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Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork. No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advan Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork. No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems. In these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful. With tales of friendship and revenge, plus two new stories from the Carve the Mark universe, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always end with a better understanding of the beginning. With beautifully intricate black-and-white interior illustrations and a uniquely designed package, this is the perfect gift for book lovers.


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Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork. No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advan Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork. No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems. In these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful. With tales of friendship and revenge, plus two new stories from the Carve the Mark universe, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always end with a better understanding of the beginning. With beautifully intricate black-and-white interior illustrations and a uniquely designed package, this is the perfect gift for book lovers.

30 review for The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    i love how much this cover looks like it would be friends with one of Seanan McGuire's wayward children books...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    It is difficult to rate and review books of short stories as there are some I like more then others, but to rate them as a whole. I really enjoyed most of this book the first 4 stories I though were great. The dark scifi and characters looking to get through their lives was great. I would have been interested in any of these being expanded into series. The fifth story is set in the Carve the mark universe and has the back story story and a untold tale of a couple of the mai It is difficult to rate and review books of short stories as there are some I like more then others, but to rate them as a whole. I really enjoyed most of this book the first 4 stories I though were great. The dark scifi and characters looking to get through their lives was great. I would have been interested in any of these being expanded into series. The fifth story is set in the Carve the mark universe and has the back story story and a untold tale of a couple of the main characters. This is almost a story of two halves.the first part I though was great the second part was a bit slower and was just ok. The sixth story was also set in the Carve the mark universe but introduces a new character far away from the main characters. I though this was a bit of a downer to finish on. This story was slow to ok where as the others were good to great. Veronica Roth has a gift for writing dark/scifi stories with tourchered characters who I can help but root for. The art work in the book is awsome and complements the stories perfect. Having it in black and white is a perfect choice. The only weakness I can find is she is better at writing from the female characters point of view.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marnie Krüger

    I must say the illustrations in this anthology is superb! It gives the stories a little something extra. Inertia Inertia I'm carried in a straight line toward you A force I can't resist; don't want to resist Carried straight toward you I've forgotten how easy it is to fall into the worlds Roth creates. This short story just again prove why I fell in love with her writing. The concept in Inertia of being able to have a last visitation where you can share your greatest memories - is something so out of the box and different you can't help but like it. Combining this great, different idextra. I must say the illustrations in this anthology is superb! It gives the stories a little something extra. Inertia Inertia I'm carried in a straight line toward you A force I can't resist; don't want to resist Carried straight toward you I've forgotten how easy it is to fall into the worlds Roth creates. This short story just again prove why I fell in love with her writing. The concept in Inertia of being able to have a last visitation where you can share your greatest memories - is something so out of the box and different you can't help but like it. Combining this great, different idea with something so profound as depression and bringing fourth this short compelling story proves how talented Roth is. ------------------------------ The Spinners "That was where the Spinners had come in, because you didn't get to decide to be born, or when or how long you lived, or when you died. You had to leave that up to the women with the thread." No, thank you! I did not like anything about this story. I was even hard pressed to find an okay quote to represent it. 1. Aliens should be done extremely well for me to like it. 2. I did not connect to any character in this story 3. O, what story??? It felt more like a sequence in a greater story... I kept waiting... for anything... BUT alas, nothing came to help me like this one. ------------------------------ Hearken Everyone had a death song, no matter how young or healthy they were, and everyone had a life song, even when they were dying. Everyone was both dying and living at the same time. I didn’t want this one to end. This might not be the safest dystopian world to live in, but I want to live there anyway. With the condition that I must be a Hearken! I would read a novel about this world, heck I would read a series about it. I loved everything about it! ------------------------------ Vim and Vigor She brought it because she thought it might feel good to remember Amy. And terrible. She knew it would feel terrible to remember too, but sometimes good and terrible could coexist, right? The same way you could be happy and sad at the same time. This felt like bad fan-fic. Just some jumble of words. For which I didn’t care much. ------------------------------ Armored Ones I knew, then, that I could do what needed to be done. While I can't see a connection - other than the Kereseth character - between the first and second part of this story, I can say I enjoyed both. Specially the second part. I belive this is short stories base on Carve the Mark; which I have not read yet. But if this is anything to go on I really need to priorities them. ------------------------------ The Transformationist Everything is on a clock in this universe, everything must grow to adulthood. And reaching that point is no always pleasant. Gut-wrenchingly cruel. I would have like to see Otho get himself out of this through some good character building and not just fall in love. It was a short-cut I did not appreciate. ------------------------------

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denisa C

    Yes!!! I don't have to wait two years for new Veronica Roth material.

  5. 5 out of 5

    bookellenic

    Accurate rating: 3.5/5 This anthology of six short stories offers a brief insight into how personal relationships could turn into in a future not as far away as one might think. It also includes a couple of stories from the Carve the Mark duology, which I read this year. In general, it's safe to say that these stories are built on two main elements: the bonds between siblings and the influence of their parents on them, as well as romantic relationships. Inertia 3.5/5 The dyn Accurate rating: 3.5/5 This anthology of six short stories offers a brief insight into how personal relationships could turn into in a future not as far away as one might think. It also includes a couple of stories from the Carve the Mark duology, which I read this year. In general, it's safe to say that these stories are built on two main elements: the bonds between siblings and the influence of their parents on them, as well as romantic relationships. Inertia 3.5/5 The dynamics of her characters reminded me of Tris and Four from Divergent, also of Aristotle and Dante. Claire is dealing with mental health issues and self-harm, while Matt is overwhelmed with grief, both looking for a save haven in each other. Perhaps I would have appreciated the character growth on Claire's part a lot more, had it come from a place of personal development. Still, there is quite a strong message in this short story. The Spinners 2.5/5 Main themes: grief, sisterly bond, embracing diversity. Unfortunately, the whole story fell flat for me. I would have loved it if the story of the Spinners played a bigger role in the turn of events. Hearken 3.5/5 I loved the concept of music having such an empowering and catalistic role in people's lives. I felt like the ending could be a few pages longer; I think it lacked impact because of the abrupt wrap-up. Vim and Vigor 4/5 Fandoms, friendships, sudden loss, high school drama with a slight sci fi spin. I could predict how the story would go, but I enjoyed every minute I spent with it. The Armored Ones 4/5 We got a bit of backstory on Teka and Akos, I'm sure fans of Carve the Mark will appreciate this, as did I, but essentially it didn't assist in plot progress. More like an extra gift for the fans. The Transformationist 4.5/5 This story confused me the most. I knew it was set in the Carve the Mark universe, which is why I was looking for familiar faces at first. I actually started thinking that I was introduced to these characters, but forgot about it. I then realised that this was a completely separate story, which required some adjustment on my part. Nevertheless, I think this one had the most intriguing plot. The exploration of religions that are hinted at in the duology and the way the characters interacted was so interesting. I'm glad that this story was picked to conclude the anthology and, honestly, I could read more about Otho (the protagonist) and his experience with Tranformationists, which reminded me a lot of Abnegation in Divergent. Oh, and the love interest... so adorable and kind! Fans of Veronica Roth's writing and plotting would definitely enjoy this. She does not shy away nor sugarcoat reality and the fact that families are not perfect, even if they love one another. For someone who hasn't read any of her books yet, I reckon this anthology would be the perfect way to see how you like her storytelling and characters. Personally, I felt like Roth cannot escape from these ideas in her head about modern-day worlds with a hint of science fiction advancements. The tone was very similar to both of her previous series. The illustrations were such a nice touch and, although the ARC did not include all of them, I'm excited to see them on the finished product. *ARC provided by Edelweiss+ and Katherine Tegen Books in enchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Dering

    In this novel by Veronica Roth, it consists of six riveting short stories. Each story has its own unique and interesting plotline, setting, a different planet, and different universe. Many of the short stories contain betrayal, manipulation, vengeance, and broken aches. The characters have something very similar to all the others in the short stories. They all have difficult pasts and are desperately trying to escape from the inevitable until they realize too late, they can't outrun f In this novel by Veronica Roth, it consists of six riveting short stories. Each story has its own unique and interesting plotline, setting, a different planet, and different universe. Many of the short stories contain betrayal, manipulation, vengeance, and broken aches. The characters have something very similar to all the others in the short stories. They all have difficult pasts and are desperately trying to escape from the inevitable until they realize too late, they can't outrun fate. If you're looking for an interesting read with a new genre of writing, then this book should be on your order list. Amazing, riveting, unique, and innovative. I received an ARC for The End and Other Beginnings by Edelweiss for an exchange of an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy (libraryofamy)

    “But you didn’t need to stack the odds in your favor. Everything has always been carrying me toward you.” For my first ever short story collection, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six stories, each of them containing some type of sci-fi element, while the last two stories take place in the Carve the Mark universe. Just to note, I have not yet read the Carve the Mark books but I enjoyed the last two stories just fine, so you don’t need to read the duology to “But you didn’t need to stack the odds in your favor. Everything has always been carrying me toward you.” For my first ever short story collection, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six stories, each of them containing some type of sci-fi element, while the last two stories take place in the Carve the Mark universe. Just to note, I have not yet read the Carve the Mark books but I enjoyed the last two stories just fine, so you don’t need to read the duology to read these short stories. This collection tackles so many different topics: grief, love, mental illness, addiction, personal growth and reflection, family dynamics, pain... there were a lot of themes discussed and I thought they were all handled beautifully. I haven’t read any work by Roth since I read Insurgent in 2015, and though Divergent was a huge part of my life for awhile I forgot how talented of a writer Roth is. I know her Carve the Mark series is quite polarizing; and I’ve been afraid to read that duology because of negative reviews. But I really love Roth’s work, so I think I will continue trying her other projects. This collection was really well done and I can see myself rereading it in the future. So, overall, I loved this collection and the concepts it brought to the table. My only real gripe is that I wish there had been more expansion and more detail to each story, but I realize that defeats the purpose of the format. I also question whether it was the best choice to include two Carve the Mark stories, but we’ll talk about that in a second. Let’s first go through each story. 1. Inertia — 5 Stars This was, obviously, a really strong start. I think this was my favorite of the collection. I loved the characterizations, the plot, and the sci-fi concepts that we were given. The story was so touching and I really connected to the narrator. 2. The Spinners — 3 stars This was my least favorite story. It felt flimsy and a bit pointless. Just about everything about it needed more development, from the characters relationships to the background story to the plot itself. I wasn’t sure what we were meant to take away from this one, though the main takeaway was clear in the other five stories. This was just really meh. 3. Hearken — 3.5 Stars I enjoyed this. I thought the main concept was so cool! I did, however, find the ending to be a bit predictable and underwhelming. I was hoping for the story to go somewhere else, and when it went the more boring route I was a little disappointed. But I still enjoyed it and its overall message. 4. Vim and Vigor — 4 Stars. If any story in this collection needed more detail, it was this one. Yes, The Spinners could have used it, too, but I genuinely enjoyed this story and wanted more detail because I wanted more in general. This is one of the more wholesome stories, and I really appreciated its overall message. I found the main character to be very interesting, as were the characters dynamics. 5. The Armored Ones — 3.5 Stars Now... this one I’m a little unsure of as to why it was included in the collection. This was technically two narratives smushed together into one ‘story’—told from completely different POV’s and completely unrelated to each other. It seemed like Roth just had these nagging ideas that she couldn’t logically incorporate into the plot and/or narrative of the Carve the Mark duology and therefore put them in this collection. Though they were both interesting, I thought it made the collection feel a bit disjointed with their presence. 6. The Transformationist — 5 Stars Aaaaaand everything I just said about the inclusion of Carve the Mark stories has just gone out of the window. Though this story also takes place in that universe, it felt way more cohesive with the rest of the collection. It had the ‘real world’ feel that all the other stories had that The Armored Ones lacked. It had a clear concept and ultimate message, while The Armored Ones felt like a strange insert. I loved this story despite the fact that I have not read the duology. This felt like something that could stand on its own, like the other stories do, and it was great. It was a perfect way to end the collection. Now that I’ve read this, I want to try out more short story collections! I also kind of want to try writing my own, too. Not only did I enjoy this collection for general pleasure, but it’s also sparked a bit of creativity and inspiration. It seems like when I do read Roth’s work, it has that effect on me. I’ll take that as a sign to read Carve the Mark now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I enjoyed this short story collection so much that I might be ready to forgive Veronica for Allegiant . In seriousness, it was so entertaining, and really quite thought provoking. Sure, some of the stories I liked more than others, but they were all quality, all were so well-developed that it hardly felt like I was reading short stories at all. I fell so in love with one story in part You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I enjoyed this short story collection so much that I might be ready to forgive Veronica for Allegiant . In seriousness, it was so entertaining, and really quite thought provoking. Sure, some of the stories I liked more than others, but they were all quality, all were so well-developed that it hardly felt like I was reading short stories at all. I fell so in love with one story in particular (Inertia, which happened to be the first story), that I might have sobbed in a bubble bath. (Just kidding, I definitely sobbed during a bubble bath.) I tell you this because that is how powerful these stories felt. How did I care about these characters in such a short amount of time? That's pretty magical, frankly. And since a few stories are set in the world of  Carve the Mark , guess that means I am getting to that sooner than later too. Bottom Line: These stories will entertain, and make you feel. They're exciting, but they're also very human, reminding us of who we are regardless of where in the universe we end up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3.5 stars This whole book of short stories has a futuristic feel, sometimes a little dystopian and sometimes a little Sci-fi. One story I loved, some I liked and some I didn’t. What is special about this book of shorts is that it is illustrated. The illustrations are gorgeous, so much so that I bookmarked most of them so that I could go back and look at them again. They add a lot to the story and definitely help with visualisation. Here is a flavour of three of the stories. Inertia/> 3.5 stars This whole book of short stories has a futuristic feel, sometimes a little dystopian and sometimes a little Sci-fi. One story I loved, some I liked and some I didn’t. What is special about this book of shorts is that it is illustrated. The illustrations are gorgeous, so much so that I bookmarked most of them so that I could go back and look at them again. They add a lot to the story and definitely help with visualisation. Here is a flavour of three of the stories. Inertia was a story steeped in some mental health issues, grief, loss and things unsaid. This story gripped me immediately as two friends were confronted with mortality. It was both hopeless and hopeful. This story of firsts and friendships in a backdrop of futuristic death rituals was my favourite. The Spinners had a feel of the THE HOST but executing the world in a short story was a tall order. So this one crashed and burned a bit for me. I found it a little boring and I didn’t feel the connection between the siblings or other character. Harken was a super interesting concept but it felt a bit unfinished. I wanted to know so much more about the world, the bio bombs and the giftings. A longer story would have done this more justice. Overall this was a book that you could dip in and out of. Not all the stories appealed to me but they might to some. Considering how stunning the illustrations are in the ebook, I am only imagine how they will translate even better into a physical book. Thank you to Harper Collins for this early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    This collection of stories from the future was meh. After the first story Inertia, which really resonated with me, the rest just left me feeling nothing. Some of the premises were nice but once again I just don't feel like short stories are for me. I love stories on a much grander scale. After reading some of these I wanted more. Oh well, what can you do about it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    5 stars I am a bit of a Veronica Roth fangirl so when I saw this new book I got instantly excited and nervous. Would it be good as the divergent and carve the mark series? I can thankfully say that yes, it is. This book is made up of short stories, a few based in the Carve the Mark world, which I loved as I am always happy to learn more about my favourite worlds and characters and they did not let me down. I also adored all of the other short stories, which were all completely different to 5 stars I am a bit of a Veronica Roth fangirl so when I saw this new book I got instantly excited and nervous. Would it be good as the divergent and carve the mark series? I can thankfully say that yes, it is. This book is made up of short stories, a few based in the Carve the Mark world, which I loved as I am always happy to learn more about my favourite worlds and characters and they did not let me down. I also adored all of the other short stories, which were all completely different to the others! It was an absolute treat for me, I just wish I had read it as a physical book and not an e-book as it looks like the illustrations would be awesome. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jeffers

    I firstly want to say that I was a huge fan of the divergent series so I was very excited to be reading new Veronica Roth material 😁 I’m not generally a fan of short stories simply because I like immersing myself into the story and you can’t do that in just a few pages - series girl here! however I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection and didn’t feel “cheated” Each story Has it’s own unique setting and storyline with my favourite being Hearken. I would love to delve more in I firstly want to say that I was a huge fan of the divergent series so I was very excited to be reading new Veronica Roth material 😁 I’m not generally a fan of short stories simply because I like immersing myself into the story and you can’t do that in just a few pages - series girl here! however I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection and didn’t feel “cheated” Each story Has it’s own unique setting and storyline with my favourite being Hearken. I would love to delve more into that world! I also really liked the illustrations and found that they explained things within the story that I otherwise wouldn’t have fully imagined. * I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Marie

    4.75 CW: PTSD, Child Abuse, Depression, parental death

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandra "Jeanz"

    As I loved reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, I was immediately interested in reading this collection of short stories/novellas. I was also interested by the fact that some of the novellas are set in the same world as some of her other series too, in particular her “Carve The Mark” series which I have not read any of as yet. The cover is green and features what could be doors or frames on it. I don’t like the cover but at the same time I don’t hate it either. The cover would not make me pick it As I loved reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, I was immediately interested in reading this collection of short stories/novellas. I was also interested by the fact that some of the novellas are set in the same world as some of her other series too, in particular her “Carve The Mark” series which I have not read any of as yet. The cover is green and features what could be doors or frames on it. I don’t like the cover but at the same time I don’t hate it either. The cover would not make me pick it up from a book store shelf to learn more about the book. It would be the authors name that would make me take the book from a shelf to discover more about it. The theme/setting of the collection is the “future” so I thought futuristic maybe dystopian in genre, which is a genre I usually love. The book has six novellas and they each have their own individual titles, which are, Inertia, The Spinners, Hearken, Vim and Vigor, Armored Ones and The Transformationalist. I did discover that I had already read Hearken elsewhere though I cannot remember where and I still really enjoyed reading it again. I have decided to tell you about just a couple of the stories as I don’t want to reveal too much about the whole fantastic collection. Inertia is one of my favourite novellas from the collection. The main characters are Claire and Matthew, and it is set in a future that when you are on a life support machine, or dying you can have visitations with your loved ones where you can talk to each other in the dying persons consciousness. Most people stated those they wanted to have last visits with in their wills. It turns out that Matthew has requested Claire to be one of his last visits along with his mother. Claire goes first, though she is surprised about Matthews request as though they were good friends, well best friends but they had drifted apart more recently. Claire is very nervous as it is her first visitation with anyone so she is a little unsure how it all works and what to expect. When Claire gets to the hospital, she is seen by a Doctor Linda Albertson. Claire’s blood pressure and other vitals are checked to make sure she is fit and well enough, then the sympathetic and friendly Doctor hooks her up to the machine, electrodes are touched to her head and an IV needle. Dr Albertson explains the procedure explaining younger people seem to take to it much easier. Claire is having her visit first, then Matthews mother will have hers later but before Matthew undergoes a last surgical attempt to help him. Claire’s visit will be an hour, and she may have to explain how the visitation works to Matthew. They each get to choose and revisit the memories they shared together, to kind of relive them. The short story then has the pair reliving/reviewing their shared memories and remembering how much they cared for each other and how close they actually were. They seem to be able to get over whatever it was that came between them in real life. Within their memories everything makes more sense. As the visit comes to an end both are at peace with each other and Matthew says something important to Claire, something he said he had wanted to say to her before but was unsure. When the visit is over and Claire is brought back to reality, she realises she still has things she wished she had had the time to say to Matthew but now its over, or is it? Matthew has his visit with his mum then he goes for a last attempt at life surgery. I really loved this story and the elements within the world and would love more stories set around this technology and the world it exists in. Hearken was the other novella I also really loved and was fascinated with the world it was set in. Another futuristic world I would love to read much more from. As I said I have read this one before and though it is a rarity that I re-read anything, I re-read this one and still loved it as much. Being a Hearkener is very rare but it is discovered that the main character, Darya, in this book has the gift. She does not come from a well off or high-class family. She comes from a poor family, just getting by. Her mother is an alcoholic and has been since shortly after her second daughter Darya was born. Khali can remember their mother when she was alcohol free and happy and did things with her family, rather than the reclusive, numbed alcoholic she is now. Khali tries to explain this to Darya but Darya cannot remember her mother prior to being an alcoholic at all. The world they are living in is one that it is in the constant threat of terror attacks. The family have two masks, for to breath in the toxic fumes from the bombs the terrorists set off is a death sentence. It is Darya’s father that accompanies her to be tested to see if she can gain a place to be trained as a Hearkener. They do not have their masks, as, Khali and her mother need them to walk to school. There’s an incident on the way and Darya’s father escapes with her but has inhaled some of the toxic gas. They go home unable to travel on to the building the test is being held at. They will have to make another appointment. When they finally make it to the building the test is at a woman with the black markings of a Hearkener looks pitifully at Darya’s father. Later when he dies and when Darya is accepted to train as a Hearkener and learns more about it all she realises this woman could hear her father’s death song. Hearkeners have a choice they can choose red, then they will hear people’s life songs. Or they can choose black, which means they will hear people’s death songs. So, what with Darya choose? If her older sister Khali has anything to do with it, she will pick black. Khali wants to hear their mother’s death song and tries all ways to persuade Darya to decide on black. They argue with Darya saying she cannot promise anything and that once she has chosen, she cannot change her decision. Meaning if she chooses black to hear their mother’s death song, she will be a death song Hearkener for the rest of her life. Again, I really enjoyed this story and loved the characters. It would be great to read more set in this unique world setting too. I did enjoy the other novella’s too which consisted of The Spinners, Vim And Vigor, Armored Ones which is the novella set in the same world as the Carve The Mark series, and finally The Transformationalists. I think Vim and Vigor was quite different to the other books, it had a more realistic setting and was more about friendship and dreams for the future rather than being set in a more futuristic/dystopic setting of the other novella’s. On the whole I really enjoyed reading this collection of novella’s and it reminded me as to how much I had loved reading Divergent, also written by Veronica Roth. I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for any forthcoming title by Veronica Roth hoping she may release some full- length books based in the same worlds and setting as this novella, or even more novella collections to read. So, to sum up definitely well worth reading! Ooo I almost forgot there are some brilliant sketch illustrations too!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    3/6/19: Hm, interesting cover. Why does it look so much like the Wayward Children books? I haven't even read those yet... it was a shock to see Veronica Roth's name on this cover. Haven't gotten to Carve the Mark yet, but hey, it's Veronica Roth. (And did literally anyone read Carve the Mark? I swear, it's like it was never written - no one talked about it at all!) I loved Divergent; I'll read this. But I should probably get to the CtM duology first...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    I am not a fan of short stories. I don't like being teased by a little piece of text, and then not getting to know the characters further. But it is Veronica Roth, so I gave it a shot. And I am glad I did. "...each of these stories focuses on that pivotal moment when something ends--often painfully." The End and Other Beginnings has a lot of stories that deal with depression, child abuse, isolation, death, and overall love too. "But endings always create space for new beginnings. For transfor/>"But/>"...each I am not a fan of short stories. I don't like being teased by a little piece of text, and then not getting to know the characters further. But it is Veronica Roth, so I gave it a shot. And I am glad I did. "...each of these stories focuses on that pivotal moment when something ends--often painfully." The End and Other Beginnings has a lot of stories that deal with depression, child abuse, isolation, death, and overall love too. "But endings always create space for new beginnings. For transformation. For falling in love." Love between siblings (The Spinners), between ex-best friends (Inertia), between seeming strangers (The Transformationist).While a lot of the stories are very sad they also incorporate uplifting parts. Veronica Roth manages to capture your attention from the first sentence of each story, not wasting time and plunging you into the heart of the tale. Her writing make the stories super readable, and her exploration of fascinating futuristic gadgets and talents keep things interesting. A list of my most loved story to least loved: 1. Inertia, and Hearken-- These two stories compete for the number one spot, and I can't quite decide which is better. Inertia is just so beautifully written--at the end of her best friend's life, Claire must say one final goodbye. By joining her consciousness with that of her best friends they are able to talk one last time and come to terms with their feelings. It is painful, and beautiful, and it made me tear up terribly. While Hearken is just fascinating--Hearkens are people who are able to listen to other people's either life or death songs. In a post apocalyptic world, where people are determined to decimate humanity by way of bio weapons the Hearkens are a ray of sunshine and hope amongst the uglyness of every day life. The only thing that could have made that story better would have been to have an audio file of the songs written about in the story. 2. The Transformationist-Truly a sad story that deals with child abuse, and the complicated ties of family bonds. I believe this is one of the two stories which are set in the "Carve the Mark" world. Makes me want to read the novel. Otho, must deal with the consequences of being abused his entire life by his extremely strict mother. For being such a short story it is incredible how quickly Veronica Roth can make you fall in love with her characters. 3. Vim and Victor- another story that deals heavily with depression. A group of friends are traumatized when they lose one of their own, so much so that they start to drift apart, until their own common interest brings them back together and allows them to start to heal. 4. The Spinners- A story about two sisters seeking revenge for the death of their mother. The setting of this story is the highlight for me--a world where humans and aliens co-exist (a la futurama!). The "leeches" (an alien species which our protagonist hunts down as a career choice) remind me heavily of The Host by S Meyer. The characters are okay, though it does introduce a very hot/interesting male character who I wouldn't mind getting to know better... (love you EON!) 5. The Armored Ones-a two part story that felt like the sample chapter to a bigger tale. It is one of the two stories set in the Carve the Mark world, so maybe I should be getting to read that one book soon. A story about going through rites and coming out stronger and ready to bring change upon the world--revenge, loss, complicated villains and complicated heroes. Though one thing is for sure--this is very light sci-fi. It is more about how it feels and what it allows to explore than the technicality of sci-fi (you will find no explanations as to how any of these occurrences or gadgets came to be or are even possible). It is more of the line of thinking "do you want to hear the story or not?" I did want to hear the story, and I don't mind not having explanations to how everything works. That is not why I came to the party, I came to have my emotions punched in the gut by Veronica Roth. And she delivered.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I received an ARC of this book from the distributor, Epic Reads, at Yallwest 2019. The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six short stories by Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy and the Carve the Mark duology. The stories include "Inertia" which was previously published in a collection called Summer Days and Summer Nights, "The Spinners," "Hearken" which was previously published in the collection Shards and Ashes, "Vim and Vigor" previously published in a collecti I received an ARC of this book from the distributor, Epic Reads, at Yallwest 2019. The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six short stories by Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy and the Carve the Mark duology. The stories include "Inertia" which was previously published in a collection called Summer Days and Summer Nights, "The Spinners," "Hearken" which was previously published in the collection Shards and Ashes, "Vim and Vigor" previously published in a collection called Three Sides of a Heart, and two short stories which take place in the Carve the Mark universe: "Armored Ones" and "The Transformationist." As a fan of science fiction, YA literature, Veronica Roth as a writer, and a lover of Carve the Mark, I am excited to read this book and share a little bit about each short story, as well as giving each short story and individual rating. Also, this book has neat illustrations within each story, and each story is approximately 45 pages, give or take a few. "Inertia" Individual Rating: 4/5 In this story, technology allows people to share conciousnesses with those who are about to die. Claire's friend Matt, who she hasn't spoken to in a few months over a quarrel you learn about later in the story, was in a car accident and his loved ones are told he will most likely not make it. With the shared consciousness of last visits, Matt and Claire can show each other their favorite memories, or show memories from their perspective, clarifying feelings. Claire learns too late. that the one for her may have been in front of her all along. A somewhat sad story that explores the struggles of dealing with the loss of a parent as well as depression. These characters are still in high school, a world of struggles in of itself. There are a few hardy messages to take from this story, such as seeking forgiveness and repairing friendships before it's too let, telling someone how you feel, or learning to let go. There is also a hopeful side to this story, as indicated by the collection title: while some things end, others begin anew. Overall, a nice start to the collection with classroom potential. "The Spinners" Individual Rating: 4.5/5 This story is rather action-packed, with a slight hint of romance and familial ties. In this world, Earth shares its planet with a number of different types of extraterrestrial beings. Surprisingly, most of them aren't that bad, but there is a kind dubbed "leech," which takes over a human body (they can take over other beings too, but humans are easiest) and basically lives out the life of the host. Atleigh hunts these leeches. After the death of her father, she dedicates her life to hunting the leeches. Her mother is a leech hunter as well, and her sister, Lacey, attends a space academy. When their mother is found killed by a leech, Alteigh seeks justice, and Lacey tags along so they may pour the ashes of their mother into the sea. Atleigh's hunter buddy sure turns Lacey for a loop, though! I found this rather immersive. Yes, I asked questions like "How did all these aliens get to be on Earth and live so peacefully?" but it's the kind of story where you just have to roll with it. I like some of the different alien species that were described and how they have different jobs in the society. The leeches are not only described in detail, but also have an illustration, which is cool but not necessary with how easy it is to picture this alien and how it uses a host. There was the smallest aspect of romance that could have been a bit deeper, but the main focus of the story is the familial ties between father, mother, and two sisters as their lives are shaped around the events that happen to their family members. There is something to be said about sisterhood. Also, in relation to the title, which refers to the three fates of Greek mythology, the other premise of the story is that we don't control when or how we are born, or when we die. That is up to the Spinners, and how we use our time in between is up to us. "Hearken" Individual Rating: 4.5/5 Darya and Khali are sisters. Even though Khali is older and has been playing piano for a long time, Darya easily jumps in and corrects her. Dad suspects Darya might have perfect pitch, which makes her an excellent candidate to be a Hearkener. Hearkeners can hear people's life songs and death songs and are often asked by clients to record a loved one's life or death song. Life songs resonate louder closer to one's birth, as death songs resonate louder closer to one's death, meaning a death song Hearkener can tell if someone will die soon. Because death songs are often tied to, well, death, new Hearkeners are often more inclined to chose the color of life songs once they get their Hearkener implant. Darya goes to school to be a Hearkener, and when it's finally time for her to choose whether to hear someone's life song or death song, she ultimately chooses hearing death songs. Their mother is dying, but Darya's relationship with her mother isn't in the best place. Khali begs her sister to choose to be a Hearkener for death songs to record their mother's song, but that's not why Darya makes the choice she ultimately does. I really enjoyed the concept of this short story. I found it to be intriguing end well-written, and the end was likewise awe-inspiring. There is also the element of family relationships and dynamics that can be analyzed deeper in this story. It's pretty obvious how it relates to the title of the collection: everyone has a beginning and everyone has an end. Hearkeners can record songs that represent life or death. The connections between the two might not be as mysterious as one might think. "Vim and Vigor" Individual Rating: 4/5 Vim and Vigor are the names of two female superheroes from a female superhero franchise called the Protectors. Edie loves the Protectors and joins a club with three other like-minded girls, each taking on the guise of one of the four main Protectors. When one of their friends dies in an accident, the connection between the group begins to fizzle out, and their friendships remain unstable. After seeing the new movie together, Kate asks Lynn and Edie if they want to come over. Edie says sure without thinking, but Lynn declines. She can't back out now, but she knows being alone with Kate will be a bit awkward. Kate's parents are scientists and have made a device that can help people make the right decision in a given circumstance. While still a prototype, the device is intended for business owners as they need to make major choices for their companies. Edie begs to use the device, saying she has a very important choice to make and just can't decide. What she doesn't tell her friend is that it's which boy she should go to Prom with. The device shows possible scenarios and outcomes for each choice if it were made, but can only go off the knowledge that the person has of the subjects at hand. Of course, when Kate finds out the choice is over a boy, she's fuming, considering if anything happened to the machine, her parents would surely kill her. In the end, Edie learns what making the right choice truly means. This story deals with death and how people cope when accidents happen, especially to a young person who hasn't even graduated high school. It shows how the dynamics of friendship can change over time, and also how those friendships might just be able to start anew. "Armored Ones" Individual Rating: 4/5 A two-part short story within the universe of Carve the Mark. The first story is told in the perspective of  Teka, a girl who can basically hear technology as her currentgift and uses that to her advantage to be an engineer. Teka wants to kill Cyra Noavek. Ryzek, current Shotet leader and Cyra's older brother, had Teka's brother killed (using Crya's currentgift of pain) and her eye gouged out. Teka is set on revenge, but when the person who arrives to teach her how to kill Cyra is Cyra's old tutor, well, Teka isn't quite sure what to think. The second part of the story is told in Ako's perspective and it was the intriguing story of how he got his armor. It's a rite of passage for people of the Shotet to hunt and kill an Armored One, the fiercest beast on the planet. Akos is finally granted thise rite and is allowed one weapon. He chooses to make a poison for the creature. He finds that when he touches an Armored One, it is not filled with rage. Akos lacks current and can take it away with touch. Like Akos, the Armored One must fill with rage when it is surrounded by those full of the current. Akos leads the Armored One back to camp knowing full-well that if he removes his hand, it will erupt with rage and kill everyone. Depending on how the captain chooses to treat him will decide Ako's choice in this matter. Both of these were a really interesting addition to a few of the characters we know from Carve the Mark. If you haven't read Carve the Mark, these stories will definitely not have the same resonation as the other short stories and might not even make sense at some points. I loved these, though it did take me a while to remember who Teka is...^_^' Also, the artist rendition of an Armored One is TOTALLY a rip off of Ohmu from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind...They look like EXACTLY THE SAME CREATURE! "The Transformationist" Individual Rating: 3.5/5 Another story that takes place in the Carve the Mark universe, featuring a different planet that has many religious groups, including the Transformationists. Otho and his brother have been raised by this cult-like group, but it isn't until Otho learns of his currentgift and claims responsibility for his mother's death that he really thinks back on the twisted ways of the Transformationists. The way they develop experiences isn't the way he feels as right. In jail for the death of his mother, an unknown witness tells of what he saw the night Otho's mother died, shedding light on the truth of the event. By far my least favorite story. I had a hard time following what was happening and trying to connect with the main character. It was decently written and adds a bit to the Carve The Mark universe that we don't see in the books, though it wasn't enough for me to really care. I did want to know a bit more about Otho's currentgift too, but this story was rather vague.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samthefangirl

    I really loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Carve The Mark series so I was incredibly excited to see she had some new material being released in the form of an anthology. The End and Other Beginnings: Stories From The Future is a collection of six standalone novellas (with two stories from the Carve The Mark universe too) centring around themes of friendship, hope and revenge. I don’t usually read standalone novellas because I prefer a full story/novel but I did love the brief glimps I really loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Carve The Mark series so I was incredibly excited to see she had some new material being released in the form of an anthology. The End and Other Beginnings: Stories From The Future is a collection of six standalone novellas (with two stories from the Carve The Mark universe too) centring around themes of friendship, hope and revenge. I don’t usually read standalone novellas because I prefer a full story/novel but I did love the brief glimpses of the characters we met and their stories, no matter how brief. The thing I loved most about this book was the gorgeous illustrations throughout – it added to the story-telling and proved “a picture is worth a thousand words” true. Out of the six stories I felt that I connected to Inertia (the first story) the most because the ability to share precious moments and memories with a loved one before the passed on would be incredible, and who knows what the future holds – hope. I rate this book a solid four stars! Perfect for fans of Veronica Roth and new readers alike! Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending me this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    ♠️ TABI ♠️

    Shhh. I'm in the middle of some art." "Oh. Forgive me. I'm in the middle of recovering from some death." If this was just the first story alone, I would have given this 5 stars without hesitation because THAT STORY TOUCHED MY HEART IN SO MANY SMALL, POWERFUL WAYS OKAY??? It was absolutely amazing. The other stories though?? Eh. Like, some of them were halfway decent but it was like everything was focused on the first story, and then just like "oh yeah, and here's some other ideas I made into story format". Now I would have loved to s"oh Shhh. I'm in the middle of some art." "Oh. Forgive me. I'm in the middle of recovering from some death." If this was just the first story alone, I would have given this 5 stars without hesitation because THAT STORY TOUCHED MY HEART IN SO MANY SMALL, POWERFUL WAYS OKAY??? It was absolutely amazing. The other stories though?? Eh. Like, some of them were halfway decent but it was like everything was focused on the first story, and then just like "oh yeah, and here's some other ideas I made into story format". Now I would have loved to see some of these ideas expanded on into fuller, longer detail!! All the ideas in here were unique and interesting (okay well except the obvious Host-inspired aliens but hey I still enjoyed that) BUT they just weren't as powerful nor written as well as the first story. Also, all the teens in here were oddly goody-goody innocents?? Like, c'mon . . . I'm very much on the scale of ace but even I had dirty jokes and times of curiosity. To erase that from a story about teens is, like, erasing them as teenagers. It's a lengthy topic I could ramble on about, but I won't, however it was noticeable enough that confuse me a little about these Elsie Dinsmore style characters haha. And she also had soooo many opportunities for some diversity in here (okay there was racial diversity a bit) but didn't take it. And then the Carve the Mark stories at the end?? They felt awkward and maybe should have had their own collection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Scifi The Most Interesting: “Hearken” The Most Mashup: “The Spinners” The Least Satisfying: “Armored Ones” Bonus Factors: The Future, Illustrations? Break Glass In Case Of: Rothdom Read the full book report here.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amit Verma

    .This is short story collection by author Veronica Roth. There are six stories. In each story their is different setting and circumstances; near future, different planet and different universe. If you have not read Diveregent series or her other books, connecting to characters and places can be little difficult and also their names are tough to get familiar with. But emotions painted by author on its pages are easily identifiable and easy to connect with. . . .This is short story collection by author Veronica Roth. There are six stories. In each story their is different setting and circumstances; near future, different planet and different universe. If you have not read Diveregent series or her other books, connecting to characters and places can be little difficult and also their names are tough to get familiar with. But emotions painted by author on its pages are easily identifiable and easy to connect with. . . There is pain, betrayal, revenge and silent suffering. Characters are young minds who have troubled pasts and are trying to escape their inevitable and uncertain fate. . Each story has a different color but canvas of painful uncertainty is common. Inbetween there are saviours in the form of siblings, cousins snd friends. Extreme focus on feelings of characters at every moment of story is highlight of the book. I liked story most which is about the boy who is in rehabilitation centre and gets prison break. . . If I like to summarise it is not a simple read but new backgrounds and perspectives make the stories novel and Innovative; for anyone looking for new genre of writings. . Thanks edelweiss plus and publisher for review copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of short stories or novellas geared towards the YA reader. Each story contains much of the same 'misunderstood teenage angst/romance' that is prevalent throughout the Divergent and Carve the Mark series. Those looking for a non YA read should probably look elsewhere. That being said, each story is extremely well written and Roth does an excellent job of taking the reader on an emotional journey with each character she portrays. Story 1, Inertia, The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of short stories or novellas geared towards the YA reader. Each story contains much of the same 'misunderstood teenage angst/romance' that is prevalent throughout the Divergent and Carve the Mark series. Those looking for a non YA read should probably look elsewhere. That being said, each story is extremely well written and Roth does an excellent job of taking the reader on an emotional journey with each character she portrays. Story 1, Inertia, focuses on two friends who have had a falling out, but due to tragic circumstances end up undergoing a futuristic high tech procedure that allows them to share a single consciousness. The sci-fi tech is just a background as the story is more about the relationship, friendship, love, and struggles surrounding the two people sharing the consciousness. Story 2, Spinners, is a glimpse into a dystopian future in which multiple extra terrestrial species from all over the Galaxy live on Earth, and there is an ongoing war between humans and a parasitic type of life form called leaches. There is a decent amount of action, however the bonds developed by the characters and the character development in general seemed a bit rushed. Of all the stories, this is the one in which I felt least connected to the characters and least emotionally vested in the outcome. Stories 3 and 4, Hearken and Vim and Vigor both portray different types of advanced futuristic technology, but much like Inertia the technology is merely a background, and the stories focus more on human relationships and struggles than on technology. Hearken is about a daughter who has become estranged from her dying mother, and her struggle with a decision of whether or not to repair their relationship before it is too late. Vim and Vigor focuses on a group of friends who have drifted apart due to a tragedy that connects them, and the struggle and emotional turmoil involved when one of the friends tries to bring them all back together. In the last three stories we return to the universe of Carve the Mark! I'm a big fan of the two-novel series, so I really enjoyed these short stories, however if you haven't read Carve the Mark you probably won't get too much out of them (or out of my review of the stories). The Armored Ones is actually two separate stories. The first is about Teka trying to infiltrate the Noavek manor in an attempt to assassinate Cyra. The second is a story surrounding the creatures called the Armored Ones, which are supposedly the most dangerous animals on Thuvhe. The story goes into great detail about the creatures and Akos's interaction with them. I really enjoyed this story as this interaction was so central to Akos's character in Carve the mark. The Transformationist takes place in the same universe as Carve the Mark, but it is completely stand-alone, and not directly tied to any of the Characters in either Carve the Mark novel. It is about a boy who has been raised in a strict cult-like society, and his struggles after a terrible accident caused by his current gift. Overall I thought this story was just ok, it is well written but I didn't find the characters or the plot interesting enough to make me really care about the outcome. I rated The End and Other Beginnings five stars based on the quality of writing and the character development, which is especially well done in Inertia, Hearken, and Vim and Vigor. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader interested, entertained, and emotionally vested in the characters. While the stories from Carve the Mark would likely only be of value to those who have read the series, the other short stories alone are worth taking the time to read this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kit Walker

    Inertia - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Spinners - ⭐⭐⭐ Hearken - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Vim and Vigor - ⭐⭐⭐ Armored Ones - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Transformationist - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (view spoiler)[ As always Veronica Roth proves that she has lots of inspiring and thought-provoking stories to tell. The book consists of 6 futuristic stories which are set in different places. The Armored Ones takes places in Shotet "Carve the Mark" duology. Each of the story has unique set of characters that deal with vital mental health problems, great setting and intriguing plotline. The stor Inertia - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Spinners - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hearken - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vim and Vigor - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Armored Ones - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Transformationist - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (view spoiler)[ As always Veronica Roth proves that she has lots of inspiring and thought-provoking stories to tell. The book consists of 6 futuristic stories which are set in different places. The Armored Ones takes places in Shotet "Carve the Mark" duology. Each of the story has unique set of characters that deal with vital mental health problems, great setting and intriguing plotline. The stories tackle such things as child abuse, depression, parent death, bioterrorism, betrayal. The writting is what I fell in love with Veronica Roth in the first place is yet again brilliant, brief and accurate. After reading her books I immdeatly want to start writting something of mine. Just so inspiring. "We became protective at the first sign of grief, hunching in, shileding our most vulnerable parts." All in all, If you haven't read any of Veronica Roth's work you should definetly give it a try with this one. Some stories are told from first POV and some from third. I'm not that big of a fan of first POV, nevetheless I enjoyed those too. The book's not that long, it won't take ages to devour. "Life's something we already understand. Death is a mystery." (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica White

    When I heard Veronica Roth was writing a book of short stories based in the future, I knew I had to have it. But I didn't realize how much I was going to love it. Each story was so well written! I was enthralled by the first four stories and then felt kind of indifferent about the last two, which take place in Shotet territory (aka the same universe as Carve the Mark). Each story had darker undertones than I was expecting but they were fantastic nonetheless. The very first story in the book When I heard Veronica Roth was writing a book of short stories based in the future, I knew I had to have it. But I didn't realize how much I was going to love it. Each story was so well written! I was enthralled by the first four stories and then felt kind of indifferent about the last two, which take place in Shotet territory (aka the same universe as Carve the Mark). Each story had darker undertones than I was expecting but they were fantastic nonetheless. The very first story in the book "Inertia" was my favorite. It felt like the future, but was also heavily rooted in reality. It deals with pain, depression, love, and loss. Even though I was not a huge fan of the Shotet stories, "The Transformationists" was great. It leads a boy through what is essentially a detention center for a crime he didn't intend to commit (but ya know, currentgifts are tricky). Each story tackled a real topic with a futuristic twist and it worked incredibly well. The End and Other Beginnings is now not only one of my favorite Veronica Roth books, but also one of my favorite short stories collections as well. This review and reviews for the rest of her books can be found at A Reader's Diary!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nova Syzygy

    I’m not sure what to rate it, so I’ll go with four. I loved the illustrations. Personally, I think that the stories could have been longer, so that you could understand the meaning more. I think my favorite was The Spinners, because of how cool it was (and how cool Eon was, too), but it definitely should have been longer, because of how fast everything went by. Review to come later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    S Weir

    A really inventive and fun set of short stories. My favourites were Inertia, The Spinners and Vim and Vigor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Corkin

    So this is a book full of 6 short stories from an author I love. I have done this review different to my other short stories reviews, so you can get a better understanding of each of them. Plus my feelings feel like they have been on a right rollercoaster from the start to finish. I have also learnt from the first story not to read this at work because my god it is embarrassing crying in front of colleagues like a little girl. Inertia This is the first short story and it is about So this is a book full of 6 short stories from an author I love. I have done this review different to my other short stories reviews, so you can get a better understanding of each of them. Plus my feelings feel like they have been on a right rollercoaster from the start to finish. I have also learnt from the first story not to read this at work because my god it is embarrassing crying in front of colleagues like a little girl. Inertia This is the first short story and it is about this boy who has been in a car crash and has to undergo major surgery. There is a 1 in 10 chance of surviving. But because this book is set in the future it is not so simple. So he gets to choose 2 people as his visitors so they can share some memories with him before the surgery as a sort of good bye. The events mentioned are only between him and the girl he loves which is really cute but I’d have also loved to know about the memories he had with his mam too. Eventhough it was such a short story the characters did develop and I felt a connection to them and that’s possibly why I balled my eyes out. Within this story there are trigger warnings of self harm, depression, grief and death. The spinners This is a story about 2 sisters who have just lost their mam. One of the sisters is a leech hunter. Basically there are different species and they take over the human body. These species then put on a digital skin which has its flaws but it hides them from the real world. The sisters love each other quite a lot, you can tell this throughout the book. But you can tell they have different personalities and priorities when it comes to their lives. The story was pretty good but I didn’t actually enjoy it as much as the first which is a shame really because that one got my hopes up instantly. There is a trigger warning of grief, death, and violence. Hearken I much preferred this story than the last one. So basically it’s about this one family there are 2 sisters, a alcoholic mam and a dad. They are in a world where bio bombs are set off frequently so they have to go around with masks on to protect themselves. One of the sisters has perfect pitch so her dad signs her up to take the hearken tests. A hearken is a person who gets this implant so they can hear the music a person creates. There are life songs and there are death songs. This is such a sweet story to be honest and it is really meaningful. It really made me look at the world differently, so I will try and make the most of my life from now on. Basically in the story it says everyone is dying and they each have 2 songs but when they are dying that song is the loudest and when a person has just been born that’s when the life song is loudest. Within this story there is a lot about a sisterly bond, but it is also a lot about doing stuff that makes you happy and not just to please others, it is your life to love and live and you should enjoy and make the most of it. There is also a slight hint of romance too, between two of the characters at the hearken school. I really wish there was more on this book, I feel I’d fall in love with it evenmore. There is trigger warnings of death, grief and alcoholism. Vim and Vigor I didn’t really enjoy this story as much as others but I suppose that’s expected, as you don’t like every short story you read especially when they are different backgrounds and stuff. So in this story it is about a group of friends they call themselves nicknames after superheroines. They lose one of the members from a car crash. The story is explained so don’t worry. Since the car crash they lost contact with each other and have got on with their lives until prom occurs. This is when things change for them and they start to contact each other. So the main reason I don’t like this book is because it’s quite high school like and it gives me two can keep a secret vibes. I do like that the friendship between them all has come back together though. Also it gives you life lessons again about not putting your life with one person and to keep several friends. As well as having friends that like you for who you are not having to pretend to be something you are not. This story has trigger warnings of death and grief. Armored ones This is a story which consists of two chapters. These are exclusive content following on from fates divided. It follows two of the characters Teka and Akos and the lives they are now living. I don’t want to go into too much detail about these chapters just in case anyone has not read the duology. I feel that the characters in these stories have developed a lot since the book, and one thing that really upsets me is the betrayal Teka experiences, he puts all his trust in this one person and it’s threw back into his face. I also loved that Akos is now standing up for himself and making his own threats to get what he wants in this life now. Each of these extra insights is pretty cool and I’m so pleased that they were included. This story has trigger warnings of death and violence. The transformationist I’m not 100% if this is another story from fates divided. It feels like it is but I can’t be certain because I can’t remember all of the characters names. This story is based on another planet and there are different religions. These religions have different beliefs and traditions that they follow. Some of these traditions are quite extreme in my opinion especially when they are transferring from a child to an adult. The friendship between the two main characters is quite strong and at the end it does develop into a relationship. That is a spoiler to an extent but I’ve not said how it happens. The story overall seemed quite good but not something I would have personally chose to read if it was an actual book. So I’m pleased if it is part of extended chapters if it is following on from fates divided. There isn’t really any trigger warnings apart from grief and death. There is Gay relationships but that is just a theme and there isn’t really any content to it apart from a kiss.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kat (Why Read)

    I loved Veronica Roth's previous novels and I am hoping this title is just as lovable. I was excited to receive this ARC from the publisher. Intriguing & Otherworldly! Just a taste of more imaginative worlds sure to tickle your curiosity and make you beg for a full novel!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    It’s hard to rate a book of short stories because i drastically enjoyed some more than others. Some stories were a definite 4, if I was rating them individually, while a couple were more like 3, and the last one was a definite 2. So here it goes: Inertia - This story was really sad and sweet. It sucked me into the characters’ lives right away. I find it really impressive to give so little information in such a short story but have you caring so much about the characters. The technology was really cool It’s hard to rate a book of short stories because i drastically enjoyed some more than others. Some stories were a definite 4, if I was rating them individually, while a couple were more like 3, and the last one was a definite 2. So here it goes: Inertia - This story was really sad and sweet. It sucked me into the characters’ lives right away. I find it really impressive to give so little information in such a short story but have you caring so much about the characters. The technology was really cool as well. This one would be 4 stars. The Spinners - So the concept of this one is nothing new. It reminded me of the yeerks in the Animorphs series or the aliens in The Host. The story was just ok. I didn’t connect to the characters as much as the first one and kinda felt like the story was pointless, although the world was interesting. It’s weird to say about a story I didn’t enjoy as much, but this might be better expanded into a full story instead of just a meaningless snippet. Which I guess is exactly what The Host is. I also didn’t really get how the title connected to the actual story. This one is 3 stars. Hearken - This was a REALLY cool concept and world. It was very metaphorical and kind of beautiful. I didn’t realize I could be touched so much by reading about music without actually hearing it. I would definitely like to know more about this world. This one may have been my favorite. Toss up between this one and Inertia. Vim and Vigor - This one had a lot of elements to it, like a real fleshed out story. There was a ton of backstory despite the short length and I definitely cared about these characters. I didn’t actually care as much about the superheroes, which was half of the point of the story, but I did care about the which prom date to pick part of the story, which was totally not the point. I get the choice Edie made, and the meaning behind it, although the other options presented were really cool. The overall concept of this story was really well done and makes you think. Armored Ones - This was actually two separate stories in one, both set in the world of Carve the Mark, a series I liked but didn’t love. I could barely remember anything that happened in the series so I went read a summary before I read these stories and that helped. So Teka’s story is just the same thing that happened in Carve the Mark from the perspective of a minor character. From what I can remember it didn’t really add anything to the overall story that we didn’t know before. So I felt like it was just ok. Probably 3 stars. Strange that I cared more about random characters with no context in the previous stories than characters from a full length, long series I’d already read. I liked Akos’ story a lot more because it did tell the full story of something only hinted at in the main books. So I’d give this one 4 stars. It really is a cool, well-imagined world and the characters are good, so I liked revisiting it. The Transformationalists - By far my least favorite. It was interesting how what happened is slowly revealed. And I was interested in Otho and his mother and their weird religion and what led him to be in prison. If that was all there was to this story I would have liked it. But because the love interest with Jove was thrown in, totally randomly and unnecessarily to me, it only earns 2 stars from me. So overall I’m glad I read this book. And I guess averaging out all my ratings brings it to somewhere around a 3.5. I feel like Veronica Roth is almost a great author but always falls a bit short of greatness. But I‘ll continue to check out the things she writes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lucsbooks

    You know the author is good when starting their newest book makes you tremble in fear. The only thing I did not like in this book was the illustrations that did not seem to go with the futuristic theme of the book but there is a chance that the images I had access to were not the final version yet. Most of the stories are female-led and let me tell you how amazing it was to read about such a diverse group of women, some busy saving the world, others just saving a friendship but all being unapolo You know the author is good when starting their newest book makes you tremble in fear. The only thing I did not like in this book was the illustrations that did not seem to go with the futuristic theme of the book but there is a chance that the images I had access to were not the final version yet. Most of the stories are female-led and let me tell you how amazing it was to read about such a diverse group of women, some busy saving the world, others just saving a friendship but all being unapologetic in their womanhood. I also liked that the characters wielding a gun were not written as superior to the ones that liked makeup or worried about a boy and that none of them were just one-sided but a multitude of likes and dislikes that formed a person. All the short stories are connected by a common theme but they could not be more different from each other. Inertia This short story reminded me of a bit of Van Gogh in how artistic types often struggle with their mental health and the fear that the cure will make away with what makes them who they are. This was the perfect short story to start this book with because it bludgeons every defense you have into smithereens and leaves you to deal with the aftermath. Not only that, there were several turns of phrases that forced me to stop and appreciate the writing. I also loved Claire and was rooting for her since the beginning. (Funnily enough, and maybe because I’m rereading them, this reminded me of Twilight.) The Spinners This one was a more forgettable read despite being one of the more attention-grabbing stories. I like the overall themes of family, grief and growing up and the male love interest was lovely and just interesting enough not to obfuscate the main characters. The Leeches reminded me of the souls in The Host by Stephenie Meyer, only evil. Last Stephenie Meyer comparison, promise. Hearken This was my favorite original world (I’m not counting the ones that appeared in other series) even though it is set on Earth. This short story felt the closest to reality, reminding me of the terrorist attacks in Europe throughout the last couple of years. The main character being Indian-American is also pretty cool. Reading this left the same feeling behind as watching an episode of Philip K. Dicks Electric Dreams. When Darya speaks about how music makes her feel all I can listen is the show’s soundtrack and when she describes the Hearkners and how they obliged to identify themselves by pulling the hair out of their faces I thought of “The Hood Maker”. I only wish we had gotten more background into them and that ending will be gnawing at the back of my mind for a long time... I enjoyed the overall themes of forgiveness, alcoholism, and sisterhood and I loved how insightful Darya was when it came to her own feelings. Vim and Vigor This reminded me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell in how Edie is in fandom and has to live with anxiety. This is perhaps the most normal of the stories and my absolute favorite. It focuses a lot on grief, female friendships and growing out of things and people and the feelings that come with it. Veronica’s writing was at it’s best for me here but what truly made me love this story was that Edie was a feminine girl that loved clothes and makeup and neuroscience because you don’t have to freak choose!! The next two short stories are part of the Carve the Mark universe which I did not read. I did try to start but Veronica Roth’s books are not the kind you can read in a rush so I decided to wait until I have the time to have my heart broken-. I have been here before. I know how she rolls. Although it would be better if you knew the characters you can still enjoy these stories without the main series. Armored Ones The first part of this short story focuses on Teka and her quest for vengeance. I liked Teka and her description as well as her rage-fuelled thoughts but it was Cyra’s appearances that I loved the best. The second part focuses on Akos but I cared very little for him and a lot more for all the LGBTQ rep in this!!! The transformationist This beginning... I loved Zoldan and its inhabitants but it was too short for me although this being in the CtM universe gives me hope that I will see Otho again and more becomes clear. But talk about gay feels in this one... All these stories are bound by a common theme and how it manifested in such a different way. The female majority and diversity were unexpected but an absolute win for me as well. Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for this DRC. 8/10

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