After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six—children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one by one, the survivors grow sick and die, Pete and the Six struggle to put aside ...more
Kress freely jumps back and forth between a couple of different time periods in our day and a grim future, only about 20 years years later. A small, isolated group of ...more
AFTER THE FALL: A claustrophobic, emotionally charged, post-apocalyptic tale of dying adults, damaged adolescents, and stolen children.
BEFORE THE FALL: Cold and efficient, a contemporary drama surrounding one woman's struggle to decipher a mystery while preparing for single motherhoo ...more
Can an ending to a book retroactively make you dislike what came before? The fall has a standard sf trope, time travel to bring people forward to repopulate after a disaster, and plays with the structure by having incidents After, Before and During the disaster. I found the story generally interesting, though the writing of the characters felt a little flat. The wrapping up of the before was really good, the whole during was underwhelming, ...more
After the Fall
It is the year 2035. Life on Earth has ceased to be, humanity reduced to a handful of survivors trapped together in "The Shell" (a hull built by an alien intelligence that survivors refer to as "Tesslies") that shields its human captors from the desolate wasteland outside. Of the 26 original adults taken into the Shell before the annihilation of life, just a scant a few remain. But hope endures, because these original survivors copulated and ...more
Pete, one of the Six, lives in the completely enclosed and environmentally controlled "Shell" in the year 2035. They are descendents of the few remaining ...more
Nancy Kress' novella packs a big punch into a small package by combining powerful ideas with a clever story-telling structure and telling the story through the eyes of people you don't typically find at the heart of a so-this-is-the-end-of-the-world? story.
The makes-my-brain-stutter title, 'After The Fall, Before The Fall, During The Fall' isn't ju...more
Trust Nancy Kress to write a hard science fiction novella that is so clear, so precise and so well-written that the reader is never left behind. It is no surprise that After the Fall, Before the Fa ...more
My rating's hovering between a 3 and a 4. (Seriously, Goodreads, why won't you do half-stars?) I was fascinated by the "After the Fall" + "During the Fall" segments, and was drawn to almost all of the characters. It's an interest ...more
Nancy Kress has put together an interesting and frightening book about what we as humans are doing to the Earth. The theme is woven into the story but the words “we did it to ourselves” do not appear until the very end of the book.
I usually have problems with books that flash back and forth in time but in After, Before and During the Fall that format works exceedingly well. By flashing back and forth the entire story is told in just 189 pages. We get to see life in 2035 and the contract with li ...more
This received a nomination for 2012 Nebula novella award; the winners have not yet been determined.
While this very short novel has a good hook, and contains a lot of good writing, it felt incomplete to me. The narrative toggles between the very near future, and one generation down the timeline after a global catastrophe has left only a small habi ...more
As an aside, the descriptions of Pete remin ...more
The surviving adults made a pact to repopulate the Earth, but they are doing so under a mystery they do not understand. (view spoiler)[Before the destruction of most of Mankind, floating robotic things, which they ...more
I loved this book and at the same time wanted to hide from it. There are a lot of writers who tackle the end of the world, but no one makes it seem as real as Nancy Kress does. She makes no attempt to answer every question, because the few people left standing at the end just don't know. Neither do we. What After the Fall, Dur ...more
This was a seamless (if you suspend disbelief in such things as time portals) story that in its possible reality can be quite sobering in idea. A fun read.
This is an author for me to be more aware of. A couple of years back I read another of her books: Beggars in Spain and really enjoyed it as well. This novella reminded me of how much I enjoy her wr ...more
There were also some plot holes. For example, the brilliant mathematician was able to see a pattern in the locations and times of the kidnappings, after three incidents. That's not enough to deduce a pattern. And I wanted to know what kind of pattern it ...more
As the title indicates, After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall follows three different strings of the same story. One of them takes place around 2013-2014 and focuses on the bright mathematician Julie Khan. She is working on an algorithm that is taking mysterious incidences of child kidnappings and odd store robberies and trying to predict future targets. Meanwhile, around the same time, we see what is happening to the Earth: a dangerous b ...more
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