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Short Take: “Ark,” Veronica Roth

Pros: Elegant and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Veronica Roth’s short novella Ark (Forward collection) is not about an apocalypse created by man. Instead, an asteroid is on course to hit the Earth. There are years in

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Review: “Wanderers,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Spellbinding! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers: A Novel blew me away. 17-year-old Shana wakes up one morning to find that her 15-year-old sister, Nessie, has started walking off down the road for no apparent

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Review: “Growing Things and Other Stories,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Wonderful collection of stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay presents us with a collection of short horror stories called Growing Things and Other Stories. I should note that there’s some mention of animal harm in

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Review: “The Obelisk Gate,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, Book 2) is riveting. Alabaster, who is slowly turning to stone, is trying to teach Essun how to use the Obelisks

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Review: “The Fifth Season,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I picked up N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) because her The Inheritance Trilogy left a deep and lasting impression on me. I couldn’t wait to read

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Review: “Necessary Ill,” Deb Taber

Pros: Fascinating characters and original plot Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Deb Taber’s Necessary Ill is an unusually intriguing and original book. It’s set some indeterminate time in the future, when resource depletion and waste disposal have become

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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Review: “The Cabin at the End of the World,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: This story broke my brain Cons: Truly bizarre perspective/PoV switching Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel introduces us to little girl Wen and her Daddy Eric and Daddy

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Review: “The Immune: Omnibus Edition,” David Kazzie

Pros: Deep dive into characters’ heads Cons: Silly, one-dimensional evil corporation Rating: 3 out of 5 David Kazzie’s The Immune: Omnibus Edition is a combination of four books in his series. While it ended in a place that I was

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Review: “Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard”, Vance Huxley

Pros: Love the characters! Cons: Would have liked a little more explanation or background Rating: 4 out of 5 I enjoy a good book of apocalyptic/survivalist fiction now and then. Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard, by Vance Huxley,

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