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Book Review: Wastelands The New Apocalypse, part 4 🐍🎃🦇💀☠👻☣☣☣☣☣🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮😥😥

Wastelands The New Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, part 4

Come On Down

Showgirls do 'The Price Is Right' after the apocalypse. This has no redeeming aspects.

Don't Pack Hope

A man packs to flee a zombie (?) apocalypse. There are no dark and desperate decisions here. This tries for emotional manipulation and fails.

Best Lines:


“Smell like hot, broken death.”

Polly Wanna Cracker?

After the end the balance of power between birds and humans shifts. A beleaguered anguished flock finds a new source of food. This apocalyptic scenario was quietly ominious.


This was an utterly incoherent tale of snotty kids in a post-apoc world. This was infuriating as the morons run around in hopeless circumstances. This was ridiculously un-dramatic.

Best Line:

“Started hollering for help like it might come.”

And The Rest Of Us Wait

People in a shelter surive after a comet causes an ELE. A disabled girl whines her way through the apocalypse, going on and on about her personal advancement. This is not unsparing and there is a vindictive atmosphere and recriminations and suffocating pressure. I don't care about her ideological fervour and how she expects to be socially exalted in the apocalypse.

Best Lines:

“Already left on generation ships or taken shelter in permanent basements.”

“Outside was ruination.”

The Last Child

A tale of unspeakable violence that is overly grim and full of murdeorus quarrels, impotent rage and existential disquiet. I had complete disfavour for this.

Burn 3

The world as it existed is gone and horrors have become the accepted thing. A girl tries to save her sister from evil and harm. There are no moral standards or common community conscience in this okay tale.


I've read this before. Friends in a plague ravished world hide from monsters. This was very good with a a bleak ending.

Best Line:

“No help to be had.”

The Air Is Chalk

A bodyguard accidently unleashes the apocalypse. He's a jackass and as things get increasingly difficult, survival just come downs to human will. This was okay.

Best Line:

“Which can get you hated.”

Francisca Montoya's Almanac Of Things That Can Kill You

In post apoc world, a cure has been found but tragedy intervenes. This was excellent.

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