Image of 'Til The World Ends: Dawn of Eden\Thistle & Thorne\Sun Storm (Luna Books)


Image of 'Til The World Ends: Dawn of Eden\Thistle & Thorne\Sun Storm (Luna Books)

One wonderful thing about reading an anthology is that there are complete stories you can read in one sitting. “Dawn of Eden” by Kagawa evokes reader emotions by bringing two genuine characters together in an impossibly fraught situation. The intense story of Mari Thistle and Thorne Goodman, of “Thistle & Thorne,” is captivating, and the world Aguirre creates is one that begs to be revisited soon! And Duvall’s “Sun Storm” is an impressive dystopian tale threaded with hope. Happily, all three stories entertain without sacrificing the character development that can sometimes get short shrift in a novella.

In “Dawn of Eden,” Kylie is a doctor who finds that her immunity to red lung disease puts her in a unique place to help those are dying from it. But her eyes are opened to darker realities of the global pandemic when she meets Ben. Mari Thistle, of Aguirre’s story, is a survivor. After a chemical spill sends the world into catastrophic badlands, Mari teams up with mystery man Thorne, and they soon discover there is an evil plot in the underground of the Red Zone. “Sun Storm” sees stormchaser Sarah Daggot become a Kinetic after being exposed to extreme radiation in the aftermath of a solar flare. Now possessing the power to predict upcoming storms, Sarah is determined to convince all Kinetics to join together to defend the world against the final assault of the sun. (LUNA, Feb., 368 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes