Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.
But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. In the midst there are heroes who fight against it. And after there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild.
The Apocalypse Triptych tells their stories.
Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and best-selling author Hugh Howey, The Apocalypse Triptych is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. The End Is Nigh focuses on life before the apocalypse. The End Is Now turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And The End Has Come focuses on life after the apocalypse.
The End Has Come features all-new, never-before-published works by Hugh Howey, Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Carrie Vaughn, Mira Grant, Jamie Ford, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Ben H. Winters, Scott Sigler, and many others.
The end is nigh is about the match.
The end is now is about the conflagration.
The end has come is about what will rise from the ashes.
©2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey (P)2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey
As a great fan of the first two volumes i have really disappointed with book 3. In the first two volumes there were occasionally stories i disliked, some that were good if not entirely convincing but many that were absolutely mesmerising. Unfortunately in volume 3 these proportions have been reversed and i was left utterly disappointed.
Some of the stories were so fanciful they had no chance of working. Sorry but its a big thumbs down from me.
"Weakest of the triptych"
While still entertaining, I consider this to be the weakest in the series. One thing it does properly is concluding many stories that started from part one (The End is Nigh). Whether the ending is satisfactory is a different matter. Some new stories (the Disneyland one stands out here) are really beautifully written. But unfortunately, this volume is a continuation and conclusion of the triptych, and cannot stand on its own.
"Some really great stories that draw you in...best is to start from book one and listen all the way through!"
Some really great stories that draw you in...best is to start from book one and listen all the way through!
"Bit of a let down."
The quality of the stories was more mixed than previous installments. Some conclusions were solid but others seemed not up to par with the setups. But more were the performances. This seemed more of a beta release, fewer performers and thus less distinction among tales, with some that kept the same person one to the next. Also, no extra info such as author info. All led to a rushed feel, a "who do we have handy to record?" feel to get this out now!
"Entertaining, Thought-Provoking, & High Quality"
Most of the returning authors finish their triptychs with engaging flair, while newcomers deliver some great post-apocalyptic stories. Marathoning all three books, back-to-back, might not be recommended. Inundation of depressing themes and zombies (maybe too many derivative zombie centric narratives) could wear on some readers. That being said, ‘The Apocalypse Triptych’ is the best collection of sci-fi short stories published in recent years: continually entertaining, thought-provoking, and high quality storytelling.
Oh, and the audio books are an amazing listen throughout, though format abruptly changes to a more minimal, still enjoyable experience with ‘The End Has Come’.
"Some great payoff, some not so great."
No. Of the stories that started in the first book in this series and were concluded here, several of them were quite good. Others of them read as though each chapter had been written by a different writer-- one who hadn't read the previous chapters. The overall production feel was different in this third and final installment, too, leaving me with the lingering feeling that this book was an afterthought and was put together long after a long hiatus.
Hugh Howey's "Wool" adjacent story wraps up in chapter 23 and it's a total gut punch; I wish I hadn't experienced it, honestly, and if I had it to do over again I'd skip that story completely. If you're a fan of the Wool omnibus, be warned.
The narrators were all very good, though there wasn't as many as there were in the previous books in the series. Thus numerous back-to-back stories were read by the same narrator whereas in the previous books the stories were distinctly broken up by the emergence of a new narrator for each one.
"Makes a predictable nuclear winter look like a spa day."
loved it great stories! recommend it to everyone! wish stories were a little longer but was good all the same!
"What if?, What now? Fun listen!"
This was a fun listen that wrapped up some of the stories started in previous volumes but also had some new stories too. All were interesting, some definitely deserve a whole book of their own!
"Damn it Hugh Howey!!"
If you enjoy reading a long series only to have main characters die senselessly and/or otherwise interesting stories simply run down the drain, read on.
Highly enjoyed the series up until this point.
Sadly, this will put me off any future Hugh Howey offerings. Good imagination, too little sense of purpose or closure in his writing/editing for my taste.
"Close no cigar"
If you have a light speed subscription or listen to the light speed podcast you will have heard most of the stories.
this was so disappointing after the first two. the three stars I have on overall, were for the excellent performances and the author's keeping their promises to finish the triptych The Ones That Did that is. The performances were amazing as always and I won't fault good narrators for these bad comments... it was just a bad finale~ That's it and that it all.
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