Prep For Doom by Band of Dystopian is an anthology of panic and pandemic for all you fans of the end times disaster scenarios

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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.

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Goodreads Summary

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

My Thoughts

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.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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