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Journal of the Plague Year: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Tales (The Afterblight Chronicles #13-15)

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The new omnibus from the Afterblight series, following the break out successes of both School's Out Forever and Hooded Man.

WHEN THE WORLD ENDED...
The Cull swept the world in the early years of the twenty-first century, killing billions and ending civilisation as we know it. Only a fortunate few, blessed with the right blood, were spared. But in times of need, heroes rise
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Abaddon (first published July 1st 2014)
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Steve
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An compilation of three novella-length stories about the apocalypse/culling set around(and above) the world.

The first story, Orbital Decay by Malcolm Cross, was the strongest of the three, and was very tense. The American and Russian crew of the International Space Station are watching events unfold on the ground, events that are decimating the human race. Additional details and happenings on the ISS (and on the ground) made this a
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Alice
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Post-apocalyptic fiction isn't usually my cup of tea, but I was given a copy of this trio of novellas by one of the authors, Malcolm Cross. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and it was an easy read that kept me turning pages.

Of the three stories, Cross's Orbital Decay was easily the most atmospheric. Confining the action to the International Space Station, with all hell breaking loose on Earth below and a murderer among the crew, makes for a tight, claustrophobic narrative full of menac
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Daniel
Though I’ve read plenty of shared-universe novels, they all have fallen into the media-tie-in category, but I’d been intrigued by titles in the Abaddon catalog and the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic setting of this “Afterblight” series seemed like something I’d easily enjoy. And this omnibus collection ended up being basically what I expected, nothing flashy or awe-inspiring, but a fresh and varied series of genre stories that keeps the reader entertained.

Each of the three novellas in the omnibus
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C. D.  Brinker
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book was okay. I wouldn't go above and beyond in recommending it to anyone, but fans of post-apocalyptic fiction might dig it; however, there are far better books out there.

Overall, I felt like the first and third story fit together quite well as an anthology. It was an interesting dichotomy between science and religion in the midst of a post-apocalyptic world and I would've liked more of both stories. I would like to point out, just on the side, that there were a number of typos in the thir
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Tiara
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
1. Not Bad
2. Nope, Why did I waste my time
3. Pretty Good

Basically, The rating is mostly because the 2nd story brought it down that bad. Main character was not likeable.. everything was so predictable.. Gang member wants revenge.. happens by his old gang members who just happen to be leading each group. "Surprise"-- it was me!
Koeur
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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Publisher: Rebellion
Publishing Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9781781082461
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 2.5/5

Publisher Description: WHEN THE WORLD ENDED…
The Cull swept the world in the early years of the twenty-first century, killing billions and ending civilization as we know it. Only a fortunate few, blessed with the right blood, were spared. But in times of need, heroes rise. Leaders, soldiers, rebels – even children – take a stand, to hold back the tide of savagery
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Isidore
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Abaddon's latest entry in its Afterblight series, offered as a sort of cheeky hommage to Defoe, is a mixed bag.

Perhaps it's rather late in the day to formulate a scientific explanation of how Abaddon's Great Plague operates, and I'm not sure one is really necessary, but Malcolm Cross makes a noble effort––insofar as this very non-science-fictiony reader is able to judge. However, his Orbital Decay is memorable mainly for its intriguing portrayal of the peculiarities of daily life aboard the Int
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Corinne
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book containing three separate stories by three different authors who use the same post-apocalyptic world as their backdrop. I went into this as a stand-alone, because I have not read any of the other books in this series or by these authors, and this book was my first introduction into the post-apocalyptic world of The Cull. Overall, the stories are great post-apocalyptic reads by themselves, but I rated each individually to get an overall four-star rating.

Story 1: Orbital Decay by Ma
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Jan
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Orbital Decay by Malcolm Cross:
Was just too dramatic and depressing for me, stopped reading half way. Also this story plays of in the time of the actual apocalypse, not post - which was not what i was expecting and looking forward too.

Dead Kelly by CB Harvey
Was great! I could not put it down. The only reason a rated this a 4/5

The Bloody Deluge by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Was ok, has some nice parts but also some slow parts I was bored with.
Josie
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The first story in this collection was superb. It was unique and subtle and kept you on the edge of your seat. For that, I would recommend picking up this book. The next two stories were fine, but I found nothing unique about the stories. Worth reading if you're a big sci-fi person, worth skipping if you have high standards.
Allyson Shaw
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Uh, with the exception of the first story which kind of engaged me the rest is just...nope. I got this on the free table at the BF con. It made me despair that things like the second story could be published by seemingly intelligent people.
Kate
I loved this omnibus so much - three dark and powerful stories, each different, each set in different parts of the world (or off it), but all linked by the same apocalyptic event, the Cull.

Autumn
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Will post review when released.
Ross Bussell
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I sort of liked the first story, and it went pretty much to hell from there. The end.
Sara
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
l loved the first story, enjoyed the second and was a bit annoyed by the third. I am interested the rest of the seties that this book is a part of, so by that account it worked.
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The Afterblight Chronicles (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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