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The End and Other Beginnings
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The End and Other Beginnings
Stories from the Future
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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...
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...
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  • 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.

About the Author-

  • Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection, and Carve the Mark. Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at www.veronicarothbooks.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 29, 2019
    In this combination of reprints and original stories, Roth (The Fates Divide) explores, as she expresses in a letter to reviewers, “that pivotal moment when something ends—often painfully...creat space for new beginnings.” To that end, the six pieces collected represent a mix of settings, themes, and tones. In “Inertia,” a young woman uses technology in the wake of a car accident to share in her former best friend’s last memories. “The Spinners” focuses on a teenage bounty hunter driven by a death to hunt parasitic aliens. In “Hearken,” Darya must choose between hearing music that defines someone’s life or their death. “Vim and Vigor” examines the impact on a group of friends after they lose one of their own. And both “Armored Ones” and “The Transformationist” tie into Roth’s Carve the Mark universe, showcasing characters at critical moments, including Teka, who plans to kill the dreaded Cyra Noavek. In these stories, Roth invokes romance, action, family, revenge, and loss. Mostly standalone save for the last two, they serve as an introduction to Roth’s work and a showcase of her versatility, though existing fans will get the most out of these offerings. Ages 13–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2019
    Roth (The Fates Divide, 2018, etc.) delivers six stories of possible futures full of grit and hope. A teen girl links memories with her former best friend as part of a "last visitation" program. A bounty hunter seeks to avenge her mother's death in a future where aliens can buy digital skin to change their appearances. A gifted musician must choose between a future of hearing only life songs or death songs as a Hearkener amid the threat of bioterrorism. A comics fan struggles to rebuild relationships after an accident killed one of her best friends and split their friend group. Akos Kereseth and Teka, both characters from Carve the Mark, prepare for defining moments in their lives. A prisoner on furlough must decide how best to face his past and fight for his future. Roth's stories are compelling, emotionally evocative, and satisfying. Most of the cast defaults to white, but several are people of color, including biracial (white/Korean and white/Indian) and Latinx characters. Characters are also predominantly straight, but one story features a gay romance. Three of the six stories have been previously published in other anthologies, but they gain new impact in the context of this anthology's focus on futurities. Final art not seen. Riveting. (Science fiction. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2019

    Gr 7 Up-Roth has spun six futuristic short stories, interspersed with illustrations and centered on themes of love and death. Four are completely new material and two are built in the "Carve the Mark" universe. The first story opens as a young woman is summoned to have a "visitation" with her estranged friend-new technology where people are invited to electronically relive favorite memories with a dying person. The technology is well conceived and the meeting is poignant. Another story revolves around a young woman being trained as a "Hearkener," someone who can hear the universe's songs and struggles to decide whether to specialize in songs of life or songs of death. A third story involves using unique technology to make decisions by experiencing the virtual reality of each outcome. Overall, the stories are excellent and could easily be incorporated into middle school classroom discussion. The "Carve the Mark" stories, however, are confusing. Followers of that series will enjoy the expansion of the concept, but those unfamiliar will have the sense of starting on Book Two of a series. VERDICT The collection will resonate with fans of the BBC's Black Mirror. Roth is a favorite, and this anthology will be a welcome addition to all YA collections.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "Roth's stories are compelling, emotionally evocative, and satisfying. Riveting."
  • Publishers Weekly "In these stories, Roth invokes romance, action, family, revenge, and loss. They serve as an introduction to Roth's work and a showcase of her versatility, though existing fans will get the most out of these offerings."
  • Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Warcross Series "Each story in Roth's timeless collection—like all great science fiction—is about humanity, how technology can transform our relationships with each other, how it can highlight love and joy and grief, and the delicate web of all that makes us human."
  • Somaiya Daud, author of Mirage "A marvel of genre dexterity. From world to word and character to character, Roth displays her signature hand for world building, and, above all, compassion for people at ends and beginnings."
  • Neal Shusterman, author of Challenge Deep and Scythe "Roth once again challenges readers' imaginations with her divergent thinking. These delicately crafted slices of future life are filled with characters you truly care about, in situations that bend your mind in all the right ways!"
  • Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds "Each story here is its own unforgettable constellation of imagination and aching humanity. They will burn bright in your heart for years to come."
  • Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie  "Roth is a remarkable storyteller. Her latest offering is yet another testament to her incredible talent—and a definite must-read."
  • Booklist Online Praise for The Fates Divide: "The expansive world Roth introduced in the series opener gets even bigger in this sequel, with a bevy of additional characters, deepened secrets, and complex interplanetary politics."
  • Entertainment Weekly "The Fates Divide features themes like hope and resilience and is told from four perspectives, as the lives of its two heroes are ruled by their fates spoken by the oracles at their births. Of course, a little romance gets in the way as well."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review) Praise for Carve the Mark: "Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent, with settings that are rich with color, ripe for a cinematographer. Readers will be anxiously awaiting the sequel."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans."
  • Publishers Weekly "Roth's worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters' motivations. Roth thoughtfully addresses substantial issues, such as the power of self-determination in the face of fate."

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