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“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
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Published November 20th 2012 by Tu Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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Catie
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
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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
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charlotte
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
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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 Wilson
Jan 10, 2016 Vickie Wilson 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
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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
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Bookworm1858
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
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
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Tintaglia
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
Kristen
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.
Becky
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."
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.
Kelly
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
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Colin
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.
Kiesha
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.
Sheherazahde
May 13, 2015 Sheherazahde is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is anthology of SF stories with characters from many cultural backgrounds.

"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh. Have you watched "Grave of the Fireflies"? This story is like that. I wish I had not read it. It is horribly depressing. It's an alternate history where Japan didn't surrender after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They just kept fighting and we kept bombing them. It's a first person description of what it is like to live through an A-bomb attack.

"Freshee's Frogurt" by Daniel H. Wilson. The police
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Linda
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.
Holly Kench
Jul 17, 2014 Holly Kench rated it liked it
I was really excited about the theme of this anthology, as well as the authors involved.

There are some real stand out stories. In particular, I loved "Uncertainty Principle" by K. Tempest Bradford and "Pattern Recognition" by Ken Liu - both beautifully written stories with interesting characters and very thought provoking concepts. I loved these two stories equally, despite the fact that they are very different.

K. Tempest Bradford's story is about a young girl, Iliana, who can see the massive
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L.A.
Jan 02, 2015 L.A. rated it really liked it
Ever wonder why everybody in dystopian/sci-fi novels is white? Buckell and Monti did, and they set out to collect stories from a range of authors that depicted the adventures of POC in the future. Most of the futures depicted will be right in the Hunger Games / Divergent / Matched wheelhouse, but set in locales all over the globe, and featuring heroes and heroines of multiple races (and, occasionally, genders/sexualities). A good starter collection for people looking for more POC in sci-fi, with ...more
Melody
Mar 30, 2016 Melody rated it liked it
Diverse Energies is true to its word. It’s diverse in more ways than one. These stories are diverse across ethnicities and cultural practices and beliefs, sexual orientation, religious identity, and class and are some of the most rich and thought provoking short stories I’ve read.

"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh is the first short story seen in Diverse Energies. This is a story about love and loyalty and survival and sacrifice in the face of war and it’s beautiful. There are such dynamic characters an
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Nicole
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
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Jessi
I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but I requested this one from NetGalley because I like some of the authors mentioned and I love supporting books about diverse characters. The stories are all interesting, but there are definitely some that I enjoyed more than others. My favorites were "Uncertainty Principle" by K. Tempest Bradford (a girl discovers that she's the only person who can detect temporal anomalies), "Gods of the Dimming Light" by Greg van Eekhout (a modernization of Ragnarok - ...more
R.J.
Mar 19, 2013 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a strong collection. A few felt like great concepts that really needed more space to breathe, but I think that's difficult to avoid in a short form dystopia.

I was initially a little turned off by the first two stories, which are incredibly gruesome (view spoiler), but none of the other were nearly as grisly. I particularly loved the stories by K Tempest Bradford, Malinda Lo
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Lynn
Today's post is on Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti. It is a short story collection of eleven stories; is 314 pages long including a preface, an afterword, and information about the authors, and is published by Tu Books. The cover has a city landscape in orange with the title and the author’s names in white. As that this is a short story collection the point of view changes from piece to piece, giving the reader a little bit of everything. The intended reader is young a ...more
Alice
Dec 11, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
Worth reading for nothing else than the stunning Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin, an absolutely fantastic meditation on cultural relativity that I could not put down. I also enjoyed Next Door by Rahul Kanakia, about a world in which the rich people are basically plugged into the internet all day and ignore the "street people," who are everyone else (and the world is falling apart as a result of the rich people doing jack shit all day while hogging all the resources). I also liked Cindy Pon's Blue ...more
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
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Deb
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
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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
Jon
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The problem with reviewing anthologies is that usually the stories are extremely inconsistent and uneven. Diverse Energies' stories range from excellent page turners to absolutely terrible stories that I could barely read. All of the stories feature people of diverse ethnicities, it was definitely nice to read about POCs for a change.


My Favorites:


Freshee's Frogurt by Daniel H. Wilson - This short story is actually an excerpt from Robop
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Sarah
Oct 23, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
The Good

The characters. The majority of the characters in this story were compelling, tragic, and well-developed. Their endings weren't always happy, but they did feel honest, and the way the characters accepted their fates was noble. (I'm a fan of unhappy endings anyway. They're more realistic.)
The plots. The stories themselves, while not always the most well-written, were interesting, intense, and suspenseful. The only story that was the absolute exception to this rule was the final one, whic
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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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