by Carrie Ryan
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Richelle Mead, Lisa McMann, Michael Grant, Meg Cabot, Laini Taylor, and nine more of the hottest YA authors to hit the shelves explore the concepts of prophecy and prediction in this story collection edited by NYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan. Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It's human nature to wonder about life's twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it? From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life's unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction's brightest stars.
The collection Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction offers tales by some of today’s most popular young adult authors. From witches to aliens these short stories are sure to have something for everyone. I love collections like this because it offers me the chance to explore new authors. I found it to be the perfect bedside book and each night I read a different tale.
The stories all deal with prophecy and prediction. There are witches, an oracle, gypsies and tales of judgment day. With the Mayan end of the world date approaching these tales are sure to make you shiver. Some offered lessons and most will make you think.
Gentlemen Send Phantoms by Lani Taylor takes us to a village on all Faith’s Day. The Chosen One by Sandra Mitchell is the story of two princesses; one is destine to be queen. Burned Bright by Diana Peterfreud deals with the consequences of judgment day. Homecoming by Richelle Mead has Dimitri and his family. Misery by Heather Brewer takes us to a town called Misery which closely resembles purgatory. The Angriest Man by Lisa McMann deals with a young teenage boy who growls when he speaks. Out of the Blue by Meg Cabot is a series of interviews about two fraternal twins and events that occurred on their sixth birthday. One True Loveby Malinda Lo is about a princess prophesied to bring down the king and what he does. This is a Mortal Wound by Michael Grant is set in the future and deals with a boy being expelled. The Mind is a Powerful Thing by Matt de la Pena shares the power a prophecy can hold. Improbable Futures by Kami Garcia has gypsies and psychic readings. Death for the Deathless by Margaret Stohl deals with immortality. Fateby Simone Elkeles is a love story. The Killing Garden by Carrie Ryan tells the story of the emperor’s stranglers and a young woman.
Overall I enjoyed these tales. As with any collection some I really liked and others were meh. Noteworthy reads for me were Gentlemen Send Phantoms, the Killing Gardens, Misery, Burned Bright and Out of the Blue. Homecoming was interesting, but I kind of felt like something was missing, largely because I have not read this series. I found some new authors and would really like to see the Gentlemen Sends Phantoms developed into a full story *hint*
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