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Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box

(Newsflesh #0.1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,307 ratings  ·  265 reviews
A new short story from Mira Grant, the author of Feed. Every week five friends get together to play a game-- a game they call the Apocalypse Game. It's a fun time with chips and beer and plotting the end of the world. Except this time, one of them is missing and the stakes are higher than ever before.

Word count: ~3,900
ebook, 21 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hey-shorty
this is the best review i have ever written!! i am entering it into a book-reviewing contest. in which i will also eat pie!!

hahahah awesome! if every book i read this year is as short as this one, i am well on my way to victory!!!

but i am not trying to cheat - i really did want to read this, and since i borrowed this blessed nook, i was able to read all sorts of interstitial and prequel type books and stories.

and this one.

which is kind of neither, but is a fantastic story by an author who has
This isn't worth reading because it's more like the first chapter of a book, or part of a short story. Cool idea- not even close to enough words. I like Mira Grant's writing and was hoping for a complete short story. ...more
A very short short story ~ about 20 minutes long, but interesting enough that I'll check out Feed. ...more
Sonja Arlow
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This novella cost less than the price of a good cup of coffee yet I still felt a bit cheated.

This is one of the few author who normally publish quite meaty novellas, all of them never less than 100 pages so this 15 page one was definitely not expected. I didn’t even look at the length before buying this because I thought after reading 4 of her novellas I knew what to expect.

So although a let-down in terms of quantity, the quality was still as good as her other work in the Feed series yet this on
If the concept of Kindle locations maps evenly to pages across different books, I make this short story about 11 pages long. At £1.49 that's 13.5 pence per page. Which seems pretty expensive for a book. I probably wouldn't be complaining if the short story wasn't 'only' 50% of the download. Thinking I was approaching the half-way mark I was pretty disappointed to suddenly be presented with a page about Mira Grant, a photograph of her in an odd pose (I didn't read the accompanying text) and then ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopia
The Good: I never buy short stories, but since I've loved everything written by Mira Grant, I decided to give this one a shot. It was much shorter than I expected, but the story was totally worth the purchase. This story was utterly captivating. Good premise, huge tension, abrupt on-point ending, every element of the story perfectly executed. This is how you do a short story.

The Bad: Not a thing.
Er... How is this connected to the Newsflesh Trilogy again? Can anyone explain it to me? Sure it was a fun story but I kept waiting for the zombies to pop in and felt disappointed when it ended so abruptly.
Heidi Ward
Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box is short, sick and sharp. Well worth the 15 minutes it will take you to read. 5 stars! ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
this should be made into a novel... because i'm wanting more. i'm still thinking what could have happened... ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an o.k. story. I was disappointed that it wasn't longer and it ended so abruptly. Nope, I probably wouldn't recommend this story. ...more
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
4.5 stars. This is how to write a short story. Even though there's obvious connection to the main series, it stands alone perfectly. There aren't any overlapping characters and it's extremely short, but the horror tension is built up SO WELL as the story unfolds, with just the right amount of detail to get the background we need. And that ending sent chills up my spine. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is hard to write a review on, simply due to its short length. The audiobook was about 20 minutes long, so you can imagine that any real plot points I describe would end up being spoilers. So I'll keep it brief and just reference the title: a group of friends like to play a sinister game of imagining apocalypse scenarios. The story focuses on one of those scenarios, and this one might not strictly adhere to the game's rules. Things may or may not spiral out of control, and the friends ar ...more
Carolyn F.

So this is how it started? Was the second wave because of something these people did? Or was it truly a mutation. I DON'T KNOW!!
This is a VERY short novel. It’s not bad, it’s just terribly short. I wish there was much more of it.
Get it from your local library if you wish to read or listen to it.
Narrated by the author, Mira Grant.

3 stars.
Erynne Mitchell
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shortstories
While I really like everything else by Mira Grant that I've read, this one didn't quite do it for me. One major problem I had with it: if the pathogens have already been released and people were already symptomatic, inoculating people with a vaccine wouldn't actually do anything. Once you've had a pathogen introduced to your immune system, introducing MORE of the pathogen (which is what a vaccine does) would do very little to protect you.

I'm sad that this shortshort story wasn't better. Still wo
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, kindle
This was a bit disappointing. It reads like the cold open of a procedural TV show like Bones or House, and I'm left waiting for a story where something actually HAPPENS. This is all prelude, and while it does have a certain "Monkey's Paw" kind of charm at the end, I did not feel like I got my money's worth ($1.99 on Amazon). ...more
Tim Mercer
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The basic premise is amazing and is worth 5 stars. But it is just too short. It looked like a novella but half the pages were ads which I took a star off for. Worth reading but don’t expect to spend more than 10-15 minutes.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This must be the shortest short story ever written. But who cares!? It was perfect.
✨ Aaron Jeffery ✨
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short scary and gets you thinking.
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read for its length. Short, but potent. ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
That was a disappointment.
There is nothing at all wrong with Mira Grant's short story (I don't even think it could be called a novella) Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box. The problem arises in that the short story just sits there, like a lump, 10 minutes after your started reading it. Staring at you. It's a $3 Kindle purchase, (or $2 I can't remember) and it takes 10 minutes to finish. When you've finished you realize that you're only 50% through the Kindle content (the rest is just the first c
Alex Telander
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
After the success of Feed, fans will be experiencing the impatient excruciating wait leading up to the release of the sequel, Deadline (due out May 31), with little to do but twiddle their page-turning fingers. Thankfully, Mira Grant and Orbit with the Orbit Short Fiction series have presented us fans with a brief respite; a kernel of entertainment in the form of a short story, “Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box,” from the author as we count down the days to the final Deadline.

Friends are good;
Laura Crosse
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok so when they said short story, they literally meant teeny, tiny, blink-and-you'll-miss-it story. This is so ridiculously short I don't see why Mira Grant bothered to release this for SALE (as in you have to pay for it). This is what irritates me about kindle books, you can't see what you're paying for. If I had known that this book was literally ten pages long there isn't a hope in hell I would have paid for it. Yes it was only about two euro but still. It should have been free.

The actual st
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Newsflesh Trilogy
I don't read a lot of short stories. Typically I like to read something long and immersive and something that, if I'm reading a physical book, could be used as a blunt weapon if need be. It's not that I think they're bad, it's just not my favourite medium.

Every once in a while, however, I'll give one a shot and I always tend to find that the ones I enjoy the most are usually the ones that provide a snapshot into something disturbing. Horror and suspense and thrillers all lend themselves well to
I actually read this as part of When Will You Rise, but am reviewing it here because it's available separately.

This is a terrific short story. It's good to see Grant's concern with the apocalyptic end of the world give rise to other scenarios than the zombie one in the Newsflesh Trilogy. It's only 15 pages long, and sets up a terrific dilemma for its characters and the reader.

My only quarrel with it is that Grant got sloppy at the end. In trying to tie it up neatly, she ended with a sentence tha
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hard to separate my feelings on the actual story from my feelings on the fact that I paid $3 for something that was barely a few pages long. Apocalypse doesn't have much to offer, really. It's a short little piece of fiction that's dark, as one would expect from the author of the Newsflesh trilogy, but the emphasis here is really on short. Nothing wrong with that when it's part of a compilation or something, but I felt a bit ripped off when I realized I'd paid to download it by itself on my Kind ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting little story - very little actually as only half the small file is the story and the rest is a teaser for Feed.

I'm feeling fairly dumb (but then I have had a headache all day and I'm coming down with the flu), but I couldn't completely work out exactly how the scenario was supposed to work. I get the first bit, but not the second and the choice the characters have to make.

If someone out there did get it, could you let me know in the comments? I assume spoiler tags can be
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I downloaded this from Audible's pretty good. I really can't go more than 3 stars on it as it's plain where the story is going from the first line and there's little or no surprise or innovation. There is however a nice "pall" of terror and realization among the characters. You have a bit of the "Lady and the Tiger feel also as the story leaves you wondering what each character will do and what will be the outcome.

It's okay and for the low price I paid I can't complain at all. If you're
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C

Other books in the series

Newsflesh (4 books)
  • Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
  • Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)
  • Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
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