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This was a pretty average short story about the end days of Earth as a asteroid hurtles towards the planet. Specifically it's about one young woman, Samantha, who instead of evacuating the planet with the last of the humans wants to remain to witness the end of Earth from a small sail boat in the Arctic Sea; until she befriends a man with a similar plan who makes her question her decision.
<i>“You have to hold just a few things dear, because that’s what love is. Particular. Specific.”</i>
The story touches on some pretty heavy topics. Love, grief, what it is to be alive... It makes you pause to think, but not enough to let you dwell on the lessons it's teaching properly. I guess you could say it suffers from being a short story. I would have liked more of everything despite it being well written and wrapped up rather neatly.
Quite an interesting concept behind this short story that challenges ideas about the value of life. Having read this a couple of weeks ago, the plot is still memorable to me (which suggests it was a good piece of writing) although I would have liked to have felt a deeper connection to the main character who wasn't quite as three-dimensional as I would have hoped her to be.
There were some thought-provoking observations about life made by Roth in this story which stopped me in my tracks and made me ponder on the significance of life. My main criticism is that, with such an interesting idea behind it, I wish the characters had been developed slightly more and the ending had been fleshed out more fully.
Not what I was expecting from Veronica Roth and I think some younger readers and/or Trish Prior fans may be disappointed. I suspect my action loving teenage boys might be particularly expecting something different. However, I loved the beautifully written pictorial descriptions. It kind of reminded me of the beautiful writing in Sheri Holman's Witches on the Road Tonight. That ultimately there's hope, regardless of what the future brings. Five stars from me.
I started with this book and although I gave it only a 3 it was still a good read. Because of the short length, it does make it trickier for the author to build the story up, but I still feel they did a good job with introducing us to the key characters and especially the main women who ultimately needs to decide whether she will stay on earth or leave with the rest of humanity. All in all, it was a decent way to start the collection.