Title: Shards and Ashes
Authors: Melissa Marr, Kelly Armstrong, Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Rachel Caine, Nancy Holder, Beth Revis, and Carrie Ryan
Series: Several Short stories
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Short Stories, several others because there were several different stories....
So you have some of the biggest names in the book world, writing short stories. Each story is a take on a dystopian future. Each is unique. Many are exciting. Some are heartbreaking. Not all of them are amazing. You would think that each and every one of these stories would be filled with perfect amount of action and adventure. With the kind of characters that you can immediately connect to. Well that is an overrated notion. There were some real gems in here, but definitely not what I was expecting!
Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.
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.
THE HEARKEN by Veronica Roth
I was expecting this one to be good! I mean come on, it's Veronica Roth. Her books are normally pretty epic. And this story was good. It was a great opener. It had a strong message. The main character, Darya, was strong and independent. My problem was I felt like the message was trying to force itself into my brain! The author was trying to hard to tell me the message. (Here's a spoiler for what the story was trying to say.) You need to look deeper. There is good in every person. No person can be all bad. There is "secret beauty".And I get what it's trying to tell you, I do! I just don't believe that and it felt like the author's message was too obvious. I didn't have to think about it! In all though I thought that the story was unique and original, one of the best in the bunch.
BRANDED by Kelly Armstrong
I really enjoyed this story and it's supernatural take on the possible future. The characters felt well developed and I enjoyed hearing their story. It felt a bit unresolved and I would have loved to learn more. I did think it was a bit confusing with the twists, but I was able to understand it better the more I read about what was going on. This is one of the other stories that I thoroughly enjoyed.
NECKLACE OF RAINDROPS by Margaret Stohl
This story....I had NO IDEA what was going on. There were these necklaces that everyone owned that controlled when they lived and died. But there was poison in people's bloodstreams and, and, and.....I'M SO CONFUSED!! It was like, let's jump out of a plane cause our lives are over because we've used all these magic beads that somehow keep us alive, but that girl over there will live forever because she never actually experiences life. SAY WHAT? The only promising thing about the story was the characters and the last couple of pages. Both were confusing, yet somehow good. Okay because that sounds really rambley, all I mean is the how, why, and what are never explained. HOW does being an adrenaline junkie kill you (aside from the obvious risk). WHAT exactly are the beads? HOW does this poison work? WHY do you need a necklace? WHY are people dropping (jumping out of planes) to kill themselves. WHAT did Jai do in her job? EPIC CONFUSION!!
DOGSBODY by Rachel Caine
This one wasn't actually that bad. EXCEPT for the very end. I got to that part and was like really? They went through all of that for THAT? SPOILER***Both of the main characters were killed and the whole place shut down.***SPOILER I just felt like it was all so pointless. I didn't even like the characters that much. I mean they were okay, but they just kind of were there and then they weren't. They went through so much trouble for revenge and then got nothing out of it. It was the classic (this might give away who the bad guy is so if you want to be shocked....DON'T READ THIS) Good Guy who is really secretly the Evil Villain plotting against the world. It wasn't bad, just really pointless. Reminds me of how I feel about 1984 or The Always War. POINTLESS. This was also confusing.
PALE RIDER by Nancy Holder
Was this a short story part of a series? I was so epically confused that I just skimmed the last part. Then became even more confused because I had absolutely no idea what they were discussing. (Something about wars that occurred over 800 years ago, but are only beginning to take effect????) I may be missing something obvious....So if you read this and wanted to explain what was happening to me then feel free to tell me. I would love clarification! If this was part of a series and that's the reason why I understood nothing, then I apologize for this negative review.
CORPSE EATERS by Melissa Marr
This story had a great concept, but I was so confused about the main characters. Harmony was interesting, but everything she did just confused me. Chris was intersesting....kind of depressing, but interesting. The story was interesting. It wasn't really memorable or anything, but I would probably read more! The ending though, was so abrupt. It was just like, GAH, let's leave NOW!!! than it was over! WEIRD...
BURN 3 by Kami Garcia
This one was enjoyable. It was interesting and the MC, Phoenix, was a strong character. She was determined to find her sister and managed to face her fears in the process. I would have liked to read more and see more developement of the characters. It reminded me a bit of Deviants......Like a dome and then a sister chasing a younger sibling and bringing them to safety.
LOVE IS A CHOICE by Beth Revis
This is another of those stories that was a gem. I was not a huge fan of Across the Universe, but I loved this story. It offered a really interesting insight into the books. It might be confusing if you've never read the first book, but it definitely made me want to read the second.
MIASMA by Carrie Ryan
This was my favorite story in the book. I LOVED the concept and the main characters. Frankie was great and I loved how desperately she wanted to save her sister. I thought that this story was a true gem and I would love to see more about this.
I think that for me this was a letdown. I was expecting so much more from these authors. I feel like several of the stories weren't unique. It felt like a used idea. Something I'd read before. And those ones that were unique confused me to no end. I have actually never read books by several of these authors (Carrie Ryan, Nancy Holder, Rachel Caine) and maybe that effected my views. Overall there were several interesting stories that held my attention, but if they were all separate, I might not have ever read them. I do thuink this was an interesting book and I did for the most part find it enjoyable.
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: Probably not the entire thing, but the stories I liked, YES
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: MAYBE
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: MAYBE
WOULD I READ MORE BY THESE AUTHORS: SOME: YES OTHERS: NO
HAVE YOU EVER READ SHARDS AND ASHES? WHAT DID YOU THINK?
(And if you understood some of the things that I didn't, EXPLAIN!!)