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After a mysterious disaster erases most of the world, five survivors find themselves in the middle of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A married couple are trapped in their domestic setting. Two punks wander the wasteland, pushed further west by fears of retribution. A video game designer, used to living the high life in the city, is stranded at a highway gas station.

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Paperback, 146 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Adventure Worlds Press
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Christian (C. M. Forest) Laforet
The Patch Project is a fantastic debut from Brittni Brinn. The story itself, a post-apocalyptic tale, finds a small group of survivors navigating a landscape so desolated that to call it a wasteland would be generous.

Although I liked the setting, it is two other things that make The Patch Project truly interesting.

The first are the characters. I was taken in by these people (especially May and Isak). They come off as real people dealing with an impossible situation. They are not bad ass Mad Max
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Janine
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED “The Patch Project!” It was impossible to put down!
“The Patch Project” is a post-apocalyptic novella which explores the lives of different groups of survivors of “the Event.” This riveting, character-driven plot will have you hooked from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go until the final page.
The characters are exciting and fascinating. It’s easy to immediately connect to the characters; their vulnerability due to their situation allows for them to be really accessibl
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Hanan
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked the minute I started reading! I couldn't handle the suspense (I just had to know what happened next) so I read the whole book in one sitting. I loved how the novel was full of literary references and allusions. Despite the dystopian setting, the characters still managed to hold on to their humanity and contemplate existential and philosophical questions. I personally found that to be refreshing as many dystopian novels focus too much on the physical hardships or the outward action. ...more
Alexander Zelenyj
The Patch Project is Canadian author Brittni Brinn’s debut speculative fiction novel. It is populated with an eclectic cast of memorable characters inhabiting a dream-like post-apocalyptic landscape in search of an elusive meaning to their nightmarish world. Mysteries abound, and tantalizing hints of a global ecological disaster infuse the narrative with a perpetual tension that never lets up. Brinn adds depth to her end-of-the-world scenario by infusing her characters with uncanny abilities, su ...more
Ronan O'Driscoll
Nov 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
An imaginative dystopian world full of melancholy
Ben Dongen
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Patch Project is not a book that holds your hand. It's well written with sweeping metaphors and tangents that explore the character's emotional reactions, but you'll have to do the work to pick out the details of the story among the poetic language.
The story itself is an interesting one, almost dream-like, following characters exploring who they are and what it means to be alive in a broken world.
Not every question is answered, but the writing and character development are worth the read. Ho
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Susan
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was OK for what it was: a novel with no beginning and no end. Just a random group of people thrown together after an apocalyptic event (?) which is never really addressed. Would have been so much more effective if the author could have come up with a complete storyline instead of just characters interacting and trying to survive, with vague references to their thoughts/feelings.
Sue Slade
Although it’s not my go-to genre, The Patch Project was a well-written post-apocalyptic novella that follows a group of people trying to survive in a broken world. The story provokes plenty of thought and reflection; what would I do in the same situation, but I was a bit disappointed that the story didn’t end and it’s to be continued. 2.5 rounded to 3 stars
Lynne
Oct 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
An interesting set of vignettes set in a post apocalyptic world.
Robert Dowsett
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
Something odd happened to the world, the ‘Event’ they call it, and nothing was ever the same since, after most of the people vanished. May can feel the presence of others, even though she doesn’t understand it; Isak, her husband, travels through time, but only forwards and it seems to be based on events and desires rather than specific destinations; Ed can control electrical impulses with his mind; and Pinot is a tro
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Elizabeth Walker
The Patch Project by Brittni Brinn takes place in a world laid to waste by mystery means and follows the story of those left behind. Isak and May live in their home, which was once situated in a pleasant suburb. Now all their neighbours’ homes have been mysteriously wiped away. Pinot and Miller live on the fringe, which doesn’t seem much different from what may have been their lives before the wasteland. Ed lives in the rest stop he had pulled into, far from his big city life. Living off of conv ...more
Scott Gamble
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. Great ideas fleshed out delivered clearly and creatively. I would have been happy if this book was twice as long without adding any action. Being a character driven work, and being set in a post-apocalyptic world, I think there was even more room to ramble around in characters heads, really start to feel the loneliness and circular thinking that must set in with this sort of situation. The ending really threw me for a loop. So much happens in such a short amount of t ...more
Chelsea Porter
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To start, the concept for this novel is intriguing. A future distopia created out of a desire to fix the damage we have already done. At least as far as we know so far.
The characters are dynamic, the writing of them is done well. They are believable people with believable histories and problems. People have powers they didnt have before, And everyones experience of, and reactions to, the Event varies to match their personalities and circumstances.
As for the writing itself I found it to be
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Shelly Campbell
Feb 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is post-apocalypse gone quiet. Voids have swallowed large chunks of the world after the Event. Everyone left is isolated and slowly discovering that the Event didn’t just impact the world around them, it’s given them each new and unique abilities. How do you connect with other survivors in a sterile, mostly-abandoned post-apocalyptic world, and more importantly, is connection worth the risk?

The contrast between the stark, blank world and the rich humanity of these characters made for a
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Sandy
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! The cast of eclectic characters and their efforts to cope in a post apocalyptic environment serve as a reminder that no matter how good we (think we) are or how great our weakness(es), we still need each other to love, grow and progress in this thing we so casually call life. I already miss my new friends from "The Patch Project" and am looking forward to the next book. ...more
Joanna Kimmerly-Smith
In the COVID-19 era, this post-apocalyptic book resonates. Its unique narrative style, complex characters, and haunting setting draw you in, prompting you to imagine yourself in the characters' shoes. It asks tough questions, unravels like a mystery, and leaves you wanting more. Bravo Brittni Brinn! ...more
Martha Brown
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Post -Apocalyptic fiction at its best! (My favourite genre). So happy that there is a second book (A Place That Used to Be). I went straight into that one!
James Campbell
What a dark, and at times bleak short little novel. There is a feel of helpless and hopelessness with the characters, who you feel sympathetic for as they try to come to terms with their changed world.
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Brittni Brinn (she/her) writes science fiction. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and is the author of The Patch Project series. Her interests include rocks kicked up by the ocean, books from friends, and comfortable sweaters. She currently lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and two cats.

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