Book Review: Grants Pass by Jennifer Brozek & Amanda Pillar

Grants Pass by Jennifer Brozek (Ed.)
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Morrigan Books

It's another apocalyptic anthology for me here and I quite enjoyed it. I came across this after having read The Book of the Unnamed Midwife and it sounded worth a read. As with all anthologies, some stories click more than others. I was already familiar with Seanan Maguire but the other authors here were new to me. My favourites:

Ascension by Martin Livings (probably my favourite of all because it deals with the fate of those on the ISS when everything on Earth fails)
Animal Husbandry by Seanan McGuire
The Chateau du Mons by Jennifer Brozek
The Few That are Good by Scott Almes
A Perfect Night to Watch Detroit Burn by Ed Greenwood
Final Edition by Jeff Parish
Newfound Gap Lee by Clarke Zumpe
By the Sea by Shannon Page
Remembrance by James M Sullivan (if you read through this wanting to know if people made it to Grants Pass, this is the one for you.)

After listing my favourites, it seems this picked up for me in the last half. Your results may vary. There were some very good passages I found worth highlight and I really liked the author's note at the end of each story that gave a bit more insight as to why they choose to write what they had. I'd hoped for more looks at people having successfully made the journey to Grants Pass but I also found myself very pleased with stories of those in such far-flung places they'd no hope of getting there but could take it as inspiration to do a similar thing where they were. I have more authors to keep on the lookout for and that's always a good thing.

I'd recommend this to fans of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction.

Summary: The apocalypse has arrived.
Humanity was decimated by bio-terrorism; three engineered plagues were let loose on the world. Barely anyone has survived.
Just a year before the collapse, Grants Pass, Oregon, USA, was publicly labelled as a place of sanctuary in a whimsical online, “what if” post. Now, it has become one of the last known refuges, and the hope, of mankind.
Would you go to Grants Pass based on the words of someone you’ve never met?

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