Wastelands 2 – Book Review

The Horror Hothouse

Cover art by Dreamtime/Funny Little Fish Cover art by Dreamtime/Funny Little Fish

Wastelands 2 is as you would expect the follow-up to John Joseph Adams’s Post Apocalyptic anthology Wastelands. Number Two contains another 30 stories of the world’s end in all its variety and forms from the biological Armageddon of Tananarive Due’s Patient Zero and Anne Aguirre’s Foundation to the climate change meltdown of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Tamarisk Hunter and the post-nuclear landscape of Joe R Lansdale’s Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back.

As with most anthologies I found some of the stories more enjoyable (is that the right word? we are dealing with the end of humanity after all), but the good news is that there are no real stinkers in Wastelands 2. Now while the subject matter may not seem to offer much to smile about there are even some remarkably optimistic stories in this collection including David Brin’s…

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