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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  76 reviews
X knows she's as good as dead. Seems like the perfect time to start a diary.

Shacked up in a farmhouse cellar, a doomed survivor calling herself 'X' starts a diary to document her final few days. Much less than a few days if the uglies manage to get in.
Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Amazon KDP
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Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
X by Jack Croxall is a very good short story, written for a YA audience, but with appeal to all who love well written fiction.

X is a teenaged girl, who has survived a devastating, apocalyptic experience. She is the only member of her immediate family to survive and she decides to record some of her experiences in a diary. She doesn’t tell us anything about how this horrific situation came about, but we are quickly drawn into her terrifying world, which is now inhabited by creatures that she call
Re-read April 6, 2019

This is a re-read. I had to re-read it after finish Wye because of what happened in Wye. I thought the journal would be the connection between the two, but as far as I can tell, there isn't much connection. X is still short and sad and full of questions and I really liked both stories.


Originally read December 18, 2017

I really liked this short story. You get just enough information to be interested. There's nothing crazy that happens but you get to know X very quickl
Liz Barnsley
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fifteen-year-old X thinks she is going to die. Shacked up in the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts a journal to document her last few days. Much less than a few days if the things outside manage to get in.

So last night I settled down to FINALLY get around to "X", a short story from Jack Croxall, author of the rather wonderful "Tethers".

Written in the form of a diary "X" describes her day to day existence in a world that is radically different from the one she knew before - where every day
Lloyd Baron
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Written in the form of a journal, this short story leaps into the middle of the story. Much has happened in the world and to the girl in question. However, you do not know what, but you can guess it isn't good.

Deciding to call herself X, a teenage girl begins to write a journal detailing her life after some kind of event which has changed the world. She is hiding out in a basement and turns to the pages as a way of making sense of what is happening and to detail what she thinks may be her last f
Sharon Sant
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
X might be a short story, but there's plenty of room here for character development and drama. We don't know who X is but we feel her plight. On the surface of it, not a lot is happening, and yet the ghosts of traumas that have gone before haunt every page. It very much reminded me of a YA version of Cormack McCarthy's The Road, with that same cold, beautiful bleakness, and that same heart-breaking certainty that this situation can only end badly. Please, please, Mr Croxall, write some more X.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great little story, will be looking out for more from this author.
Dan Thompson
Short stories (especially as eBooks) are really popular at the moment. I guess it is because they are so accessible, being easy to read on the daily commute to work or school, or even on your lunch break. When I heard that Jack Croxall was planning on releasing X, I simply had to know more. You may remember that I loved his young adult Victorian-era adventure, Tethers, and so I knew whatever X may be, it was a certainty that it was going to be good.

X follows a fifteen year old girl, who for some
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Did I mention that I LOVE short stories? I find them so great because you can just pick them up and read them so easily, and they are SO ACCESSIBLE for everyone – whether you’re on a journey, want something to read in your lunchbreak, or just fancy reading something a bit shorter. And if you’re going to read a short story – X needs to be at the top of your list!

X is fifteen and she thinks she’s going to die. In the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts to write a journal to document her last fe
★Moonrise Books
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We never learn her real name. All we know is that X is writing in her journal, documenting what she believes to be her last days, and that she sounds more like a soldier than a 15 year old girl. Hiding out in the cellar of an old farmhouse, X has a gun with two bullets--one for her defense, and the other perhaps to end her own life, if (or when) it comes to that. She simply doesn't know how much longer she can survive. But she hasn't given up yet! And as long as she can find supplies, to get thr ...more
Terry Tyler
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very, very good, perfectly paced, just the right amount of information leaked out at each right time. Even the spacing between paragraphs (the big gaps that appeared on my Kindle!) were spot on. I just wanted MORE!

If you like films like 28 Days Later, you will love this - I've always been fascinated by how quickly society can break down. 'X' reminded me of a short story by Stephen King, the name of which I can't remember (helpful, yes?) - similarly, it left me with unanswered questions, but as w
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author
Rating: 4/5

I'd been meaning to read this short story for ages and only had time for a short story this morning, so it was a pleasure to rediscover this on kindle.

X's story is told via their journals, which form a narrative as the fifteen-year old describes how life is in the zombie apocalypse. It's descriptive and thrilling, sprinkled with horror yet quite endearing. Although circumstances have turned X into a zombie-killing survivor, there is still such humanity there.

A great little read, I'
Alison MacConnell
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I was totally swept up from the first page. It's a short story but it packs a hell of a punch.
Maria Smith
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting book - I haven't read many books in this sort of format before and I found it incredibly interesting. I certainly wouldn't have minded a longer book,
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
meh... might have been a good longer story, but it was very short. There wasn't enough time to get to know X or really care about her. Read 1/5/18
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a state of desperation after finishing Tethers, I rushed to Amazon to see if there was anything else Jack had written that I could read to fill the hole that had been left. I stumbled across X and downloaded it straight away, not even caring to read the blurb!

X is a short story that quickly pulls you into a world of a despairing teenager called X who is living in some kind of dystopian setting on her own, struggling to survive. There are ‘uglies’ who are wandering around, killing every living
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, this is the first book I’ve read by Jack Croxall and to be honest I quite enjoyed it. I was excited by the concept that it’s a diary which has been found, so because of this, the only narrative you have is what “X” decides to write. You get to piece the story together from what she tells you and the rest is up to your imagination.

Now, I do have a pretty good imagination with books, I can visualise characters and surrounding pretty well. However, that does not take away from the fact that thi
Kirsty & Erin White
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is about X, a fifteen year old girl who is hiding out in an old cellar. She’s now living in the aftermath of the terrible events that occurred on the outside of her protective cellar, and her story is recorded by her as memoirs in a diary.

Usually the YA books that I read are girly pre-chick-lit books, so this was completely different for me. I’m glad I got to read it though because I got right inside X’s head and felt like I was living her story. The story is basically X recording her
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
X is the short story of an unnamed 15 year old, told through a series of diary entries. X documents her last few days and the things outside.

I had heard a number of wonderful things about this short story so decided to check it out. I read X in one sitting as it was so gripping and chilling, it had me hooked from the first page. X is beautifully written and leaves you with a clear picture of the world and the many horrors which are to be faced. X is composed of a number of diary entries written
Rosie Amber
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What would any of us do if our lives were turned completely upside-down? Imagine if in a matter of two months you lost all your family and friends and you were left to fend for yourself. Just how feral would we all go?

This is what happens to 15 year old "X". Hidden in a cellar in rural England she writes the last few days of her existence in a journal for someone else to find. Once she had a Mum, a Dad, a Sister, a boy she liked at school and an ordinary life. Now she must scavenge for food, wat
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

I loved that this was written in a journal format, it made the whole event feel more personal, it made me feel more close to X. I liked X. I liked her determination to survive for as long as possible. I liked that she was still herself throughout the event which had basically ruined her life and taken everything from her.

This short story is too short! The storyline could easily be written as a 400 paged book. Give me a full book!!

I would also love to know if this
This short zombie story packs quite a punch in a few short pages. The story is told as journal entries of a young teenaged girl, seemingly the sole survivor in a dead England, who prefers to remain an anonymous X, rather than give her name. As she describes her daily activities, she slowly recounts the last few weeks, of 'the events' with the uglies, and the deaths of her parents and then her little sister. I've discovered that this short story inspired the author to write a longer novel, called ...more
This is a fantastic, quick read.

It always amazes me how quickly I manage to become attached to characters and X is no exception. I was pulled in quickly by some fantastic writing and a simple but effective plot. In a matter of pages there is empathy and interest in the life of X and I know I'm not the only one who wants to know more.

The author has a serious talent, as is obvious from reading both X and his incredible debut, Tethers. Looking forward to Unwoven :)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very short read, skilfully done.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Interesting short, short story. It has a lot of potential and would have made a very intriguing full-length novel. As is, it's just too short to become fully engaged in. 2.5 stars
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This short story about a young girl trying to survive in a world overtaken by zombies packs a punch.
BTW you can download this story for free on Amazon

This short story takes an interesting view on the zombie apocalypse, Journal style. The titular character "X" talks about her life after her family has been killed off and basically as she waits to die. It's pretty short (though apparently there is a much longer version) and "X" doesn't talk about her world much, if at all. But spends most of the time lamenting on the past (which is understandable) I feel like this story is a little too short and
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

I recieved this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I picked it up straight away. It's a very short book, only took me 15 minutes to read it. But it was good, I enjoyed it. Well, enjoyed is a strange word I suppose, what is there to enjoy about reading a young girls diary entries, her lat diary entries?! But it was well written, and I honestly wished there had been more. There was definitely room to expand the characters (I know X is the only
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic short story. I'm usually not a fan of short stories because I find them lacking in both character development and plot - I'm typically just left with a feeling of disappointment. This story, however, is in a whole different ballpark. I loved the main character. There is not only tons of potential for future character development, but I already felt connected to her and invested in her story. Written through journal entries, "X" gives the reader a clear picture of the devastat ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could really picture X’s world and the way it had changed for her and her family. Extreme situations bring out parts of people’s personalities they would never have known existed had they not been placed in a situation which called for them to be noticed. X does what she can to survive and to make the ending for others as swift as possible. This is a fabulous short story and one which I am personally glad to see as a finalist in the eFestival of Words short story category. Nicely done, Mr Crox ...more
D.M. Cain
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought the book was light-hearted and fun. Oh how wrong I was... The incredible detail of the world is almost a mystery as Jack Croxall manages to get across vivid scenes without any long descriptive passages at all. The main character talks of her nightmarish experiences in a cold and detached way, and that makes them even more harrowing. I'm amazed that so much can be conveyed in such a short tale. I was left with a genuine shiver down my spine. Amazing work, Mr Croxall :)
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