YA Anthologies – Violent Ends and Taking Aim

Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

Incredibly powerful storytelling with a consistent tone despite the 18 different authors. One of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read, and highly recommended. Each story is very well written, and while told from different perspectives, keeping the story straight is easy because of the quality storytelling and editing. The violent end happens in the beginning, and the rest is like a web of stories woven together in a masterful way.

Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns

Poor storytelling, too much message-sending, bland characters, unbelievable and predictable settings and situations, unreadable short stories that no teen will find appealing. Sorry, I did not enjoy this at all and I don’t think teens will either.

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