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A Place That Used to Be

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"There were three of them, ragged Grafters with dirty clothes and greasy hair. One wore a pair of wire-rimmed glasses. Another was holding Rhonda's satchel. The third pointed a makeshift spear at Milo's throat."
Five years have passed since the mysterious Event wiped out most of human civilization. Trading caravans travel between nascent settlements. Lawless scavengers call
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 6th 2020 by Adventure Worlds Press
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Christian Laforet
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Brittni Brinn's writing! She is just so good at telling completely devastating stories with such beautiful prose. A Place That Used To Be (sequel to the equally fantastic The Patch Project) features a post-apocalyptic world that is full of horror, love and wonder. All things I love! I was enthralled by this desperate cast of characters making their way through a world that has literally fallen apart around them. Oh, and there are super powers! Seriously, this book has it all. ...more
Joanna Kimmerly-Smith
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to The Patch Project doesn't disappoint. The author's skill in weaving complex characters into a haunting post-apocalyptic narrative is even more honed in this book. It was filled with unexpected twists and turns and left me worried about the plights of the characters whenever I put the book down! If you are looking for an adventure featuring strong female and queer characters in an open-ended world where science fiction and fantasy meet stark reality, this book is for you. ...more
Ben Dongen
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brittni Brinn creates fascinating worlds and populates them with equally fascinating characters.
Each character in the book feels like a distinct person with a full life of backstory behind them. I imagine she spends hours creating and fleshing them out.
It's nice to get a continuation of the story from Patch Project, and this book flows even better than its predecessor. I just wish we got to the end of the plot. Hopefully that means there is another book on the horizon.
Shelly Campbell
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brittni Brinn’s ‘A Place That Used To Be’ was such a personal, dynamic glimpse beyond an apocalypse simply called ‘The Event’ that left huge swathes of the Earth as blank wastelands and strangely empowered survivors in its wake. The prose was as gorgeous and poetic as The Patch Project and Brittni did a fantastic job weaving new characters into the story while developing the characters from the first story. This is a quiet, complex and personal story about relationships amidst the struggle to su ...more
Elizabeth Walker
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Place That Used to Be revisits many of Brittni Brinn’s characters from her first novel, The Patch Project, and introduces several new characters into the novel’s landscape. Readers get another glimpse into the post-“Event” world Brinn has created, where people who have inherited strange and mysterious powers begin to go through more changes, with both their powers and their personal connections. Brinn explores several dynamic relationships all set to a post-apocalyptic backdrop, offering a boo ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The characters interesting and complex and they become more so as the story develops. Even though short (2-3 pages) each chapter paints a vivid scene in which the characters reveal more of themselves while they learn to cope and adapt to the post-Event world. I want to learn more about Jax, Pinot, Lucas and so many others. Hopefully, a third book is coming.
Martha Brown
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dear Brittni,
I need to know more......
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Brittni Brinn (she/her) writes (mostly) post-apocalyptic fiction. She has a M.A. in Creative Writing, Language and Literature from the University of Windsor and is the author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be. Her interests include rocks kicked up by the ocean, books from friends, and comfortable sweaters. She currently lives in Windsor, Ontario along with her husband and two cats. ...more

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