I had high hopes for this one because in the last anthology I read at least half of the stories were really quite good. That one included Carrie RyanI had high hopes for this one because in the last anthology I read at least half of the stories were really quite good. That one included Carrie Ryan and Garth Nix as well. Unfortunately, even Ryan and Nix's stories weren't as good as I had hoped. Ryan's especially was nothing like her previous works even though I would definitely qualify them as apocalyptic.
I think the main thing was that they were largely depressing stories. There weren't very many with any hope in them at all. In dystopian novels, you at least tend to end with some measure of hope. The short stories, I guess don't give enough time for hope.
The stories have varying levels of violence, romance/sex and language. Some of them are ok for younger readers, but for the most part, I'd have to recommend this to above 15 year old kids because of the ones that do have a lot of violence, kissing, homosexuality (which always catches the eye of at least one conservative parent) and language....more
Since it is based on the book, I suppose that I have to blame the original source, but I wasn't as thrilled by this one as some of the others. For oneSince it is based on the book, I suppose that I have to blame the original source, but I wasn't as thrilled by this one as some of the others. For one thing, the plot twist in the last one was completely taken back. Then, the flock splits in two and both halves are pretty stale during their separation. Writing a blog won't change the world, and getting captured yet again prevent you from saving it too. There were two plot lines running simultaneously and yet neither of them really got anywhere interesting by the end of the book. Now I just have to wait for 7 and hope that it's good enough to keep me reading.
The level of violence in this book is somewhere between PG and PG-13. It isn't very graphic and there aren't that many battles/fights to begin with. There are medical experimentation on humans, weird parentage situations and other slightly awkward moral issues. There isn't any cursing or sexual situations....more
This one is definitely not for kids: lots of people getting shot and otherwise bloodily killed, curse words and sexual innuendo. The sexy times includThis one is definitely not for kids: lots of people getting shot and otherwise bloodily killed, curse words and sexual innuendo. The sexy times includes two people who technically have the same brain pattern but different bodies getting it on... It was decent, but it wasn't really that different from the series aside from focusing on Alpha rather than Echo. I have to say I prefer Echo......more
The story alternates between the near future where the two main characters are teens in high school. Peyton's dad is a bit of an End-of-Times nut, inThe story alternates between the near future where the two main characters are teens in high school. Peyton's dad is a bit of an End-of-Times nut, in a science sense rather than a religious sense, and Chris is a bit too nerdy to go out with Peyton. Things change. After the apocalypse everything is different, and the alternating chapters show you how they got that way. The twist at the end was a bit unexpected, but not really shocking enough to save the book.
The problem with this novel is that it goes a bit too far trying to make Peyton feel like being a cyborg is a problem. The fictional character they attach to the idea doesn't make sense to me as a reader and every time they mentioned her they lost me more. It was even worse because the rest of the world was so well developed.
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