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Ignorance is Strength, by John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey

audiobook_obsession's review

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challenging dark reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

malmer's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5


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smforester's review

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4.0

Most of the stories were really amazing and thought provoking, but there were a few that either were barely fiction or not well fleshed out. But I think most people who enjoy dystopian short story will find at least something to their taste here.

severina2001's review

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4.0

The first of a trio of anthologies that deal with different stages of dystopian society.

I generally really enjoy the anthologies that Adams puts together. I recognize many of the names from his previous anthology here, and I'm not sure if that's a plus or a minus in this case. On the one hand, there are some names that I look forward to reading more from; on the other, there's usually some that I would leave off the list if I had my druthers. This grouping split pretty evenly between highs (9 stories that I would consider from very good to great) and lows (6 stories that were more or less forgettable) and then the dreck (2 stories that just weren't my cuppa, as they say.)

The story that spoke to me the most was Targets: The Truth about the Boy by Adam –Troy Castro, which echoes that horrible aftermath that some of the parents of the Sandy Hook shootings had to endure, and has an ending that is both shocking yet cathartic. That one has stuck with me for a long time. On the more fantasy spectrum, my favourite was V: Invadens – The Love by Scott Sigler. It's about an alien invasion by symbionts that meld with humans, and what impressed me most was how clear the attack, spread, and current state of the world was made through just a few sparse words. I'm eager to see what happens in the next part.

macbean221b's review

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challenging dark reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

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