Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Lee and Low, Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Novella, Young Adult
Short Story Saturday is a new thing that I am going to be trying out here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. I’m going to kick off Short Story Saturday with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”
Place(s) Traveled To: Eastern Empire – Possibly Japan
First Line(s): Kenji watched his mother’s care-worn hands tremble as she ladled out the morning rice gruel.
I really liked the start of The Last Day by Ellen Oh which places you right into the middle of this intriguing war torn world. The Last Day was a quick read, which is to be expected from a short story but I had a lot of issues with the ending. Ellen Oh doesn’t have much time to tell her story and I’ve read some that have this great story packed into just a few pages but for Oh’s there needed to be more. For this story just ended just as it was starting to go somewhere. If this had gone on even just 10 more pages I think that the ending could have been more fleshed out as Oh did do a lot with the 20 or so pages that she had.
I like the main characters of Akira and Kenji. I wanted to know more of them and yet we do learn a lot in the short bit of time we had. And I think that I could have enjoyed this story more if there wasn’t that unresolved end scene.