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'Til The World Ends: Dawn of EdenThistle & ThorneSun Storm (edição: 2013)

de Julie Kagawa (Autor)

Séries: Blood of Eden (prequel)

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"Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa. Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden--as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems."-- P. [4] of cover. "Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre. After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside--in the Red Zone--is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside--for good."-- P. [4] of cover. "Sun Storm by Karen Duvall. Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms--in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends."-- P. [4] of cover.… (mais)
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Título:'Til The World Ends: Dawn of EdenThistle & ThorneSun Storm
Autores:Julie Kagawa (Autor)
Informação:Harlequin Luna (2013), Edition: Original, 368 pages
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★★★★☆ for Kagawa's Dawn of Eden only.


Well, that was unexpected. I thought this story would focus on the main characters of Kagawa's [b:The Immortal Rules|10215349|The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)|Julie Kagawa|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323357921s/10215349.jpg|15114912]. Instead, it's a different set of characters and their story of the beginning of the apocalypse.

I thought this was creepy as hell. Kagawa's "vamps" are not your everyday vamps. They're more like rage zombs and I LOVE rage zombs. (In film and on paper. -_- When the real zombie apocalypse happens, I want the zombs to be the slow, shuffle-y kind.)

The horror part of this short was on point. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me, is the romance. Oh authors, why oh why do you insist and stuffing romance into every single story you write? Had Kagawa focused solely on the horror in this one, it would have been a homerun. It's not that I didn't like the couple, it's just that the story wasn't long enough, in my opinion, to make the relationship believable. In a full-length book, it could have attained the level of poignancy Kagawa was obviously reaching for, but in a short, it fell just short.

Despite this, Dawn of Eden is a good story and a great intro to the series. As a matter of fact, I think it's a better story than [b:The Immortal Rules|10215349|The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)|Julie Kagawa|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323357921s/10215349.jpg|15114912], if only slightly.




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  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
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'Til the World Ends collects three dystopian/end-of-the-world scenarios, all in very different, yet sufficiently dark and terrible worlds. Here are my thoughts on the individual stories:

Dawn of Eden: This story tells the beginnings of the Red Lung disease that shapes the post-apocalyptic universe of The Immortal Rules. It's an engaging story -- I found myself staying up way later than usual to read it -- and very fast paced, as Kylie, a young doctor struggling to keep her patients and staff safe, faces down the newest horrific challenge associated with Red Lung. She's someone who is used to being tough and calling the shots in her clinic, so not being in control of what's happening is clearly rough on her. Even though things escalated quickly between Kylie and Ben, their relationship makes sense - it's kind of instalove, but I also feel like, hey, it's the end of the world, you find happiness where you can. (I was still annoyed at how quickly they went from annoyance to crushes to I-love-you-forever, but whatever.) Overall, "Dawn of Eden" is a strong story which ratchets up the fear and horror of the situation, gives backstory on the universe, and throws a few little tidbits out to astute readers to help connect the story to The Immortal Rules. This story will still work for people who haven't read the source novel, as enough details are explained that it should still make sense. Please note that even though The Immortal Rules is YA, this short story is not! Aside from lots of scary, graphic violence and cursing, there's a pretty descriptive sex scene, so be aware of that.

Thistle & Thorne: Shamefully, this is the first story I've read by Ann Aguirre, although her other novels have been on my TBR list for a while. After reading "Thistle & Thorne", however, I'll definitely be bumping her stuff up on the list! This story takes place in a world decimated by chemical spills and earthquakes, where the super-wealthy have walled themselves up in fortresses and left everyone else to suffer. Our main character is Mari Thistle, who is dealing with fallout from a theft gone wrong; she has to team up with Thorne, a local tough guy sort who has an agenda of his own. I loved Mari as a main character -- she is tough and resourceful and doesn't let her feelings or insecurities get in the way of getting the job done. She knows how to be just what Thorne needs so that they can work together and then get back to their own respective lives. I loved the world that Aguirre created and if she ever writes any more books about Mari or Thorne, or the Red Zone in general, I am so there! This story includes a lot of graphic violence (both real and threatened) and cursing, but no sexual content.

Sun Storm: I did not enjoy "Sun Storm" as much as I liked the other two stories. It started out promising but by the end, I was making Grumpy Cat faces. This story exists in a world where sun storms have destroyed much of the earth, and people get Sun Fever from exposure, which generally winds up in death, unless you're special for some unknown reason and thus wind up with super-powers. Our main character Sarah is one of the lucky ones who survived exposure and got some super-powers in exchange. I didn't like Sarah that much. Even though we're experiencing the story through her eyes, I still feel like we have a hard time getting in her head, especially as she changes her mind wildly from minute to minute.I also didn't buy her romance with Ian -- it had some aspects of "fated to be together" which always sort of annoys me, and then things just happen so fast, like maybe in a week or two tops. Again, I know it's the apocalypse, you take what you can get, but it still feels forced. Also, the ending was just such a quick fix that didn't seem to fit with the tone of the rest of the story. So this one wasn't my favorite, but I wouldn't mind checking out future stories from Karen Duvall, since maybe this one just wasn't my cup of tea. This story includes violence and a whole lot of making out. ( )
  goorgoahead | Dec 4, 2013 |
In this prequel novella to The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa takes us on a short journey. This is the story of Kylie and Ben. Kylie is a doctor, a survivor of Red Lung who is introduced to Ben, an IT tech who worked with his friend, Nathan, in the DC lab where the Rabids were created.
Kylie and Ben's story is a union of a sad circumstance, anger and devastation, and most of all- hope.
Oh, and there's also a glimpse to our favorite vampire and what made him resolved to make up for his grave mistake. ( )
  TheBookHammock | Sep 24, 2013 |
Til the World Ends is comprised of three short stories: Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa, Thistle and Thorne by Ann Aguire, and Sun Storm by Karen Duvall. All of the stories are apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic and feature some sort of romance.

In Julie Kagawa's Dawn of Eden, a disease threatens to wipe humans off the face of the planet. Red Lung is widespread and only a small percentage of people survive. After a mysterious man, Ben, and his friend show up at Kylie's clinic, a new symptom appears: bleeding from the eyes. Then the people who died get up again and savagely attack any human around them. These zombie-vampire hybrids are wild, insanely strong, and bloodthirsty.

The situation basically a zombie apocalypse situation except the zombie aren't around during the day. I liked this story, but it seemed a little run of the mill. The plot was very typical for a zombie situation with one slight difference. The romance is based on instalove (eyeroll) with one sex scene, which was unexpected since it's the prequel to Kagawa's teen series Blood Eden and it did seem a little out of place and out of character for Kylie. I think the characters make pretty stupid decisions and don't stand out much, simply being defined by their attraction to each other. The writing was engaging and really the only reason why I liked this story at all. Overall, it was an ok story with a lame romance and zombie-vampires.

My rating: 3/5 fishmuffins

Thistle and Thorne features a post-apocalytic world ravaged by pollution and chemical spills. The only law of the land is kill or be killed and the mob bosses have taken control of each city, ruling with fear and intimidation. The extremely rich get to live in protected communities, away from the harmful pollution. Everyone else, including Mari Thistle, gets to live in the Red Zone, scavenge for valuables, and protect what is theirs at all costs. Mari takes jobs as needed to provide for her little brother and sister. A heist goes wrong when she tries to steal a figurine from a rich community based on out of date plans. She goes into hiding to escape the mob boss Davros that hired her and teams up with Thorne, who works for the mob boss but is using Mari's situation to plan his downfall. Together, they hope to bring Davros' reign of terror to an end.

I loved this story the most out of all of them. There was a sense of companionship between Mari and Thorne and the story didn't focus too much on their romance. There is initial attraction and they get to know each other over time, but that's about the extent of it. Other events were much more important. These characters had the most development out of any of the other stories and the world was much more interesting. I found the structure of society fascinating and utterly believable if the pollution levels got that bad. I loved that Mari is tough, but has a soft spot for her siblings and will do anything to protect them. The storytelling was good and the pacing added tension and kept me interested. My only real complaint is that the ending feels too abrupt and I want to know what happens to the characters and that world after the ending. This is the only one I would have liked to see as a full length novel.

My rating: 5/5 fishmuffins

Sun Storm describes a world where sun storms cause radiation and either kill people or give them cool powers. Sarah Daggot has the power to predict the sun storms and chases them to warn the potential victims and to get power from the storms. She meets another Kinetic who can control the weather, but he's on the run from a rogue government agent set on caging and experimenting on Kinetics.

I did not like this story. I love a good sci-fi story, but emphasis on the science part. There was no real explanation for the sun storms or the radiation or anything else for that matter. I would have preferred a straight fantasy story with magic if there was going to be no effort to scientifically explain the extreme climate change. The love story was frustrating. One moment, Sarah doesn't trust the guy and then she does and then she doesn't. Ugh. The changes came out of nowhere and didn't really make sense to me. The developments and revelations were cheesy and unbelievable. The ending was too convenient. The characters didn't develop much and the villains were practically cardboard cutouts. I would not read another story by Karen Duvall.

My rating: 1/5 fishmuffins ( )
  titania86 | May 27, 2013 |
*I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

ARC received on November 30, 2012. This review was first posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews.

'Til The World Ends is an anthology written by two authors I adore, and one whose books I had never read before. All three stories are set in a dystopian world, and each has something very scary to be on the lookout for! All three also have some pretty cool female characters, as well as a well built world, some suspense and a wish for more! ( )
  Lexxie | Apr 23, 2013 |
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"Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa. Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden--as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems."-- P. [4] of cover. "Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre. After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside--in the Red Zone--is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside--for good."-- P. [4] of cover. "Sun Storm by Karen Duvall. Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms--in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends."-- P. [4] of cover.

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