Brave New Love: 13 Dystopian Tales of Desire
Brave New Love (A Room with Books review)
Some of the stories were really enjoyable, but most just left me wanting more, or worse, really, really confused.
Hidden Ribbon was okay. The world seemed a little underdeveloped, but the ending was pretty good.
The Salt Sea and the Sky wasn't bad. I liked to fact that it was a girl-girl relationship, but the story didn't focus on the dystopian world enough for my liking.
In the Clearing was probably my least favorite of them all. The romance just felt silly and unrealistic. The story didn't capture me at all. In fact, I found myself flipping pages to find out when it ended.
Otherwise felt WAY too underdeveloped to me. There were constant hints to this or that when it came to the state of the world, but it wasn't enough for me. I did, however, like the fact that it was set in Seattle since that's where I live.
Now Purple With Love's Wound was really promising. I actually enjoyed myself throughout the story and found myself really looking forward to the outcome, but it kind of turned out to suck. Maybe the ending would work for some people, but I just kept going "how can they leave me hanging like that?!"
Berserker Eyes was by far one of my favorite stories out of the entire anthology. It was well developed and really interesting. Plus, the romance actually worked. I mean, sure, it was a little quick, but we're working with 30 or so pages here :P
Arose From Poetry had quite an interesting concept, but it all felt way too short to me. Almost the minute we start to find stuff out the story's over.
I quite liked Red, but I would have much preferred if everything wasn't just hinted at and we were actually given some straightforward stuff about the world. I mean, were we talking zombies, vampire, something else? I'd probably read a full-length story about this one, though.
Foundlings was another clear favorite. The story was fantastic and it had a clear, nice ending. Another one I'd totally read a full book of.
Seekers in the City is my absolute favorite out of the anthology. It actually surprises me a little that I liked it so much since there's not a lot about the actual world. It focuses pretty much solely on the romance, but it's one awesome story worth checking out the anthology for.
I wasn't really fond of most of The Up's story, but I actually quite liked the ending. Although, it really kills me when I don't actual get to know the state of the world :P
The Dream Eater wasn't a favorite, but it was still an enjoyable read. I really liked getting to read some Carrie Ryan that wasn't in the same world as The Forest of Hands and Teeth. (Not that I don't love the FHT world).
I had some hope for 357 after the setup. I mean, we have an enclosed world without knowing it's size, huge radiation levels that kill people from standing in front of an open window, and some mysterious people in grey suits. Sounds promising, yes? Turns out, not so much.
Eric and Pan is another that focuses almost solely on the romance, but I kind of liked it. It wasn't a favorite since there's barely any backstory on the world, but the romance was nice and the ending was good.
The Empty Pocket is my least favorite out of the entire anthology since I didn't know what was going on the entire time and was both bored and thoroughly confused by the end.