Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Defying Doomsday” as Want to Read:
Defying Doomsday
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Defying Doomsday

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet.

A woman faces giant spiders to collect silk and protect her family.

New friends take their radio show on the road in search of plague survivors.

A man seeks love in a fading world.

How would you survive the apocalypse?

Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill prot
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 2016 by Twelfth Planet Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Defying Doomsday, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Defying Doomsday

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.42  · 
Rating details
 ·  228 ratings  ·  71 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Defying Doomsday
Apr 26, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm in this! My story is "And the Rest of Us Wait," which is described on the back copy as such: "Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet."

I mean, what else are you going to do?

It shares a setting with my novel On the Edge of Gone, and a secondary character crosses over. They can be read in either order--they're entirely independent of each other.

Hope you enjoy! As for me, I can't wait to dig in and read all these other stories.
Intisar Khanani
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, folks. This book. Just the premise is fantastic: every story features a character with a disability / chronic illness facing the apocalypse. The execution, though? Almost flawless. There were maybe two stories I didn't really love, and that was probably a matter of taste. The issues, the characters, the details of the apocalypse--so varied, so well done, and so thought-provoking. There was diversity in ability, in race, gender, culture, and each story just sucks you in with all its in ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
This anthology was funded by a pozible campaign that was launched Swancon Easter weekend 2015, and delivered a few weeks and a year later in May 2016.

"And the Rest of Us Wait" by Corinne Duyvis

This short story goes hand in hand with Corinne's latest book that came out in March, On the Edge of Gone. Iveta is famous for a talent show she once appeared on, however she's just like everyone else when a comet is set on destroying the earth, and Iveta and her family join countless others in a refugee c
I adored this book! People with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses are having their own stories and adventures after the apocalypse. In some, the disability is a drawback, realistically so and without any wallowing or maudlinness (is that a word? Maudlinity?); in some, a complicated thing that exists and is pretty orthogonal to the action; in some, it comes with some advantages - but without falling headlong into the tropes of Disability Superpower or Inspirational Cripple.

The apocalypses an
Lauren Mitchell
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: by-me
Aside from the part where yes, I am in this, and yes, I did spend a disproportionate amount of time being delighted over the author listing in the back including me and one of my especial favourite people (hint: her surname comes right before mine), I am giving this five stars because I genuinely, truly, think every story in this anthology is worth it.

These stories are just amazing pieces of various worlds after the end of the world, and how people with a whole range of disabilities adapt to the
I supported this book through its Kickstarter campaign and I am so excited that it is finally here.

"People with disability already live in a post-apocalyptic world," says Robert Hoge in his Introduction to this volume. The central character of every story in this anthology has some sort of disability or chronic illness - but the point of the story is not that. The point is people getting on with surviving the apocalypse. Some do it with more grace than others; some do it with a lot more swearin
Miriam Mulcahy
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm terrible at writing reviews, so here are my tweets from this evening as I read:

@StuffedO @DefyingDoomsday I’ve devoured the first four stories and OMG it’s completely fabulous so far! ❤️ #needmoretea *keeps reading*

@StuffedO @DefyingDoomsday Something terrible has happened! I reached the end of the book & there wasn’t any more! Was so good, loved it all

Just finished reading @DefyingDoomsday, amazing collection of stories. Loved it all. Get yourself a copy.

@StuffedO @DefyingDoomsday You know
La La
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers interested in disabilities portrayed in Science Fiction stories.
This would be 3.5 stars on my blog. As with any multi-author collection there was a mixed bag of ratings. There were a few meh, a few good, and a couple of excellent stories. This anthology has a twist that all of the main characters are otherly-abled, and that was excellent in itself!

I participated in a read-a-long for this title and will be doing a wrap-up blog post about it. I will add the link here when it is posted.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I often have trouble with short story collections. I'll read a story, then put the book down and wander off for a while. It takes me forever to get through an entire anthology, no matter how good the stories are.

I was surprised to find that wasn't the case with Defying Doomsday. Robert Hoge's introduction hooked me right from the start by providing an insightful context for the anthology and setting the tone. Corinne Duyvis then took over with an earth-shaking story that manages to be both angry
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
I've been ready for this book since the Pozible campaign went live. I am always excited to see what is coming out from Twelfth Planet Press, so this book was immediately on my radar, especially given how great their Best of YA anthologies have been. It was amazing to read so many wonderfully crafted stories that center around individuals who are disabled and thus so often ignored or written off in apocalypse-centered fiction. As someone who has chronic illnesses and is disabled it was really, re ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Biased, since I have a story in this.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on Skiffy &

“People with disability already live in a post-apocalyptic world.” – Robert Hoge

This crowd-funded anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction showcases the theme of disabled or chronically-ill protagonists. Edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, the collection features many Aussie female writers (though not exclusively) and names likely both familiar and new to speculative fiction readers. With all of its diversity in characters, apocalyptic sett
Elinor Caiman Sands
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a story in this book so yes, I'm biased. Obviously I won't comment on my own contribution but I wanted to add how much I enjoyed everyone else's. I feel a little humbled really. All the stories are just so good and stand up equally well, those by relative newcomers as much as those by established writers.

Personal favourites:

And the Rest of Us Wait by Corinne Duyvis - the opening story. A truly gripping piece. It had me gasping out loud at one point. This is the type of story you can't p
Jemimah Brewster
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalyptic, reviewed
This review can also be read on my blog:

Defying Doomsday is a riveting collection of short stories of individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses surviving the apocalypse, the premise for the collection being that it’s not always the ‘fittest’ that survive – it’s about being determined, persistent and inventive.
The apocalypses vary, as do the abilities of the individuals: a fourteen year blind girl survives for months in a lab by the ocean after a
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a visually impaired person I've often thought of myself as one of the first to die in an apocalyptic setting. But when you stop to think about it, apocalypses can be as complicated and diverse as real life and there's a place in them for the skills and abilities of people with some impairment or other.

There is a real life story about a blind person that lead a group of people out of the world trade center with his guide dog through the dark stairway during 9/11.

I found the short story collect
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel that this book is one of the most important short story collections out there today. While being a disabled person myself I can say that the representation of disabled people in literature and other forms of media is starting to slowly get better I still feel that it has a long way to go before the representation is fully noticed in society. Although this collection of short stories does allow me to feel some sort of connection to the main characters that I have not experienced with many ...more
Heather Iveson
Solid collection of stories featuring protagonists with disabilities and chronic illnesses, the stories by Seanan McGuire and Janet Edwards were my standouts, but the overall standard was really high. There were a couple that weren't my particular cup of tea, but I'm sure they have no shortage of fans. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ollie-reccs

I've never seen myself reflected in apocalypse out before. Reading this, especially the story about an autistic, schizophrenic girl with OCD (just like me!) was an amazing experience, and made me really want there to be more anthologies like this about disabled protagonists in genre books, in the future!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Defying Doomsday" turns survival of the fittest on its head while questioning just what 'fitness' and 'worthy' can mean. Lovers of apocalypse fiction, short stories and those who want to see more diversity of protagonist should pick up a copy. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
this book is really important and while i liked some stories more and some less, but i’m giving 5 stars because of the personal meaning this has for me - and i’m so pleased that i have finally found a story where a character also needs to go to the toilet a lot.
actual rating: 2.5

There were some decent stories in here but nothing that really stood out to me and I skipped a few of them towards the end just because I was running out of steam. I rounded this up because it really is an interesting and unique idea for an anthology, but I'm not really that into post apocalyptic stuff or 'inspiring' stories so I was not expecting to be particularly taken with this anyway. Still, I got it in a Kickstarter bundle years ago so I wanted to go through it just to se
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A mixed bag, but worth reading for the stories I really liked.
Carol Ryles
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Defying Doomsday is an important anthology. Its fifteen stories deliver diverse and realistic representations of mostly young people with disabilities. Although their afflictions are physical, these people are defined by their personalities, inner strengths, hopes, fears and talents.

My three favourite stories tick all the boxes for what makes fiction resonate for me, i.e., a strong narrative voice, rounded characters and well-painted settings that allow imagined worlds to seem believable, while
Merrie Destefano
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Took a well-needed break today and read two short stories from a wonderful anthology I stumbled upon: DEFYING DOOMSDAY. I can't even begin to describe how amazing and well-written each story has been so far, each touching on the unique combination of an apocalypse and people with disabilities. I never would have thought to combine these two elements, but the book hits you right at that cross-section of survival and humanity. Who deserves to live? How difficult is it to live when everyone faces d ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Post-apocalyptic fiction and books with disabled protagonist are two things that are right up my alley so when I heard that this book existed, I had to get my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed. Every story in this is at least decent, many are absolutely excellent. I can't put my finger on it, but something also made many of these stories feel more real than most post-apocalyptic fiction I've come across. I finished them with my heart aching and a huge lump in my throat (which, given the subject ...more
Elanor Matton-Johnson
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
If Goodreads allowed half stars, this would be 4.5. Another excellent Anthology from Twelfth Planet Press - there is a reason I love backing their Pozible campaigns.

My favourite story was probably Seanan McGuire's "Something in the Rain". A terrifyingly possible apocalypse and a protagonist I connected to despite my experience being nothing like hers.

I also really liked Tansy Rayner Roberts' "Did We Break The End of The World?" (I'm a total sucker for her work) & was terrified out of my mind by
Sandi Parsons
Favourite Line “Georgie," she said, "why would God put flowers in our lungs, if it makes it so hard for us to breathe?”

Post-apocalyptic fiction depicts survival in a changed world full of challenges - where survival often depends on being the strongest. Defying Doomsday is a snapshot of what may happen if you were disabled or had chronic health problems before disaster struck and is a reminder that there are different types of strength.

You can read my full review here
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 9, ebooks, sf, anthology
It was lovely to see people more like me in a book for a change - which was, of course, the point of the anthology.

This is a set of excellent stories by a wide range of authors, many new to me.

I highly recommend this anthology, whether you have or know someone with a disability or not. Just maybe, I won't be the first to die when the apocalypse comes as I had always assumed I would be.
Maree Kimberley
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm a little bit biased because I have a story in this anthology. And I'm so proud to be included because this is a fantastic anthology. Such a great concept, so many wonderful stories, and beautiful cover art. You won't be disappointed! ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • On the Edge of Gone
  • Paladin's Strength (The Saint of Steel, #2)
  • The Physicians of Vilnoc (Penric and Desdemona, #8)
  • Masquerade in Lodi (Penric & Desdemona, #9)
  • A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1)
  • They don't make plus size spacesuits
  • Out Past The Stars (The Farian War, #3)
  • The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
  • Magic and the Shinigami Detective (The Case Files of Henri Davenforth, #1)
  • Down Among the Dead (The Farian War #2)
  • Deadline (Harrietta Lee, #1)
  • Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction 2016
  • Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War, #3)
  • There Before the Chaos (The Farian War, #1)
  • Fangs
  • The Hollow Places
  • Deep River
  • A Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivers
See similar books…
Researcher by day, writer by night, Tsana is an astrophysicist specialising in the deaths of stars like our sun.

Related Articles

Looking for some out-of-this-world reading this summer? Then we suggest taking a peek at these highly anticipated young adult books, all...
3 likes · 0 comments