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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.