Book Review: Prep for Doom (Band of Dystopian)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Details:Publisher: Your Elemental Solutions
Release Date: 18th June 2015
 
Blurb (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.

 

Review:

I really loved the sound of this book: a worldwide disaster told in the form of short stories just sounded perfect. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it was an interesting read.
The good, first.
It was great to read the same wider story (the virus outbreak) told from so many different points of view. It made it feel realistic – instead of following one protagonist who just happens to be immune and great with a shotgun and really world-savvy, we meet a lot of different people, some who are immune, but also some who get sick, some who die, and that made the whole thing feel more real.
As a whole I enjoyed the book but when I think about individual stories its hard to pick out favourites. A lot of them had a tendency to make very dramatic statements or rely on cliches, which got annoying. I did find that, with so many stories to follow, it could get a little confusing. Sometimes characters popped up in other people’s stories later, which was great when I recognised them, but often I couldn’t remember which story they belonged to and had to flip back to check.
I also felt it was a shame that, for what is stated to be a worldwide disaster, all stories bar the prologue were set in America. I understand this is an American book, but it would have been so great to see the reaction in different countries and cultures, rather than just across a few different cities/states.
Overall, I think this was a brilliant idea that could have been a little better executed, but still worth a read if you’re ready for some doom and drama!

My Verdict:

 

I enjoyed – give it a read

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