Wastelands The New Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, part 3
In an overly brutal post-apoc a man engages in reckless disobedience and deliberate defiance by saving a potent symbol of hope. This was okay.
“Plenty of other wannabe dictators to work for out there in the wastes.”
The Eyes Of The Flood
Little meaningful here.
“Died so long ago that their bones are dust.”
The Last Garden
A woman is the sole survivor of the human race after humanity wipes itself out. All she has for company is an ethically neutral AI. This had dreary pacing.
Through Sparks In Morning's Dawn
This seems to be a sequel to a story from the 1st 'Wastelands' anthology. The great landship Zephyr needs urgent repairs, the inevitable raiders show up. This was okay.
“Undo what you've done!”
“All civilizations lived among the ruins of the ones that came before.”
In a post-plague apocalypse desperate people resort to desperate measures in this good story.
“A pleasure to be the center of everyone's concern and attention.”
“There's a place on the map marked Troy but nobody has lived in those ruins or called it Troy in centuries.”
By Veronica Roth. A woman recalls her ill-remembered sister in the aftermath of an irreconcilable standoff between humans and AIs. This was okay.
Shooting The Apocalypse
By Paolo Bacigalup. Is this connected to 'The Water Knife'? In a divided USA riddled with drought, something is about to change. This was excellent and done in grim vivid detail. Things are souring and a terrible truth is slowly realised.
“The reality narco show Hard Bangin'.”
“State Sovereignty Act.”
“Brought their apocalypse down on their own damn selves.”
The Hungry Earth
Has a lack of ambivalance.
In a post-apoc world which is a quasi medieval hellhole, an idiot child tries to survive in the relentlessly brutal world. A weapon that has long been forgotten is found. While not conceptually daring – this was okay.
A Series Of Images From A Ruined City At The End Of The World
A frivolous rationalisation of complaints.
“A man who only likes you when you see him a certain kind of way. When you get a glimpse of the real person, he runs.”
The Time Of The Reaper by Andrew Butcher
This YA novel was supposed to be the first in a series. But no follow ups have appeared since 2007. A plague wipes out everyone over 18. So hoodie mobs now rule and then in the twist ending aliens show up. This was woefully bad.