Review: Prep for Doom anthology by BOD authors

I have been a member of the Band for Dystopian group on Facebook for over a year, so when I heard that many of the authors that I loved reading and speaking to via online interaction were banding together to create a new world with an anthology…I was excited. I finally got my hands on a e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Prep for Doom description from GoodReads

From the imaginations of twenty authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction comes PREP FOR DOOM – an integrated collection of short stories that tell the tale of a single catastrophe as experienced by many characters, some of whom will cross paths.

What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month.

An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.

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One of the things I loved most about PFD was the fact that every short story intertwined with each other, making the entire anthology one complete plot line. I’ve read only a couple other anthologies (see my review for The Zombie Chronicles here), but this seems to be a unique idea. I would love to revisit more anthologies that have this idea in mind!

Additionally, I have found that with other anthologies, there are one or two stories that don’t make sense all the way with the theme of the anthology or are just confusing. This could me a ME problem or just my opinion, but I greatly appreciated that each author took the time to make sure their story made sense with both the plot and wasn’t too technical that a non-scientist minded individual like me could understand.

I don’t have a favorite story. . . all the characters and their hardships were both heartbreaking and inspiring, while sticking to their goal. Survive.

I cannot recommend this anthology enough.

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Find Prep for Doom on Amazon, Goodreads, PFD website, the Band of Dystopian FB page, and more.

Dissension by K.A. Salidas Review

I was recently added to a read and review list by Cheer of Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans. While I usually review books I read on both Goodreads and Amazon, I have yet to put my book reviews on my blog.

Well, today is the day! My first book as an “official” downloadreviewer is “Dissension by K.A. Salidas. I didn’t even read the description before I dove in, only knowing that it was a Dystopian related genre. After she set the Apocalyptic scene, K.A. introduces vampires to the story. My reaction was half “Ooo, vampires!” and “I hope it isn’t like Twilight…”.

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Selene is an awesome vampire, but so is Mira!

I have not read very many vampire books (yet), so I don’t really have a lot of good titles to go off of from my own personal experience. Do not fear! From the very first page where I was introduced to the main character, Mira, I was hooked. She is snarky, short (like me), and kicks major butt from the beginning. I kept picturing Selene from the Underworld (movie) series, except wearing Roman gladiator gear. And even though she is amazing in every single way, she was by no means perfect. Another thing I like about Mira is that she grew as a character. She didn’t remain the same when her reality bubble popped, but instead stood up to meet the challenge and changed how she felt. Some books I’ve read have lacked character development, but Dissension’s characters were likable and grew as the story progressed. One more trait about Dissension I found unique, was the combination of futuristic elements with ancient Roman traditions and events. It was like steampunk, but instead of using futuristic weaponry in Victorian times (and steam powered vehicles), Dissension was both the future and the ancient past. Love it.

Thank you, Katie for let me read and review your book! I definitely will be checking out the rest of the Chronicles of the Uprising series.

You can find K.A. Salidas on Facebook, Twitter, and her website. Buy Dissension on Amazon here.