Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: PREP FOR DOOM by Band of Dystopian

Prep for Doom
By ER Arroyo , Laura Albins , Amy Bartelloni , Brea Behn , Casey L. Bond,TK Carter , Kate Corcino , Harlow C. Fallon , Kelsey D. Garmendia, Caroline A. Gill, DelSheree Gladden, John Gregory Hancock, Casey Hays, Kate L. Mary,Jon Messenger, Monica Enderle Pierce, Cameo Renae, Hilary Thompson, Yvonne Ventresca, Megan White
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Expected Publication Date: June 18, 2015
ISBN: 9781512226997

Amazon Synopsis:

From the imaginations of twenty authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction comes PREP FOR DOOM - an integrated collection of short stories that tell the tale of a single catastrophe as experienced by many characters, some of whom will cross paths. What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month. An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.

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My Thoughts:

I’ll be honest; I don’t often review collections of short stories because I find the reviews so hard to write. This one was different however. First of all, it was referred to me by an author whose work I had read before. Secondly the stories were all related and supposed to tell one tale. That intrigued me since each author’s story was their own.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how well integrated the stories actually were. Each of the stories had their own characters, although there were a few that crossed stories which brought a connectedness to the whole. It was rather like looking at the disaster from outer space and taking snapshots from above.

Each of the authors’ stories was a satisfying story on its own. It had its own beginning, middle and end as every good short story is supposed to. Yet each story was more than that because when combined with the others it was just one small part of a whole picture. The stories didn’t necessarily blend together moment by moment time-wise but as an over-arching view of the catastrophe it gave you an excellent picture of what was happening.

Although technically Prep for Doom was an anthology, each of the stories completes part of an overall, larger story with twists and turns and a mystery of its own to solve. Prep for Doom was fast-paced and kept me reading, often to the exclusion of everything else because I wanted to know the resolution of the mystery presented as part of the twists and turns in the story.

I don’t know how much the author’s collaborated on which parts of the story they were each going to write on, but the testament to their skill as authors is shown in way they each executed their complete stand-alone short story which fits seamlessly into this larger integrated collection of short stories.

I loved this book of short stories! If you like dystopian or apocalyptic books, but shy away from books of short stories, give this one a try. I think you’ll be amazed. I gave Prep for Doom 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

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About Band of Dystopian

Band of Dystopian (BOD) is a Facebook group, blog, and company dedicated to dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic books. Our mission is to help fans of dystopian fiction find books they will love and help authors of the genre get the word out about their work. Our community of over 2,300 readers and authors has become a supportive, interactive, and insanely fun place to be. We are branching into the publishing world with our first anthology, Prep For Doom.

We have over 150 authors in the group, plenty of great conversation, tons of giveaways, and the perfect place for dystopian lovers to find their next great read.

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