Shards & Ashes

Shards & Ashes

Book - 2013
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Original stories of dystopian worlds from New York Times bestselling authors.
ISBN: 9780062098467
0062098462
9780062098450
0062098454
Characteristics: 369 pages :,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Shards and ashes.

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AustinPL_Yarborough Jun 30, 2020

Shards and Ashes Book Review
-written by Austin Public Library Teen Volunteer Joe H.

Shards and Ashes is an anthology, a book that has multiple stories in it, and it is told from the perspectives of different characters and different authors. Each story has a different plot that is often chemical, paranormal, or governmental in its nature. Common themes found throughout each passage include a romance or family importance. This anthology has something for everyone as it talks about multiple topics and brings out the importance of love for one's family.
Overall, I enjoyed the different stories because of the authors’ writing styles and interesting characters. There is much to love for dystopian future readers. However, like most anthology type books, some of the stories aren’t as interesting as others and often feel weak or indifferent. For example, “Love is a Choice’ by Beth Revis tells a story about a kid named Orion who was betrayed and has revolutionary plans. He meets Meg, someone who works for the person that betrayed him, and she decides to help him; however, they both argue about how the rebellion should go and how it would affect other various people.Towards the end of the story, Orion drugs Meg in order to ensure that he can have his revenge and for her to not get in his way, him stating that “He had a choice to love her or not.” It had this big conflict on revolution and revenge but nothing ever happened and it was slightly disappointing.The story constantly mentioned a mysterious past, but it was never acted upon nor discussed. I give Shard and Ashes a solid 3.5 out of 5. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian futures, romance, or stories that tell of love and loyalty. If you enjoyed the Divergent or The Hunger Games series, then you will enjoy some of the stories in Shards of Ashes.

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Shadow_of_Burakku
Jul 02, 2017

Not a bad collection! Personal favorites were "Hearken" by Veronica Roth and "Love is a Choice" by Beth Revis, though Rachel Caine's "Dogsbody" was pretty good, and I personally liked Kelly Armstrong's "Branded" for its passing resemblance to "Stranger" by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith.
"Corpse Eaters" by Melissa Marr and "Necklace of Raindrops" by Margaret Stohl were among the weakest in my opinion, the first for not fully utilizing the Eldritch-like scenario of the god Nidhogg and his reptilian Nidos servants/followers, the second simply because I could not connect to the world it created. Also, "Pale Rider" by Nancy Holder starts off as an almost apocalyptic X-Men sort of world, then badly changes course into a poorly-translated Grimm's Brothers telling of Irish mythology. I would say "Spoiler Alert!" but I honestly feel it's bad enough not to warrant one.
A few minor beefs: "Burn 3" by Kami Garcia held a lot of promise in the beginning, then became predictable and badly corny by the end. "Miasma" by Carrie Ryan had a very compelling world and a pretty good MC in Frankie...up until she met her love interest. Maybe it's just because I'm not much of a romantic, but that made her increasingly less compelling to me so by the end (which is meant to be hopeful), I was honestly left disappointed. A bleak ending would've better suited this story, in my opinion.

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Erndogg61
Feb 24, 2016

Have not read entirety of compilation YET*, BUT, Veronica Roth's 'Hearken' is yet another piece of poignant, plot-lush prose, set in a dystopia that harbors silver-streaked and lined stratus...be they encroaching or permanently in residence....Her entire work here ( as with others), is mesmerizing, provoking, distinctly anomalytic; ie a dazzling non-pareil amongst others of the genre....I recommend this short-story compilation, if only for this one beloved bit. Cannot wait for more of Roth's pen-scapes.**

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dprodrig
Dec 13, 2013

All of these stories are distopias, worlds gone horribly wrong, and the people that inhabit them. Some really good ones, and in some cases some of these authors have stretched outside their typical genre to create something new and unique. Like all anthologies, you will find a few gems.

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Trevin123
Jul 31, 2013

Don't waste your time!!!! Brutal book!!!
Very dark and not good at ALL!!!

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sportsbookspce
Jun 25, 2013

Very interesting to see all the different authors perspective on the future. It's scary to think that these futures could become real.

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