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Publisher's Summary

The new post-apocalyptic collection by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, featuring never-before-published stories and curated reprints by some of the genre's most popular and critically-acclaimed authors. 

In Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet. Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive. 

Featuring never-before-published tales by: Veronica Roth, Hugh Howey, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Richard Kadrey, Scott Sigler, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Meg Elison, Greg van Eekhout, Wendy N. Wagner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Violet Allen - plus, recent reprints by: Carmen Maria Machado, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kami Garcia, Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Jack Skillingstead, Sofia Samatar, Maureen F. McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Adam-Troy Castro, Dale Bailey, Susan Jane Bigelow, Corinne Duyvis, Shaenon K. Garrity, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Darcie Little Badger, Timothy Mudie, and Emma Osborne. 

Continuing in the tradition of Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, these 34 stories ask: What would life be like after the end of the world as we know it?

©2019 John Joseph Adams (P)2019 Recorded Books

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This is just awful

Possibly the worst apocalypse story I’ve ever tried to listen to? I did try hard to skipping from fictional short story to unrealistic short story to morbid short story before I just gave up and returned the book.

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Mostly horrible...mostly....

Out of 30 or so stories 3 or 4 were good, the rest were horrible. Most had bad writing & dull stories. I expected a collection of quality Science fiction shorts about the apocalypse... Instead the common thread in 90% of this collection was a hard left political SJW theme, with no regard for the quality of storytelling. The narrators were either very good, or so poor that I felt like I was listening to a not so bright grade school teacher read aloud to children. I will be getting refund for this book.

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John Joseph Adams worst job

Well if you want to survive the apocalypse you need to be a lesbian or if a man beats, murders and only uses women and children for negative purposes this is your key to survival. I almost stopped listening because who you sleep with is more important than a good story. There were not enough different voices to make it interesting or a compelling listen. There were some really good ones. #Sigler was his normal greatness. There were a couple of others but the most was a lesbian lovefest. I pre-ordered the next JJA anthology. If it is like this I'm returning it.

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l liked it

I enjoyed this audiobook, all kinds of wasteland stories. Sadly, some read politics into everything but don't let it put you off. Some good stories here.

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Great Narrators!

I love post-apocalyptic stories, but reading about pandemics in 2021? 😦 Still love this collection!

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Enjoyable and Diverse Stories

I've read/ listened to all the books in the anthology and can appreciate this one because it's original stories, and a diverse collection of stories from a diverse section of American sci-fi authors. There were a few stories that lost my interest unlike the other two volumes but instead of skipping them I opted to listening to them. Overall the book was enjoyable and I loved the fact that I was putting my mind to work by imagining the stories playing out in my head.

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Her reviews are worth the trouble!

I’m thrilled that more people are familiar with Ms Tamales. She has an exciting style. Ms Kyle is able to make Eric’s narratives come to life.

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  • 03-11-22

SciFi Fan

I tend to like the post apocalyptic genre, even if the Zombie trope is a little overplayed in recent times. I also like anthologies of short stories so I thought this was a no brainer. I was wrong! The narration was...OK...but not engaging. The stories were, in a word, dreadful. Most of them didn't peak my interest in the slightest. They were full of so many cliches that I felt like I knew what was going to happen more than 50% of the time; also I feared a terminal case of eye roll. Of the first 5 stories, I think I skipped 3 after 10 minutes of listening, hoping that the next one was better. There was a delightfully bizzare tale of humanity at the end of time that I actually did find really interesting and made me commit to continuing. After starting the 5th or 6th Story (I can't remember), I gave up, which is something I rarely do. In my 4+ years as an audible member, this is only the second book that I have ever returned.

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  • 04-29-21

Really enjoyable

I am big sci-fi fan and found most of the stories taking my full attention. Narrators also did very good job adding more life to the stories.

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  • 04-19-20

50 / 50

some good some not so good. and the odd just downright poop.
ok to walk the beach on lockdown but was expecting a little more.