Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, GLBT, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
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Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting 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: Los Angeles, California
First Line(s): At 3 A.M., the itching got so bad that Aakash rolled off his mattress and crawled across the garage floor to the bug free patch of concrete where Chandresh and Rishi were sleeping.
Reading an anthology is a bit like eating a box of chocolates, there are those pieces that you love and then there are the ones that you just want to spit out the moment you take a bite. Next Door by Rahul Kanakia is one of those that I really didn’t like. Not sure if it was just the lateness of the hour with which I read this story or not but, for me, this one was just plain bad. It just made no sense. There was no backstory and no hint of what was going on with this world or the characters. I spent much of the story feeling lost, as if something vital had been cut out and I was never able to gain my footing. As such the whole thing felt disjointed and I just couldn’t bring myself to care for any of the characters. This one didn’t connect with me but I am hopeful that the next story will be better.