Shards and AshesPaperback
- Publisher: ATOM
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 28mm | 300g
- Publication date: 19 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0349001367
- ISBN 13: 9780349001364
- Sales rank: 192,795
The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested. Powerful, original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world. Stories from: Kelley Armstrong Rachel Caine Kami Garcia Nancy Holder Melissa Marr Beth Revis Veronica Roth Carrie Ryan Margaret Stohl
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Melissa Marr is the author of the New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series; Carnival of Souls; and an adult novel, Graveminder. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia. Kelley Armstrong is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series. She lives in rural Ontario with her family
By Moodyno1 20 Jun 2013
Hearken by Veronica Roth 4/5
Favourite Quote: "Everyone was both dying and living at the same time"
I liked learning about the Hearken's and I thought what they could do was beautiful, I would love to have that gift. I like the main character a lot, I felt her feelings and reactions were realistic. However I felt the rest of the world buildings was a little too minimal, and I didn't fully understand what had happened to the world but this story was really good for only being 38 pages! Wouldn't have minded if this was a full-length novel!
Branded by Kelley Armstrong 4/5
Favourite Quote: "No life is easy", I said. "It's just a different kind of hard"
In this short the story, the world was much more developed and actually very interesting. The first half of the plot bored me but the way it ended and everything was tied up was very good. The main character was incredibly smart and the whole plan she had was brilliant! Again I would read thisif it actually was a whole novel!
Necklace Of Raindrops by Margaret Stohl 3/5
Favourite Quote: "It is always our business, the ones left behind. The business of the dead belongs to the living."
First of all I can truly say I never saw the twist coming, like at all! So the ending was just fantastic! I didn't really like the Jai, I found it hard to relate to her but I loved Z and Rama, their carefree life attitudes were awesome! The world the author created could have been very unique and interesting if only she used a better main character, Jai was just too dull to use in a new, refreshing, dystopian world! And that is the reason I took off two stars, one for the character and another for the world that could have been described better!
Dogsbody by Rachel Caine 2/5
Favourite Quote: "Nobody in the entire world, had nothing to hide.`"
There was just something about this short story that I just couldn't connect too. I think it might have been the world, I didn't think it was explained well enough and I was completely confused throughout it, because of the confusing world I couldn't really understand what was going on in the plot. As for the characters, I felt they were to stoic and never had much of a personality. If this were to be an entire book, I would probably not have finished it.
Pale Rider by Nancy Holder 1/5
Favourite Quote: "It was as if things were melting. Evaporating. As if the world itself was losing time - or running out of it."
I did not like this short story at all. There were numerous reasons why but these were the main ones. I felt it all very random and nothing made any sense. The supernatural element didn't connect with way the world was almost post-apocalyptic in my opinion. As for the characters, the main character was okay but the love interest was creepy and there were not any other memorable characters.
Corpse Eaters by Melissa Marr 4/5
Favourite Quote: "Dying while fighting for a better future, seemed like a good way to go."
I really liked this short story, the world buidling was good, everything wa explained properly and I liked the unique twist of a evil god being involved. The characters were also great, Harmony was a strong female heroine and Chris was a strong but emotional love interest. I loved their relationship together, very realistic. If this were a full-length novel, I would definitely be interested in reading it!
Burn 3 by Kami Garcia 3/5
Favourite Quote: "Thanks for reminding me, there's always a way to right a wrong."
The world in this short story was pretty interesting, global warning and all. The plot was okay, I liked the horror that was included in it but overall it was pretty dull. The characters, you never really get to know any of them apart from the main character, who I liked because she was a survivor. Overall this short story was okay, nothing special but not the worst I've read.
Love Is A Choice by Beth Revis 3/5
Favourite Quote: "You're doing this so people can have a choice. What if they're happier without one? There's that old sol-earth saying 'Ignorance is bliss'"
I think this is supposed to be a prequel to the authors 'Across The Universe' trilogy and I think that people who hadn't read that series who read this short story would have a hard time understanding what was going on. The world/space ship was not explained, almost as if the author just expected everyone to have read her series! Another issue I had was there was absolutely no action at all, so it was a little boring. However I did enjoy it, and there was a twist at the end I didn't expect.
Miasma by Carrie Ryan 3/5
Favourite Quote: "Sometimes you have to do things you don't like, in order to make a change in the world."
One good thing about this short story was the world building, everything was explained. However there was a case of insta-love and I guessed the main twist way before it happened. The ending was a little to happy for my liking but I can't control what the author writes!