The Emperor has resor
Non amo in genere le raccolte di racconti, e anche meno le antologie di autori vari , ma il tema alla base di Diverse energies mi intrigava: in una letteratura YA dominata dai protagonisti di razza bianca (recentissima la polemica su Goodreads per i protagonisti di altre razze “sbiancati” o modificati nelle copertine…) questa raccolta vuole raccogliere racconti che diversifichino, presentando distopie con protagonista, in realtà, la diversità razziale che è realtà non tanto in Europa, quanto neg ...more
I was grabbed by the mention of three of these authors who have either written books I enjoyed or have written books I hope to read soon (those three being Ellen Oh, Malinda Lo, and Cindy Pon). Its stated intention is to provide more diversity in our YA fiction, whether race, gender, culture, sexual-orientation, etc. These stories mix dystopia, science-fiction, and fantasy. Like many short story collections, it's a definite mixed bag with some stories working well for me and some not clicking wi ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, glbtq, dystopia, sci-fi
This collection of short stories portrays many different (but pretty much all dark & depressing) visions of the future. They all have non-white and/or LGBTQ protagonists, filling a gap in the genre. Themes of income inequality and environmental destruction figure prominently in the stories. I'd recommend this to people who liked the Legend series by Marie Lu who are also in the mood for short stories.
Shoshana G
Jan 03, 2013 Shoshana G rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I'm all about encouraging diversity in fiction and YA fiction and speculative fiction, but the only story in this book I found particularly interesting or memorable was the Le Guin one, which I had read before anyway. Having multicultural characters isn't enough to make a story - and to me, most of the stories in this book were just vehicles to trot out the characters, not actual STORIES. This may not make much sense, but suffice it to say most of the stories in this book were dull.
Jul 20, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating glimpse of futuristic heroes, villains in the future; gripping, insightful, grim yet hopeful. I'm in awe of the skillful, talented writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, who contributed to this science fiction YA collection. Librarians and teachers will appreciate the unique viewpoints and find this a Must-Have for their teen readers.
Sep 03, 2012 Kiesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an advanced reader's copy of this book that I picked up at the ALA conference in Anaheim earlier this year and I can't wait to get my hands on more works by some of the authors included in this collection. I particularly enjoyed Malinda Lo's 'Good Girl' and Cindy Pon's 'Blue Skies.' I love works by authors that celebrate sexual and multiethnic diversity.
This was really good; one of those rare collections where I enjoyed every story. Published as a specific intervention into the whitewashing/racism of YA sf/fantasy, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Carl Brandon Society's Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship, which funds emerging POC sf/fantasy writers' attendance at the famed Clarion writing workshops. WIN.
Feb 04, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
A Strong Collection of Diverse Dystopian Stories

No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed, but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to the freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.

- President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March 23, 1962

Maybe your claim is that Dungeons & Dragons is based on a fa
Apr 10, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Great mix of dystopic/sci-fi stories. I especially loved Malinda Lo's story "The Good Girl."
Katja Weinert
Sep 16, 2012 Katja Weinert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.”
—President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March 23, 1962

In a world gone wrong, heroes and villains are not always easy to distinguish and every individual has the ability to
Jessica Strider
Oct 23, 2012 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
Pros: wide variety of dystopian worlds, protagonists of diverse races and sexual orientations

Cons: in several of the stories the characters are in lower class/servile roles to white people,

For Parents: no language, minimal violence, one story hints at sex but there are no descriptions, three of the stories have positive GLTBQ content

This is a great collection of stories. Not only do they feature people of colour in lead roles, there are also several positive portrayals of gay/lesbian teens in
I picked this up on a spur not knowing how diverse this anthology would be. I was surprised that it featured young adults of different ethnicities. It felt very refreshing. I think the reason why I was interested was because the anthology centred on Dystopia. I loved the preface and the afterword. Honestly I have never heard of any of these authors before but am interested to be introduced to them.

The Last Day by Ellen Oh
4/5 stars

As this is the first story I do not really have a benchmark to com
Dec 28, 2016 April rated it really liked it
Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti is a superb anthology. This book provides a good sample of various authors which is perfect if you're looking to read more #ownvoices and are not quite sure where to begin. Read my full review here
Jessica F
Nov 20, 2016 Jessica F rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Which is saying a lot because I don't normally enjoy short stories. Very well done, I wished many of these ideas had been developed into fully-fledged novels!
Jan 16, 2017 alice rated it it was amazing
Intense and thought provoking. Each story is a gem in it's own right.
Feb 01, 2016 Starr rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review.
I reached out to Tu Books, because I had heard about what they were doing about diversity in YA literature, and I wanted to do my part. I received an enthusiastic response and links to two of their titles. I enthusiastically downloaded both titles and then- I hesitated. Sure I had read (and really liked) Wolf Mark. (Oh no! I just realized I never posted my review...) That was a title I had received not knowing who the publis
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 26, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
This is a book of several YA dystopian short stories that aims for diversity. Much of YA, of speculative fiction and definitely dystopia is extremely white washed and made up entirely of straight people. GBLT people are, largely, dead and POC and women frequently take a back seat to the noble straight, male lead. It’s refreshing to see an anthology of short stories that focus on minorities.

I’m going to sound all kinds of fluffy but I have to say I would have appreciated a happy ending or two. I
Many truly depressing futures are showcased in Diverse Energies. From violent wars to exploitation to impossible-to-bridge gaps between the rich and poor...Wait, doesn't this sound familiar? Doesn't this sound precisely like what's in the news today?

That's what makes these futures so believable, I think. Every single story in this compilation deals with a future that's all too easy to see happening. This isn't science fiction taking place on other planets, with people and situations that are too
Nov 23, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. It's a science fiction anthology that includes stories from Paolo Bacigalupi and Ursula LeGuin. While I don't read a lot of anthologies, I like the idea of finding new authors to read. The theme of this anthology is diversity. Its editor, Tobias S. Buckell, who is Caribbean and British, explains that he wants science fiction to represent many races and cultures, not just one.

This anthology introduced me to new ideas and authors, and scary visio
Steph Su
Mar 06, 2013 Steph Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, poc, sci-fi
DIVERSE ENERGIES is like a Halloween trick-or-treat bag: you get some real good ‘uns, but you also get some duds that you always kind of throw back into the bag and hope that you don’t pull out again in your next swipe. It’s definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in the intersection of SFF with POC (hah, so many acronyms), particularly if you enjoy or don’t mind short stories. However, I’m not sure it had the comprehensive punch required for it to break out of its niche for the time b ...more
Rich in Color
I was excited to get my hands on Diverse Energies. Dystopia is an area of young adult literature that has been flourishing over the past few years especially following the release of The Hunger Games, but there is still a need for more works featuring protagonists from diverse backgrounds. To spell it out more clearly, it would be great to see more young adult dystopias with protagonists that are something other than straight white teens. With Diverse Energies, the editors and contributors were ...more
Mrs. S
Sep 23, 2012 Mrs. S rated it really liked it
I've mentioned before that I'm not usually crazy about short-story collections, but this is a really great one. These stories represent a wide variety of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/just plain creepy or messed up settings, with characters that are similarly varied. The editors' goal was to take some of the frustration of many writers with the sameness of protagonists (in speculative fiction especially, but this is not a phenomenon unique to genre fiction) and turn it in a productive direction. Th ...more
Rachel Collinge
Lots of interesting stories but not really my preferred genre. And I had a hard time getting into each story; I felt like as soon as I was starting to understand it, the story was over.
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Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
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