I always insist that I’m not a short story fan, but I just keep picking these anthologies up because I can’t resist them. This time, it was the hint of chaos and anarchy that comes with catastrophic disaster that had me getting grabby hands. This book actually felt like one complete work instead of a collection of various writers. I don’t know how these twenty folks managed it, but bravo.
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.
This was a pretty intriguing collection of short stories. I thought that it was impressive that so many authors contributed to the anthology but it still read like a cohesive work with a consistent tone and style. I enjoy most dystopian, end times, post apocalyptic settings, so this was a treat for me. I really wasn’t sure about this collection at first because it started in such an unexpected place, but it didn’t take long for me to see the common thread that tied them all together, and once that was clear, I relaxed and enjoyed. I did still have a few problems. I am a straight read-through reader, and I found that approach left me depressed because there really weren’t any happy thoughts for at least the first third of the book. I knew it would be bad because, well, duh, but there didn’t seem to be enough good things balancing out the horror. Those hopeful stories do arrive, but it takes a while to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one. I also found that this felt really, really long. And I just looked – yep, almost 400 pages. I bring these two things up because I think that most readers will find this book goes down better in small doses. My afternoon read-a-thon was kind of exhausting. I think that fans of disaster books will enjoy the pandemic and panic this group of writers has cooked up. Unlike some books of this genre, there weren’t a lot of dull medical conversations or boring science lessons. It definitely was paced and written to appeal to readers of YA.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.