Series: Forward Collection #1
From Goodreads: On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.
It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.
Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.
As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.
I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of Roth’s YA at all! Agilent’s treatment of genetics had me enraged at how wrong it was in even its basic biology. However, the premise of this short story was just too intriguing. I will also admit after reading it it has me changing my mind about reading her work, particularly her short fiction. Just shows its always worth giving an authors work a second chance.
This had a beautiful pacing to it. It felt like it had a wealth of plot and worldbuilding even though it was only 39 pages long. It captured lots of little details and aspects of life, love, friendships all within a very interesting prepping for the apocalypse setting. Actually part of the feeling made the impending doom of the world feel almost monotonous and peaceful which was refreshing.
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