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i love how much this cover looks like it would be friends with one of Seanan McGuire s wayward children books i love how much this cover looks like it would be friends with one of Seanan McGuire s wayward children books When it comes to short stories, it s hard to like all of them equally What I ve saw in all these stories is how most of the concepts revolve around topics related to family, friendship and romantic relationships.Inertia 4 starsThe concept behind this story is really interesting and I think can be done in the near future The story deals mostly with mental health issued, grief and the anger that comes from miscommunication I really enjoyed the friendship and romantic elements of this story I When it comes to short stories, it s hard to like all of them equally What I ve saw in all these stories is how most of the concepts revolve around topics related to family, friendship and romantic relationships.Inertia 4 starsThe concept behind this story is really interesting and I think can be done in the near future The story deals mostly with mental health issued, grief and the anger that comes from miscommunication I really enjoyed the friendship and romantic elements of this story I really liked the concept and story, because it shows how many fights you can avoid if you just talk The spinners 3 starsThe alien part of this was interesting, I was honestly think at some point that there would be a plot twist, but the story resolved pretty clean and easy, I would say This mostly deals with family issues and how the goals of the family might not be for all the members.Hearken 3.5 starsThis again tackles some family issues, although I would have liked some of the intrigue to bedeveloped, I enjoyed the overall message and how intricate our life can be with others without us even realising it Vim and Vigor 3.5 starsThe device used in this story would have been of so much used for me Please someone, go ahead and give me this I enjoyed the self reflection in this and how maybe trying to please others and creating an image would not always help I would have liked to see a littleemphasis on the fandom of Vim and Vigor, because that story was also quite interesting Ard Ones 5 starsThis reminded me how much I need to reread Carve the Mark and The Fates Divide Split between two chapters from the perspective of Teka and Akos this gives us a little bit of insight into the duology I have to say even though Teka was a main character in one of the stories, the second Cyra appeared on the page I was thinking of how much I miss this duology Akos s chapter really showed the beginning of his growth and how he will do anything for his family The Transformationist 4.5 starsThis is another story that revolves around family, mostly I found it really interesting how it showed how family expectation can make you forget what you really want I would have liked to see a little bitof Otho s current gift, because it was really interesting In conclusion I recommend this collection of short stories for anyone interested in Veronica Roth s writing style or her concepts, I think this is a good start Initial reaction Yes I don t have to wait two years for new Veronica Roth material I must say the illustrations in this anthology is superb It gives the stories a little something extra.Inertia Inertia I m carried in a straight line toward youA force I can t resist don t want to resistCarried straight toward youI ve forgotten how easy it is to fall into the worlds Roth creates.This short story just again prove why I fell in love with her writing.The concept in Inertia of being able to have a last visitation where you can share your greatest memories is something so out of I must say the illustrations in this anthology is superb It gives the stories a little something extra.Inertia Inertia I m carried in a straight line toward youA force I can t resist don t want to resistCarried straight toward youI ve forgotten how easy it is to fall into the worlds Roth creates.This short story just again prove why I fell in love with her writing.The concept in Inertia of being able to have a last visitation where you can share your greatest memories is something so out of the box and different you can t help but like it.Combining this great, different idea with something so profound as depression and bringing fourth this short compelling story proves how talented Roth is The SpinnersThat was where the Spinners had come in, because you didn t get to decide to be born, or when or how long you lived, or when you died You had to leave that up to the women with the thread No, thank you I did not like anything about this story I was even hard pressed to find an okay quote to represent it.1 Aliens should be done extremely well for me to like it.2 I did not connect to any character in this story3 O, what story It feltlike a sequence in a greater story I kept waiting for anythingBUT alas, nothing came to help me like this one Hearken Everyone had a death song, no matter how young or healthy they were, and everyone had a life song, even when they were dying Everyone was both dying and living at the same time.I didn t want this one to end.This might not be the safest dystopian world to live in, but I want to live there anyway With the condition that I must be a Hearken I would read a novel about this world, heck I would read a series about it.I loved everything about it Vim and Vigor She brought it because she thought it might feel good to remember Amy And terrible She knew it would feel terrible to remember too, but sometimes good and terrible could coexist, right The same way you could be happy and sad at the same time.This felt like bad fan fic Just some jumble of words For which I didn t care much Ard Ones I knew, then, that I could do what needed to be done.While I can t see a connection other than the Kereseth character between the first and second part of this story, I can say I enjoyed both Specially the second part.I belive this is short stories base on Carve the Mark which I have not read yet But if this is anything to go on I really need to priorities them The Transformationist Everything is on a clock in this universe, everything must grow to adulthood And reaching that point is no always pleasant.Gut wrenchingly cruel I would have like to see Otho get himself out of this through some good character building and not just fall in love It was a short cut I did not appreciate I loved this collection of six short stories Each one took place in its own universe with completely different characters and plot, but all were in the science fiction genre and had a futuristic aspect to them My personal favorite was the first story, Inertia, which I completely fell in love with and really drew me in to the rest of the book It is very rare I cry while reading and that first one had me tearing up in the best way I would definitely recommend Find me on Booktube youtube.com c I loved this collection of six short stories Each one took place in its own universe with completely different characters and plot, but all were in the science fiction genre and had a futuristic aspect to them My personal favorite was the first story, Inertia, which I completely fell in love with and really drew me in to the rest of the book It is very rare I cry while reading and that first one had me tearing up in the best way I would definitely recommend Find me on Booktube youtube.com c rusticpages Accurate rating 3.5 5This anthology of six short stories offers a brief insight into how personal relationships could turn into in a future not as far away as one might think It also includes a couple of stories from the Carve the Mark duology, which I read this year In general, it s safe to say that these stories are built on two main elements the bonds between siblings and the influence of their parents on them, as well as romantic relationships.Inertia 3.5 5The dynamics of her characters Accurate rating 3.5 5This anthology of six short stories offers a brief insight into how personal relationships could turn into in a future not as far away as one might think It also includes a couple of stories from the Carve the Mark duology, which I read this year In general, it s safe to say that these stories are built on two main elements the bonds between siblings and the influence of their parents on them, as well as romantic relationships.Inertia 3.5 5The dynamics of her characters reminded me of Tris and Four from Divergent, also of Aristotle and Dante Claire is dealing with mental health issues and self harm, while Matt is overwhelmed with grief, both looking for a save haven in each other Perhaps I would have appreciated the character growth on Claire s part a lot , had it come from a place of personal development Still, there is quite a strong message in this short story The Spinners 2.5 5Main themes grief, sisterly bond, embracing diversity Unfortunately, the whole story fell flat for me I would have loved it if the story of the Spinners played a bigger role in the turn of events.Hearken 3.5 5I loved the concept of music having such an empowering and catalistic role in people s lives I felt like the ending could be a few pages longer I think it lacked impact because of the abrupt wrap up.Vim and Vigor 4 5Fandoms, friendships, sudden loss, high school drama with a slight sci fi spin I could predict how the story would go, but I enjoyed every minute I spent with it.The Ard Ones 4 5We got a bit of backstory on Teka and Akos, I m sure fans of Carve the Mark will appreciate this, as did I, but essentially it didn t assist in plot progress More like an extra gift for the fans.The Transformationist 4.5 5This story confused me the most I knew it was set in the Carve the Mark universe, which is why I was looking for familiar faces at first I actually started thinking that I was introduced to these characters, but forgot about it I then realised that this was a completely separate story, which required some adjustment on my part Nevertheless, I think this one had the most intriguing plot The exploration of religions that are hinted at in the duology and the way the characters interacted was so interesting I m glad that this story was picked to conclude the anthology and, honestly, I could readabout Otho the protagonist and his experience with Tranformationists, which reminded me a lot of Abnegation in Divergent Oh, and the love interest so adorable and kind Fans of Veronica Roth s writing and plotting would definitely enjoy this She does not shy away nor sugarcoat reality and the fact that families are not perfect, even if they love one another.For someone who hasn t read any of her books yet, I reckon this anthology would be the perfect way to see how you like her storytelling and characters.Personally, I felt like Roth cannot escape from these ideas in her head about modern day worlds with a hint of science fiction advancements The tone was very similar to both of her previous series The illustrations were such a nice touch and, although the ARC did not include all of them, I m excited to see them on the finished product ARC provided by Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books in enchange for an honest review But you didn t need to stack the odds in your favor Everything has always been carrying me toward you For my first ever short story collection, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six stories, each of them containing some type of sci fi element, while the last two stories take place in the Carve the Mark universe Just to note, I have not yet read the Carve the Mark books but I enjoyed the last two stories just fine, so yoBut you didn t need to stack the odds in your favor Everything has always been carrying me toward you For my first ever short story collection, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this The End and Other Beginnings is a collection of six stories, each of them containing some type of sci fi element, while the last two stories take place in the Carve the Mark universe Just to note, I have not yet read the Carve the Mark books but I enjoyed the last two stories just fine, so you don t need to read the duology to read these short stories.This collection tackles so many different topics grief, love, mental illness, addiction, personal growth and reflection, family dynamics, pain there were a lot of themes discussed and I thought they were all handled beautifully I haven t read any work by Roth since I read Insurgent in 2015, and though Divergent was a huge part of my life for awhile I forgot how talented of a writer Roth is I know her Carve the Mark series is quite polarizing and I ve been afraid to read that duology because of negative reviews But I really love Roth s work, so I think I will continue trying her other projects This collection was really well done and I can see myself rereading it in the future.So, overall, I loved this collection and the concepts it brought to the table My only real gripe is that I wish there had beenexpansion anddetail to each story, but I realize that defeats the purpose of the format I also question whether it was the best choice to include two Carve the Mark stories, but we ll talk about that in a second Let s first go through each story.1Inertia5 StarsThis was, obviously, a really strong start I think this was my favorite of the collection I loved the characterizations, the plot, and the sci fi concepts that we were given The story was so touching and I really connected to the narrator.2The Spinners3 starsThis was my least favorite story It felt flimsy and a bit pointless Just about everything about it neededdevelopment, from the characters relationships to the background story to the plot itself I wasn t sure what we were meant to take away from this one, though the main takeaway was clear in the other five stories This was just really meh.3Hearken3.5 StarsI enjoyed this I thought the main concept was so cool I did, however, find the ending to be a bit predictable and underwhelming I was hoping for the story to go somewhere else, and when it went theboring route I was a little disappointed But I still enjoyed it and its overall message.4Vim and Vigor4 Stars.If any story in this collection neededdetail, it was this one Yes, The Spinners could have used it, too, but I genuinely enjoyed this story and wanteddetail because I wantedin general This is one of thewholesome stories, and I really appreciated its overall message I found the main character to be very interesting, as were the characters dynamics.5The Ard Ones3.5 StarsNow this one I m a little unsure of as to why it was included in the collection This was technically two narratives smushed together into one story told from completely different POV s and completely unrelated to each other It seemed like Roth just had these nagging ideas that she couldn t logically incorporate into the plot and or narrative of the Carve the Mark duology and therefore put them in this collection Though they were both interesting, I thought it made the collection feel a bit disjointed with their presence.6The Transformationist5 StarsAaaaaand everything I just said about the inclusion of Carve the Mark stories has just gone out of the window Though this story also takes place in that universe, it felt waycohesive with the rest of the collection It had the real world feel that all the other stories had that The Ard Ones lacked It had a clear concept and ultimate message, while The Ard Ones felt like a strange insert I loved this story despite the fact that I have not read the duology This felt like something that could stand on its own, like the other stories do, and it was great It was a perfect way to end the collection.Now that I ve read this, I want to try outshort story collections I also kind of want to try writing my own, too Not only did I enjoy this collection for general pleasure, but it s also sparked a bit of creativity and inspiration It seems like when I do read Roth s work, it has that effect on me I ll take that as a sign to read Carve the Mark now |DOWNLOAD EPUB ☲ The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future ♔ 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 artworkNo world is like the other Within this masterful collection, each setting is 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 problemsIn these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautifulWith 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 beginningWith beautifully intricate black and white interior illustrations and a uniquely designed package, this is the perfect gift for book lovers In this novel by Veronica Roth, it consists of six riveting short stories Each story has its own unique and interesting plotline, setting, a different planet, and different universe.Many of the short stories contain betrayal, manipulation, vengeance, and broken aches The characters have something very similar to all the others in the short stories They all have difficult pasts and are desperately trying to escape from the inevitable until they realize too late, they can t outrun fate If you In this novel by Veronica Roth, it consists of six riveting short stories Each story has its own unique and interesting plotline, setting, a different planet, and different universe.Many of the short stories contain betrayal, manipulation, vengeance, and broken aches The characters have something very similar to all the others in the short stories They all have difficult pasts and are desperately trying to escape from the inevitable until they realize too late, they can t outrun fate If you re looking for an interesting read with a new genre of writing, then this book should be on your order list Amazing, riveting, unique, and innovative I received an ARC for The End and Other Beginnings by Edelweiss for an exchange of an honest review I tried I swear I really tried to understand this book, but I couldn t I don t like short stories And when I bought the book, I didn t know that it would be about short stories I bought it because it was written by Veronica And I used to love her books I guess that I shouldn t take for granted a book just because it is written by one of the authors I appreciate a lot. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5 I enjoyed this short story collection so much that I might be ready to forgive Veronica for Allegiant In seriousness, it was so entertaining, and really quite thought provoking Sure, some of the stories I likedthan others, but they were all quality, all were so well developed that it hardly felt like I was reading short stories at all I fell so in love with one story in You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5 I enjoyed this short story collection so much that I might be ready to forgive Veronica for Allegiant In seriousness, it was so entertaining, and really quite thought provoking Sure, some of the stories I likedthan others, but they were all quality, all were so well developed that it hardly felt like I was reading short stories at all I fell so in love with one story in particular Inertia, which happened to be the first story , that I might have sobbed in a bubble bath Just kidding, I definitely sobbed during a bubble bath I tell you this because that is how powerful these stories felt How did I care about these characters in such a short amount of time That s pretty magical, frankly And since a few stories are set in the world of Carve the Mark , guess that means I am getting to that sooner than later too Bottom Line These stories will entertain, and make you feel They re exciting, but they re also very human, reminding us of who we are regardless of where in the universe we end up