What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE...
I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.
11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea…welcome to the APOCALYPSE . . .
I have to say that I was skeptical at first when I picked up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Some of these short stories were amazing and left me wanting the author to turn them into a true novel, while others were good as they were; just a short peak into a post apocalyptic world built by some new and promising authors.
There were a few that stood out for me, I enjoyed all the stories, but I truly liked ‘Shelf Life’ by S.L. Dearing probably because it had a little romance to it.
'Lotion’ by Jason Brant was a snarky, fun and sarcastic read that had me laughing at times.
‘I know my first name is Clossiana’ by K.T. Hennessy, this one was a totally different take on the rules of this anthology, so it stood out for me.
And finally ‘Canyon Bound’ by Jon Messenger, I won’t say much about it, though it was probably the longest of the stories and the ending came as a surprise for me I hadn’t expected it at all.
So bravo to all involved in this anthology it was a fun and different read for me and was thoroughly enjoyable.
All in all this book is worth picking up and giving these short stories a shot. I would love to see Cynthia challenge her readers and author friends again because I would absolutely pick up another one of her anthologies—perhaps she’ll do a romance anthology because I can’t help but always want that little bit of love in everything I read!