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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review: After

Title: After
Series: Short Story Anthology
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian/ Apocalyptic
Author: Various
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: October 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher
"If the melt-down, flood, plague, the third World War, new Ice Age, Rapture, alien invasion, clamp-down, meteor, or something else entirely hit today, what would tomorrow look like? Some of the biggest names in YA and adult literature answer that very question in this short story anthology, each story exploring the lives of teen protagonists raised in catastrophe’s wake—whether set in the days after the change, or decades far in the future.
New York Times bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology. "
I love dystopian stories. There are so many possibilities that any story facing some uncertain future always manages to capture me.

Now, I know most don't like short stories, but I do. Let me tell you why? Short stories are quick to the book and for me, leave me wondering what more could happen if the author expand the story? I love that short stories gives the reader a quick glance of what life is like and then close with questions.

As I read through these stories several stood out to me. Now only are there authors that I known and love to read but I also discovered other authors that I have never heard of.  And I love discovering new authors with short stories.

If you love dystopia or apocalyptic stories, read this book. There are some amazing stories that I can only hope will be turned into full fledged novels. There are also a few short stories of questions that lingered in my mind from other novels that I have read before. After is an amazing selection of stories that fill my mind with wonder. Exhilarating and exciting, After is great.

I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. I like dystopian, but I think I need a bit of a break from it. However, when I'm in the mood to start it again, this might just be what I need. Sometimes the short stories really fit the bill!

  2. I have never read an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow that I did not really enjoy. I have this book and I'm looking forward to reading it. I love how you say a short story is a glimpse into a world. I like short stories because you get a complete story in a short amount of time.


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