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Postcards From the Future - A Triptych on Humanity’s End by Andrew C. Lark, Donald Levin and Wendy Sura Thompson is a collection dealing with how humanity may end. Andrew C. Lark's Pollen uses many characters to show how a phenomenon in the sky was used to destroy humanity by making it so they can no longer reproduce. Donald Levin’s The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth is about two women, one who is an elder and one who is a food and tool gatherer. They use their special skills to help each other save their tribe and possibly humanity. Wendy Sura Thomson’s Silo Six is a bittersweet love story set in the future where the sun begins to turn into a red giant and will annihilate the earth. All three stories show how the use of books/knowledge and hope can be powerful tools even in a future so desolate.
Postcards From the Future was a fascinating read. I literally couldn’t put the book down, and that doesn’t happen often. I loved that even in the future books would still be around; all three stories showed how powerful books can be. I also loved how they showed that even in the most gruesome living arrangement, there is always hope and hope can be powerful as well. Pollen by Andrew C. Lark had a couple of great twists at the end, though I was sad to realize there wasn’t more to the story. And David Levin’s The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth may have a trigger warning as one of the heroines, Ash, gets attacked by men, but it’s well written and not too gory, which I appreciated it. I loved Ash’s spunk and determination. The ending was hopeful but left you wondering and hoping there will be a sequel. Wendy’s Sura Thomson’s Silo Six is probably my favorite of the three. The ending was sad but beautiful at the same time. If you love stories that deal with humanity possibly ending and seeing how or if they overcome it, then this is a great read. It will leave you wondering about a lot of things.