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Dark, Horrific, and Compellingly Beautiful,
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This review is from: World's Collider: A Shared-World Anthology (Kindle Edition)I came to this from a recommendation of a friend of mine and I was a little cautious about buying it as I don't often find myself reading anthologies. I only finished it today and am glad I did purchase it. The basic premise in which a world shattering event plunges our civilisation into chaos reminded me very much of the Word War Zombie novel which in a loose sense is perhaps an anthology, albeit by a single author. As with all anthologies, the very number and scope of the stories can vary in quality and depth but here as I delved deeper and deeper into the novel I was drawn in to the horror and the sheer detail of what was happening.
There are over-arching stories which serve to unify the novel and these work around and through the stand alone stories very well. I would say that two things stood out in the anthology as whole: the 'event' itself and its consequences which gripped me from the outset and the little individual stories of people toiling against an unimaginable reality. 'World's Collider' brings an impressive array of authors together and the result is a series of stories which constantly surprise you in the range from Gothic horror to urban survivalist episodes to even fashion labels. It would be unfair of me to single out or rank the better stories as I think all work well together to immerse a reader into a single horrifying reality.
This novel builds up like a mosaic or a palimpsest and its sheer size and breadth really impressed me. If you are at all interested in horror or apocalyptic literature, then do yourself a favour and buy this. If nothing else it will introduce you to several authors to watch out for in the future!