Shards and Ashes

By Melissa Marr (Editor) and Kelley Armstrong (Editor)
Published on February 19, 2012
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher for Review
Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested. Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world

Shards and Ashes is a collection of dystopian stories by popular YA Authors. I think the easiest way for me to write this review is to go through it story by story, mainly because I had such drastically varying feelings for each story.  I didn't look to see who wrote which story until after I had finished the book, but it was interesting which stories I liked and didn't (because I am not a huge fan of some of the authors in this compliation).

Hearken by Veronica Roth

I knew right away reading this that it was written by Veronica Roth.  Her style of writing is one of my favorites and I found myself immediately drawn into the story.  I thought it was interesting that music was so woven into this story and I enjoyed it so much I almost wish it was a full length novel.

Branded by Kelley Armstrong

I felt like I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this story, but it honestly didn't hinder me in reading the story.  I wasn't a fan of the characters in this one as much.  They aren't very "nice" people and seem to be far from likeable.  The story was a fun read though.

Necklace of Raindrops by Margaret Stohl

I had no idea what was going on in this story at first, but this honestly became one of my favorites.  This is a little shocking to me because I don't really like other books by this author.  I enjoyed the twist at the end of this story and I honestly wanted it to keep going on- I need to know what happened!  I also enjoyed the Asian influences in this story- it was unique.

Dogsbody by Rachel Caine

I have never read anything by this author before and I found her style of writing easy to read and very fluid. Although it was only a short story it felt complete and the pacing was excellent.  This was another story that I wish could have been a full length novel (I think I like dystopian more than I thought).  I wasn't expecting the ending, but I appreciated it.

Pale Rider   by Nancy Holder

I thought that I knew who Nancy Holder was, but apparently I have no idea.  This story really annoyed me- it felt more horror and paranormal than dystopian, but I was more annoyed by the fact that it gripped me.  I really enjoyed this and the fact (SPOILER) that fae were involved really drew me in.  But I still have no idea where the dystopian came in (other than a mention or two).

Corpse Eaters by Melissa Marr

Um no.  And I didn't finish this one.

Burn 3  by Kami Garcia

This was another one that I just couldn't get into... I actually made this another DNF.

Love is a Choice by Beth Revis

How can you actually like and agree with a villian?  I really enjoyed this take into a universe (haha) I already know well.  I enjoyed reading about Orion's origins and how he became who he was in Across the Universe.  It made me wonder why Harper doesn't do a collection of short stories based on other popular series.

Miasma by Carrie Ryan

This one was just meh for me.  It wasn't that it was the worst story ever, but it also wasn't the best.  I really think they should have made Beth Revis' story last instead of Carrie Ryan.  The Revis story was so strong, it really didn't give a fair chance to ANY story coming after it. 

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