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Early Review: ‘Til The World Ends Anthology

Title‘Til The World Ends: Dawn of Eden, Thistle & Thorne, Sun Storm

Author: Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Blood of Eden (Book 0.5)

Publication Date: January 29, 2012

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373803494 (Harlequin Luna)

ISBN-13: 978-0373803491 (Harlequin Luna)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems….

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside…for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Quick & Dirty: A collection of stories that will make you think twice about the end of the world.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Dawn of Eden  by Julie Kagawa – 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize Dawn of Eden was a prequel to Immortal Rules until after the end. And that might have been a good thing. I was enthralled by the story, the world, and Kagawa’s characters. Once I was finished with the story, I instantly wanted more. Dawn of Eden seemed a little more adult than The Immortal Rules, with a darker tone and definitely a more somber theme.

Dawn of Eden had a complex world, evolving and decaying around the Red Lung virus. The Red Lung virus has spread across the United States, slowly infecting the citizens one at a time. In the beginning, it was only thought to be a severe and life-threatening flu, but everyone was wrong. In an apocalyptic-style world, it’s every man for himself. And for the main character, she has opted to stay behind to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Kagawa approaches this prequel in a different way, allowing the reader to imagine a realistic world and then turn it upside down. An outbreak that leads to vampires, that swarms like rabid zombies. Scary, no? I loved how engaging Kagawa wrote her characters. I felt more involved and invested than I normally would in a short story. Definitely my favorite of this anthology.

Thistle & Thorne  by Ann Aguirre – 3 of 5 stars

Living in a wasteland surrounded Fortress, there is a division of the world between the rich and the poor. The world is full of corruption and ugliness, changing to evolve around chemicals and spills. Like in most futuristic worlds, the world of Thistle & Thorne lacks resources. Most have to steal and pillage to survive, as is the case of our young siblings.

Mari must do what she can to survive, even if she is to work for Starvos, the local bossman. Mari scavenges and pawn, doing what she can to deliver goods to her employer. But in her neighborhood, things aren’t as bleak as others, and this is the reason Starvos wants her out of the picture. In a job gone wrong, she meets Thorne.

Mari was very innocent, at least from my perception. I felt that she seemed too innocent given the life that she leads. She is straightforward and honest, well as honest as one can be given who her employer is. I didn’t instantly connect with, not until she met Thorne. Thorne is the rogue knight in shining armor. He isn’t so clean and proper, but instead he’s a guy’s guy. He has unclear motivations, and I think it was because of that uncertain reason that fascinated me. There was chemistry between the two and it made for a pleasant read. Thistle & Thorne had a slow start for me, but slowly picked up the pace.

Sun Storm  by Karen Duvall – 2 of 5 stars

It was difficult for me to get into Sun Storm. I’m not certain if it was the disconnect between the characters and I, or even if it was the plot, but it took a while for me to finish this story. It’s also personal preference, so I still think you should give this story a shot.

In Sun Storm, the trees are leafless and the lawns are brown. The rooftops are charred, because the world is enveloped with the scorching heat of the sun. No one dares venture outside anymore. Exposure kills you with Sun Fever, if you’re lucky. Otherwise, you’re left with altered DNA. In Sun Storm’s dystopian world, the circumstances were beyond the realms of fantasy.

I didn’t connect with Sarah or Ian. Sarah seemed a little much and I didn’t find anything to relate with her. The relationship was hard to accept. In a case of insta-love, it was really fast. It seemed rushed and I couldn’t take a moment to accept what was going on. Sarah seemed a little much and I didn’t find anything to relate with her.

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Luna provided me with a copy of ‘Til The World Ends.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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