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Publisher's Summary

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. In the midst there are heroes who fight against it. And after there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild.

The Apocalypse Triptych tells their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and best-selling author Hugh Howey, The Apocalypse Triptych is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. The End Is Nigh focuses on life before the apocalypse. The End Is Now turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And The End Has Come focuses on life after the apocalypse.

The End Has Come features all-new, never-before-published works by Hugh Howey, Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Carrie Vaughn, Mira Grant, Jamie Ford, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Ben H. Winters, Scott Sigler, and many others.

The end is nigh is about the match.

The end is now is about the conflagration.

The end has come is about what will rise from the ashes.

©2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey (P)2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey

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Weakest of the triptych

While still entertaining, I consider this to be the weakest in the series. One thing it does properly is concluding many stories that started from part one (The End is Nigh). Whether the ending is satisfactory is a different matter. Some new stories (the Disneyland one stands out here) are really beautifully written. But unfortunately, this volume is a continuation and conclusion of the triptych, and cannot stand on its own.

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Some really great stories that draw you in...best is to start from book one and listen all the way through!

Some really great stories that draw you in...best is to start from book one and listen all the way through!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bit of a let down.

The quality of the stories was more mixed than previous installments. Some conclusions were solid but others seemed not up to par with the setups. But more were the performances. This seemed more of a beta release, fewer performers and thus less distinction among tales, with some that kept the same person one to the next. Also, no extra info such as author info. All led to a rushed feel, a "who do we have handy to record?" feel to get this out now!

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Entertaining, Thought-Provoking, & High Quality

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Most of the returning authors finish their triptychs with engaging flair, while newcomers deliver some great post-apocalyptic stories. Marathoning all three books, back-to-back, might not be recommended. Inundation of depressing themes and zombies (maybe too many derivative zombie centric narratives) could wear on some readers. That being said, ‘The Apocalypse Triptych’ is the best collection of sci-fi short stories published in recent years: continually entertaining, thought-provoking, and high quality storytelling.

Oh, and the audio books are an amazing listen throughout, though format abruptly changes to a more minimal, still enjoyable experience with ‘The End Has Come’.

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  • ERIN
  • Tempe, Azerbaijan
  • 02-26-17

Some great payoff, some not so great.

Would you listen to The End Has Come again? Why?

No. Of the stories that started in the first book in this series and were concluded here, several of them were quite good. Others of them read as though each chapter had been written by a different writer-- one who hadn't read the previous chapters. The overall production feel was different in this third and final installment, too, leaving me with the lingering feeling that this book was an afterthought and was put together long after a long hiatus.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End Has Come?

Hugh Howey's "Wool" adjacent story wraps up in chapter 23 and it's a total gut punch; I wish I hadn't experienced it, honestly, and if I had it to do over again I'd skip that story completely. If you're a fan of the Wool omnibus, be warned.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators were all very good, though there wasn't as many as there were in the previous books in the series. Thus numerous back-to-back stories were read by the same narrator whereas in the previous books the stories were distinctly broken up by the emergence of a new narrator for each one.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Makes a predictable nuclear winter look like a spa day."

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great book

loved it great stories! recommend it to everyone! wish stories were a little longer but was good all the same!

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What if?, What now? Fun listen!

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This was a fun listen that wrapped up some of the stories started in previous volumes but also had some new stories too. All were interesting, some definitely deserve a whole book of their own!

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Damn it Hugh Howey!!

If you enjoy reading a long series only to have main characters die senselessly and/or otherwise interesting stories simply run down the drain, read on.

Highly enjoyed the series up until this point.

Sadly, this will put me off any future Hugh Howey offerings. Good imagination, too little sense of purpose or closure in his writing/editing for my taste.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What happened!?

If I had just listened to this book alone without listening to the previous collections I would have given this book a much better rating.
The quality of this final book went way down, or maybe it’s better to say that it was different. The first two books had sound effects and notes on each story, and while the readers for this book were good they were not the same readers in the first two books. Something must have happened with the producer between recordings. As for the stories, the stand Aline’s were very good and so were some of the continuation., but many of the final resolutions were unsatisfying, either they left many questions unanswered or the future worlds they depicted were so different it was hard to figure out which story they continued from.

course, in a collection of stories some are better than others but these were all pretty good with som

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The final book of the Apocalypse Triptych

Not as strong as the End is Nigh, but on equal footing I feel to the End is Now; but then again it's harder to review a collection of stories, as some will always resonate with us better than others.

There were a few stories in the End is Now that I was disappointed to find didn't have a sequel in this one, the End has Come. But there were also a lot of delightful stories that didn't have a prequel in the End is Now, as well. In fact, there were several (if not most of them) stories that were stand alone--having no prequel in either of the first two books. However, some of them ended up being the most powerful of all, since all you saw was the aftermath and were left to wonder about the catalyst (rather than the usual, other-way-around).

Anyway, if you enjoyed the first two books at all, you'll definitely enjoy this one, but maybe to a greater or lesser degree depending on which of the individual stories really captivated you.

If you've not read the End is Nigh or the End is Now, that's okay---none of the stories that are sequels need to have their prequels read first in order to understand.

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  • BillyBlackBear
  • 07-07-15

Disapointing!

As a great fan of the first two volumes i have really disappointed with book 3. In the first two volumes there were occasionally stories i disliked, some that were good if not entirely convincing but many that were absolutely mesmerising. Unfortunately in volume 3 these proportions have been reversed and i was left utterly disappointed.
Some of the stories were so fanciful they had no chance of working. Sorry but its a big thumbs down from me.

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  • D. Davidson
  • 10-24-17

A fitting end to the series.

This audio book was a great treat, many of my favourite authors and narrators in one place.

The quality of the stories, has continued to be high throughout all three books. This third installment has not disappointed.

So many of the stories where quite thought-provoking, this book required a leisurely second listen.


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  • Helen Gladwin
  • 09-28-17

Disappointed

Really disappointed. This is so different to the original 2 parts. The stories feel weaker and a lot of the readers have changed. Why would you change the readers for the same characters of the common stories. More than one book does this. First book I have stopped listening to.