Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Survival Stories, 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: Unknown
First Line(s): If gollies had ears, Ravi might have heard the other driver coming straight at him.
What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna is an interesting if a little confusing story in the Diverse Energies anthology. Its a story that I found to be well written but had a hard time trying to pin point just what was going on. There wasn’t much background given for this strange dystopian world and the reader is just thrust into this world. Then before you know it the story has ended and you are left wondering. What Arms to Hold Us isn’t a bad story but there just wasn’t enough of it to really get a feel for it. It just feels unfinished and I would like to see more of it just to know what the point of it all was.