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Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box [Kindle Edition]

Mira Grant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A new short story from Mira Grant, the author of Feed. Every week five friends get together to play a game - a game they call the Apocalypse Game. It's a fun time with chips and beer and plotting the end of the world. Except this time, one of them is missing and the stakes are higher than ever before.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DTP3GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and not at all sweet... 10 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I held off buying this for a long time as I felt that it was expensive for essentially ten minutes reading. And while I'm being honest about being a pinch penny, just to point out that 50% of this ebook is a sample of Feed - book one of the newsflesh trilogy (which is brilliant by the way.) Still my curiosity got the better of me and I can honestly say that even with the above caveats, this book is worth it.

A chilling game in which a group of friends meet up once a week - as they have done for 15yrs - and play out scenarios that would destroy the world. Except that Cole hasn't been coming recently. Work or something. And yet she won't be missing her turn...

A fairly terrifying thought experiment and a thoroughly entertaining short story. It is the length it needs to be. I would just have rather had a collection of Grant's non Newsflesh short stories all gathered together in one volume. I'm sure she must have a few more out there...
A definite for Mira Grant fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I expected more.... 15 Jan. 2013
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This wasn't too bad however I did prefer the short story "Last Stand of the California Browncoats" from Mira Grant. It didn't take me long to read it and the game was a fresh twist on all the other books. I know it's a short story but if it was longer it might've made it a lot better :) But I do love the Newsflesh Trilogy. If you are new to Mira Grant's books I would recommend you start with Feed as opposed to one of her short stories =)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 20 Jan. 2013
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The danger of playing reality games when one person has the capability and means to play it for real. It's a good possible start to the virus.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Twisted Tale If Ever There Was One 1 Jun. 2011
By Alex C. Telander - Published on
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After the success of Feed, fans will be experiencing the impatient excruciating wait leading up to the release of the sequel, Deadline (due out May 31), with little to do but twiddle their page-turning fingers. Thankfully, Mira Grant and Orbit with the Orbit Short Fiction series have presented us fans with a brief respite; a kernel of entertainment in the form of a short story, "Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box," from the author as we count down the days to the final Deadline.

Friends are good; friends are special; friends are important. And what's better than bringing a bunch of friends together than a game; a game they've been playing for years. But it's not your ordinary game: the challenge is to come up with the ultimate apocalypse scenario, which began with the idea to ". . . figure out how to destroy the world." The group meets every Friday, for the last fifteen years, each of the members taking turns to come up with a way to end of the world, each being more nefarious and evil than the previous one. And now it is time for the six hundred and eighty-third scenario, only Cole is unable to attend for some reason, and instead she has sent a digital recording of her scenario. As the group listens to the step by step instructions of Cole's latest scenario, fear begins to creep through each member of the group as the description starts to seem a little too close to reality.

Grant's short story is just the perfect dish to hold back the appetite of those fans anxiously awaiting the release of Deadline; readers will not be disappointed with "Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box."

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Decent little story, but not worth $2 27 April 2012
By DJ - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, so a group of friends get together every week and dream up imaginary ways to destroy the world. One of the friends stops coming, and instead sends an audio recording in her place....

Okay, I'll be blunt. The story is pretty simple; the twists and surprises telegraph themselves. The characters and dialogue range from simple to cliche. But this is a very, very short horror story, and you can't really read it as a piece of high art. It wasn't intended to be such a critter. Instead the emphasis should be on how well it moves and conveys its core idea. Which this story does, and does surprisingly well at. As a sample of fiction one might find on an author's website as a "freebie" it's well worth a read and will only take a few minutes of your time.

The problem I had was that it was packaged with author bio information and a sample chapter of another novel and sold for $2 (at the time of this writing). I'm assuming this was done to "pad" the page count higher, and make people think there was more meat to their purchase than there really is, but really it just comes across as paying for promotional material.

So, good story. But ultimately too short and padded with filler to be worth the price asked for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulos Story, Dreadful Price 26 April 2012
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A great take on the popular topic, a "Masque of the Red Death" where a friend wears the mask. A great read, this exemplifies why short fiction is often the best fiction. Setup, climax and conclusion come in rapid, but clear, and characters are sketched in just enough to give the imagination a hook, and the story what it needs. Ending is punchy and not overdone, but a fabulous full stop on a great sentence.
The only issue I take is with pricing, but I suppose if people like myself keep paying it, it will keep rising. So, on this point I've noone to blame but myself.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You bring the chips, I'll bring the beer to the end of the world. 10 July 2011
By Cheryl Stout - Published on
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And I thought my friends were strange. We might get together to play Mexican Train dominoes or watch gory movies but...planning scenarios for the end of the world?

Another great idea by Grant(aka Seanan McGuire). Great start, good build-up, smashing ending. Like other reviewers, I would like to read a full length novel expanding this story.

Mira Grant has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Feed and Deadline are the first two books in her Newsflesh triligy and have become two of my favorite books - ever!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was so disappointed.... 8 Jan. 2014
By Nicole - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I actually liked the short story (and by short, I mean SHORT), but just as it was getting ended! And I was at only 40% of the way through the "story" on my kindle. I liked it, but I returned it; since I shouldn't have to pay for 40% of a story. The entire rest of the reading was the sample of Parasitology, which you could just as easily have downloaded a sample of for yourself. The story was certainly an interesting premise and as I was just getting good when it ended. Don't spend good money on something that is disappointing...
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