The End and Other Beginnings (Review)

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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Altogether a quality collection of “out of this world” stories. I had a few issues with what I felt was an overuse of romance but other than that the stories were well written and I enjoyed them!

Inertia 4 stars
I really liked this short story, but the ending ruined it a little for me (as well as a few details throughout). Nonetheless a really good read.

The Spinner 3 stars
I liked it, but the love was a lil instant for me. All the aliens, it was an interesting feature, and a hopeful ending.

Hearken 4 stars
Perfect pitch story!! Yes! I liked the ending, and a lot of the themes reflect the issues in our world. The beginning definitely made me think Divergent. The perfect pitch presented was accurate, though definitely overestimating our ability to transcribe haha; that school must’ve done a lot of training.

Vim and Vigor 4 stars
I was gonna make another sarcastic comment but it got resolved in the story so yay! I’m not that into superheroes so I wasn’t that enthused about this one but I liked the Elucidation Protocal and Edie/Kate.

Armored Ones 4 stars
I’m more immerse in the world of Carve The Mark now, and feel like maybe I’m finally ready to read The Fates Divide; I’ve certainly put it off long enough. I wasn’t sure what the point of the first chapter was but the story was good and I liked the second chapter, go Akos.

The Transformationists 3 stars
Wasn’t too sure how this story related to Carve The Mark other than a vague relation universe wise, and I got a little lost in the sci-fi elements, the baseline story was good though.

~I received a copy from HarperCollins NZ and willingly reviewed it~

Would you rather read a collection of short stories from the same universe or differnet universes?


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