Review – Shards and Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Title: Shards and Ashes

Editors: Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Star Rating: * * *

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Dystopia /Urban Fantasy, Short Stories

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Synopsis

Shards and Ashes is a collection of YA short stories about dystopias by some of the big names in the genre. From out-of-control corporations to colonies in space, these narratives offer a variety of future possibilities for and commentaries on human society.

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Review – Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Title: Across the Universe

Authors: Beth Revis

Star Rating: * * *

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopia

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Synopsis

Amy must make a choice. Does she chose to follow her parents into space, leaving behind everything she has ever known, or does she abandon her parents forever and stay on Earth? As she watches both her mother and father undergo the painful process of being cryogenically frozen, she decides to take the huge risk and sacrifice of joining the generational ship, Godspeed, heading to another planet on a 350 year journey.

Several hundred years later, Elder, the next leader of the generational ship, starts to realise that there is a lot more for him to learn about the secrets of the ship and its people. One of the most major questions he has is why are there dozens of frozen individuals on a secret deck of the ship?

The plot begins when Amy is mysteriously unfrozen, a process that almost kills her, fifty years before the ship is scheduled to reach the new planet. Elder can’t help but want to spend time with this strange new woman, and she challenges his insular beliefs about society and leadership with information about the history of Earth.

When more cryogenically frozen individuals start being murdered, Amy and Elder must work together to figure out who is carrying out these terrible crimes and why. While doing so, not only do they discover some horrific truths about the ship, but they are forced to challenge the foundational beliefs underlying the unique society that has arisen on Godspeed.

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