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by Carrie Ryan

eBook Defy the Dark download ISBN: 006212353X
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: HarperTeen (June 18, 2013)
Language: English
Pages: 496
ePub: 1570 kb
Fb2: 1896 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction

Loved this, love zombies, love everything Carrie Ryan writes, basically

Loved this, love zombies, love everything Carrie Ryan writes, basically. I've read several short stories that are set in the time period before the events of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and I feel like I could happily read dozens more. This setting just doesn't seem to get old for me.

Since my very first library card, I’ve loved nothing more than books. Through them, a kid who lived in government housing could also live in a windswept house by the sea (thanks, Lois Duncan!), in a secret-filled hacienda (thank you, Isabel Allende!), and even in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (love to you always, E. L. Konigsburg!).

The man who had the babies? He said the trolley took him to the dark side of the moon, only it wasn’t dark at all, but filled with a light so pure and holy that he couldn’t stop smiling. The things he gave birth to, though, were neither pure nor holy. Cado saw it then, the gulf between them-he never had before. He stared at her the way she’d stared at his daylilies: like she was an alien. When you shine a light into the dark places, Patricia continued, you see the world as it really is.

The seventeen original stories in Defy the Dark, an eerie, mind-bending YA anthology, could only take place in darkness. Open the pages and discover: A creepy guy who stares too long. The secrets of the core of the earth. Dreams of other people’s lives. A girl who goes mad in the darkness. A generational spaceship where night doesn’t exist.

Defy the Dark Anthology. To you, my dear friend: Since my very first library card, I’ve loved nothing more than books. Sleepstalk - Courtney Summers. Nature - Aprilynne Pike. The Dark Side of the Moon - Dia Reeves. Ghost Town - Malinda Lo. Eyes in the Dark - Rachel Hawkins. Stillwater - Valerie Kemp. I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon - Sarah Rees Brennan.

Part of the Across the Universe Series).

Authors: Courtney Summers, Aprilynne Pike, Dia Reeves, Malinda Lo, Rachel Hawkins, Valerie Kemp, Sarah Brennan, Beth Revis, Kate Espey, Carrie Ryan, Jon Skovron, Myra McEntire, Christine Johnson, Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Ockler, Jackson Pearce, Tessa Gratton. Publisher: HarperCollins, 2013. Coming Summer 2013 from HarperTeen! It features 16 stories by and bestselling YA authors as they explore things that can only happen.

Defy the Dark - Saundra Mitchell. Since my very first library card, I’ve loved nothing more than books.

Books by Carrie Ryan: What Once We Feared.

10 9. Books by Carrie Ryan: What Once We Feared. 9, 10. The Dead-Tossed Waves. 10. The Dark And Hollow Places. Divide And Conquer.

The seventeen original stories in Defy the Dark, an eerie, mind-bending YA anthology, could only take place in darkness. Open the pages and discover: A creepy guy who stares too long. The secrets of the core of the earth. Dreams of other people’s lives. A girl who goes mad in the darkness. Monsters in Bavaria. A generational spaceship where night doesn’t exist. And other mysteries and oddities. The contributors to the enthralling collection are: Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Rachel Hawkins, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Ockler, Jackson Pearce, Aprilynne Pike, Dia Reeves, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Jon Skovron, Courtney Summers, and Kate Espy, winner of the Defy the Dark new author contest.

Comments: (7)
Three stars for the stories I loved. I tried, but I couldn’t rate it any higher. In order of appearance:

Sleepstalk (Courtney Summer) – Contemporary
– I found the narration a little strange, but once I got into it, I really liked it. The point of view character was very disturbed in a very good way, and the author managed to keep her motives hidden until the very end. ????

Nature (Aprilynne Pike) – Science Fiction/Dystopian
– This isn’t something I would read in novel form, so I was surprised by how much I liked it. I was grounded in the story right away. The plot was really low key and sweet, but I surprisingly didn’t roll my eyes at it.

The Dark Side of the Moon (Dia Reeves) – Um…I think it’s Science Fiction with a touch of Horror
– Totally not the last thing you want to read before going to bed! It was quite creepy. I’m not entirely sure about the genre because it starts off normal enough and then gets really weird, then really creepy, then really otherworldly. But I had a good time reading it.

Ghost Town (Malindo Lo) – Paranormal?
– I didn’t like this very much as I was reading it. The story starts with the ending and then backtracks and explains everything. That in itself is fine, but the first section was too inconsistent to be enjoyable. She was trying too hard, and what little paranormal elements there were felt contrived and came too late.

Eyes in the Dark (Rachel Hawkins) – Contemporary Horror
– This was SO good! Omg! The kind of story I wished I was reading in the dark and ESPECIALLY in the woods before a dying campfire. ^_^ This is exactly the kind of story I was hoping for in this anthology! Tension? Check. Awesomeness? Check. Creepy? Heck Yes! I LOVE Rachel’s writing!! Like so much.

Still Water (Valerie Kemp) – Contemporary with a Supernatural Element
– AH, this was so good, too!! Great concept. Likeable main character. Not creepy at all, but very good. It would make a great novel – I would love to read more! This and “Eyes in the Dark” are my favorites!

I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon (Sarah Rees Brennan) – Paranormal
– I just didn’t like this. There was some cliche vampire and werewolf stuff with an MC who was 16 but felt 25 and had the worst name for a teenager ever. It felt very chunky and very long. Made worse by awkward writing, pointless and underdeveloped side characters, lots of big words smattered across the page for no reason, and awkward descriptive passages.

Night Swimming (Beth Revis) – Science Fiction
– I hate not knowing anything about the point of view character. We don’t even get a name, which is very annoying and distracting. I also hated the faux swear words. I don’t care if it’s sci-fi – it was juvenile. Furthermore, I didn’t know what was going on, so I couldn’t care. It just felt way underdeveloped and like it focused on all the wrong things.

The Sunflower Murders (Kate Espey) – Contemporary
– Just when I think I found my least favorite story in the anthology I read this one. This is where the YA voice was starting to get on my nerves. Like, I could not even deal with another stupid-ass, crabby-ass teenager lusting after some other stupid-ass, pointless-ass teenager. It grated on my nerves really bad. And this was really short. Nothing happened. It’s just the main character whining the whole time about what happened some indeterminable amount of time ago. No thanks.

Almost Normal (Carrie Ryan) – Apocalyptic/Sci-fi
– This probably isn’t too fair to the author, but I freaking hate zombies. Like, ugh, zombies. But more than that, I hate hormonal teen crap. There is a time for that, and times when it doesn’t bother me at all, but in this story, it was irritating and nauseating. I didn’t even want to read this. That said, it was really well written, and I probably would have liked it if the zombies were replaced by literally anything else. Totally biased.

There’s Nowhere Else (Jon Skovron) – Contemporary Fantasy
– I wasn’t crazy about the style of this. The guy journaled and recounted what happened since the last time he journaled. It was interesting…until it got super, duper weird. And I mean SUPER. With a mega weird ending that left me not knowing what to think about it at all. Plus, the mom in the story was very unlikeable and strange.

Naughty or Nice (Myra McEntire) – Paranormal
– This was fun. An interesting take on the old Krampus tale. Great descriptions. It wasn’t very realistic – not just the plot, it was also some of the dialogue and character actions – but that’s okay. Fun is fun.

Shadowed (Christine Johnson) – Historical/Paranormal (Medieval)
– Ugh! This was such a great premise! It was so unique and terrifying. And then the story just ended, and I was sad to find myself a little confused and very unhappy. The set up had so much potential. It’s endings like this that make me hate short stories. If it was longer, it would have been incredible.

Now Bid Time Return (Saundra Mitchell – Editor of the Anthology) – Paranormal?/Sci-Fi?
– (sigh) This story didn’t make any sense to me. I hated how I had to suffer through endless details of EVERY BORING BLASTED INCH of what some random dude looked like, who I couldn’t care about, because he was only in two SHORT scenes. I hated the ending. And by this point in the anthology, I’m not only tired of boring-azz love interests, I’m tired as hell of unresolved endings. Just because you only have a few pages, doesn’t mean you can’t resolve the story. This was super long, in a bad way, and a very poor use of space. And really, does NO ONE on earth know how to write a YA without a damn love interest in it?

The Moth and the Spider (Sarah Ockler) – Contemporary
– I didn’t go into this with an open mind. But right after I pleaded for story without a love interest, this was delivered into my hands. It was very low-key and solemn and a little off-beat. It took me a few pages to start liking it, but I liked it by the end, mostly because it was free of hormonal angst, because it wasn’t actually all that great.

Where the Light Is (Jackson Pearce) – Paranormal-ish
– This got off to a very boring, tell-y, and pretentious start. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but it was interesting. Too sappy for my taste, but well done if you like sweet, hopeful stories with weird faery creatures in them.

This Was Ophelia (Tessa Gratton) – Historical
– Okay, best opening line to a story! And then…well, honestly, at this point, I just wanted to be done reading this anthology. I don’t like more than half of the stories, and I didn’t like this twist on Hamlet. I was disappointed to discover she wasn’t actually mad. REALLY disappointed. She was only considered mad because she was rejecting the societal norms of the 1920s. I get it. I appreciate that the girl wanted to be different, but something about it just didn’t gel. I wasn’t buying it. But at least the ending was resolved.
I was a big fan of this collection of short stories. There were several "new to me" authors whose other work I'm now determined to track down. In the interest of not spoiling any of stories, I'm not going to provide summaries of each one, just my own overall impressions.

Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers

This was seriously creepy and a great start to an anthology about darkness. I love everything Courtney Summers writes, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this.

Nature by Aprilynne Pike

This was my first experience with Aprilynne Pike, and I loved it. I desperately wish she would turn this short story into a full length novel. I loved the dystopian concept and I was so bummed when this story ended. (This is my only complaint with short stories... when I find one I really love, I always wish for it to be developed into a full novel and sadly, that never seems to happen. Sadface.)

The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves

This story was so, so weird, and I started out having a hard time connecting to it because of that weirdness. By the end of the story I found myself disappointed that it was over, so I guess the weirdness won me over! Days after reading, I was still thinking about this story - definitely a good sign. I was intrigued by the idea of this Texas town with kind of tears in reality where darkness could slip through. Chilling.

Ghost Town by Malinda Lo

This was great. I liked the backwards timeline, I loved that it was about a haunted house, and I liked the inclusion of a lesbian as the main character. Everything moved really quickly; it was very plot-driven.

Eyes in the Dark by Rachel Hawkins

This one was kind of your basic teen slasher flick with a twist... but I enjoyed it, and it definitely gave me a building feeling of dread as I was reading it. It ended before *I* wanted it to, but that worked for the story so I'm okay with it.

Stillwater by Valerie Kemp

This might have been my favorite story in the collection. I really, really wish this was a full novel. I had so many questions when it ended and I think there's more than enough material here for a full length novel. I need to know what happens to Delilah and Pruitt! I want to meet Matt! Augh, don't leave me hanging!

I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan

For me, this one was a good read, if not super original. That said, I know a lot of people are kind of "over" vampires and werewolves, but there were a few aspects of this story that I thought were different and nicely done. I liked the shy, nerdy vampire and his "unsexy" age (62). I liked the way the romantic relationship developed over time, too.

Night Swimming by Beth Revis

This was a great story, and I liked seeing another little slice of the Across the Universe series. That said, I would kind of like to see Beth Revis write something completely apart from that series.

The Sunflower Murders by Kate Espey

I didn't love this one, but I feel sort of weird saying that because I did love its potential, I just feel like it ended way too quickly. What I read felt like the beginning of a really compelling novel, but I didn't feel like it really worked on its own as a short story. It's frustrating, because I feel like it could be great if fleshed out into a full length novel, and I wish that would happen.

Almost Normal by Carrie Ryan

Loved this, love zombies, love everything Carrie Ryan writes, basically. I've read several short stories that are set in the time period before the events of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and I feel like I could happily read dozens more. This setting just doesn't seem to get old for me. I;m always so bummed when one of her short stories is over. Moar please!!

There's Nowhere Else by Jon Skovron

This story frustated me because I liked it a lot in the beginning, but toward the end it abruptly got kind of cheesey and I wasn't as into it. It also ended sort of abruptly and way before I wanted it to, which was disappointing.

Naughty or Nice by Myra McEntire

I completely adored this story. I need more Krampus stories!! This was the perfect mix of creepiness, romance and thrill. I loved the foreign setting and the foreign holiday and the best friends doing the awkward "is this something more or isn't it" dance with each other. I pretty much loved every word of this one. Please tell me she has written dozens of books for me to obsessively devour.

Shadowed by Christine Johnson

I enjoyed this story, but I didn't feel like it totally "fit" within this anthology, really only because it was the only midieval setting and that felt a bit jarring. (To be fair though, the author took a really creative angle on the "darkness" theme.) Without getting specific, there was one moment when this story made me want to throw this book violently across the room, but on further reflection that ended up being my favorite element of the story!

Now Bid Time Return by Saundra Mitchell

I loved this story, and I was sad when it ended. It was super creative, and again, the foreign setting really added to the mood and the creepiness. I sometimes struggle with insomnia, and it was kind of cool to see a protagonist with this issue. I haven't read many time travel stories before, but this story made me think that might need to change.

The Moth and the Spider by Sarah Ockler

I go back and forth on this one, which I guess ultimately means I didn't love it. I liked it at first, and I was into the topic of suicide being included in an anthology about darkness. I think my biggest issue with this one was that I didn't really "get" how the phone calls played into the rest of the story, and why or even if they contributed to how the story ended. Not bad, but not a favorite.

Where the Light Is by Jackson Pearce

This one was great. I totally did not expect to love a story about a coal miner, but it snuck up on me and ended up being one of the highlights of the anthology. I've never read anything about the type of fae featured in this story, but it was very compelling. Lots of great imagery in this one.

This Was Ophelia by Tessa Gratton

I have a soft spot for Ophelia, always have, and I've read and loved Tessa Gratton's stories before, so I went into this story expecting to love it. I wasn't disappointed, this was great. I loved Gratton's portrayal of Ophelia, and the chosen setting was perfect for the story. Much love to this one.

Overall I would rate this collection a solid 4 stars. There were some pieces that I adored, quite a few that were solidly good, and not a single one that I disliked outright. Win!

View my full review on my book review blog:
I bought it as a gift for my child. She loves the book and was happy to get it.
A book of short stories.....don't pass it up!