Title: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse
Editor: Matt Sinclair
Publisher: Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, LLC
Length: 196 pages
Tales about the end of civilization as we know it have captivated audiences for generations. It is no wonder that The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse would be just as intriguing. This group of stories all tied to the common theme of man's destruction gives the reader much to think about. Below are the tales and a brief summary of plot.
Trust by R.C. Lewis - A family struggles to stay alive after the collapse of government.
Hairline Cracks by Ryan Graudin - Zombies tear apart a relationship. "Lumberjack zombie becomes his own Fruit Gusher. Though his flavor is probably more Triple Berry Shock than anything else..."
The Last Day of the Fall by Matt Sinclair - A hodge-podge group struggles to make it through the winter.
Disconnect by Mindy McGinnis - A humorous meeting between God and Angels two seconds after the apocalypse. "GOD: How am I supposed to deliver The Judgment without The iPhone?"
WWBBCDITZA by A.M. Supinger - What Would Big Black Cat Do In The Zombie Apocalypse?
Solar Flare by Alexandra Tys O'Connor - A teen, trained by his survivalist mom, faces off against a corrupt coach after the apocalypse.
Emanate by Amy Trueblood - A brother must protect his sister from both the aliens and the people who want to use her life energy. "I would do anything to keep my sister from their grasp, even if it meant being buried alive for ten hours every night."
Little League by Cat Woods - A baseball game between the Devils and the Saints has some very high stakes.
Rebirth by A.M. Supinger - A selkie, half seal half human, finds a way to truly become human, but at great cost.
Crumbs by Jean Oram - A photojournalist uses her camera to keep an eye on a survivor who she fancies.
The Last Perfomance of the Neighborhood Summer Theatre Festival by R. S. Mellette - A man arrives to see a show that has been canceled.
Bone Dust by P.S. Carrillo - A young woman falls in love with a doctor who has found a way to bring back the souls of the dead.
Flight Plans by J. Lea Lopez - A pilot takes one last flight before the end.
The Last Sacrifice by Judy Croome - A tribal leader finds that the ultimate sacrifice is not his own life, but the life of one he loves.
With such a slew of stories there is bound to be tales that appeal to all readers. Some stories were stronger than others. Some left me hanging, wanting more of a satisfying ending. However, the overall effect of reading this pairing of stories was entertaining and thought-provoking. Some stories made me laugh. Some made me ponder. It was nice to have a mix of topics and emotional content centered around a theme that I find intriguing.
Overall, I think anyone drawn to dystopian literature will enjoy this book. There's something in it for everyone and many of the stories are top-notch and worth the 2.99 price tag.
Four out of Five Stars
**I recieved a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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