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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: ‘Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aquirre, and Karen Duvall

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Title: ‘Til the World Ends (Goodreads)

Publisher: Harlequin Luna

Source: Publisher/Netgalley
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series / Standalone
ISBN: 0373803494
Format: ebook
Pages: 368

The Authors on the Web:
Karen Duvall – Official Site

‘Til the world ends in anthology filled with 3 post-apocalyptic stories by some fabulous authors. Two of which I’ve read before and one who is new to me. All these stories take place during different events are various times after the world as we know it has ceased (or is ceasing) to be. As there are only three stories in this anthology I’ll do little mini reviews of them all.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 

Place(s) Traveled to: Washington, DC // Illinois

First Line(s): In the summer of my twenty-third year, the Red Lung virus began its spread across the eastern United States

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This story is a prequel to Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series and takes place a s**t was just starting to hit the fan. Rabids have just broken out of the labs and are quickly working their way through decimating society as we know it. The main protagonists are Kylie, a young doctor in training and Ben Archer who was inadvertently among those who created Red Lung. You might also recognize the name Archer from a certain family met in The Immortal Rules. I enjoyed the quick pace of this story and I loved seeing some of the history of how Red Lung came to be. I enjoyed the main characters and learning the early history of the Archer compound. There were some scenes that were a bit hokey for me while others made me jump. I read this alone, at night, in the quiet, and my apartment faces the woods…so I scared myself a few times. I thought the ending was a bit quick and would love to see more from these early days of the compound to see how they got to where they are in The Immortal Rules.

Thistle and Thorne by Ann Aguirre

Place(s) Traveled to: Snake Ward // Erinvale Fortress

First Line(s): If I didn’t deliver the goods to Stavros by midnight, he would kill me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

At first I thought this was going to be a prequel to Aquirre’s Razorland series and was disappointed when I realized it was a whole new story.  It took a bit to get past that before I was able to fully immerse myself into this story. Once I did I really enjoyed it and it was my favorite of the lot. I liked the main characters and the overall story arc. It was fact paced, gritty, and real. My only real complaint is that it ended too quickly and felt unfinished. I would love to see a full length story come about as a result of this short story.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Place(s) Traveled to: Lodgepole, Colorado // Denver, Colorado // Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado // Black Hawk, Colorado

First Line(s): “Breathe,” I advised.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Words can’t describe how much I disliked this story. I almost called it a DNF on several occasions but pushed through it as it was just a short story. My first thought when reading about the effects of the solar flares was this story reminded me an awful lot like an Outer Limits episode. And once that thought hit my brain it was hard to dislodge it. It also didn’t help that I hated the characters and felt that it started off slow and then the ending was super rushed. I was so happy to see this one end. As I wasn’t a fan of the writing style either I’m not sure that I’ll try anything else by Karen Duvall.


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