My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Fiction Anthology
Book Description: What if today never ends?
What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?
Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying ... that's where you’d be ... forever.
In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.
How do we restart time?
How do we make everything go back to normal?
The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.
What would you do if this happened ... to you?
My thoughts: This book is written by several author's. Each has taken the subject of what if it were your last day? What if time stopped around you leaving you alone? What would you do?
Each of the author's has written a unique story. I was impressed at the range of subjects and ideas that they dreamed up. The stories range from fairy tale to science fiction.
I really loved some of the stories and other's I liked. That is why I gave it a 3 star rating. The range in story content is very broad. This is a good book. I think there is a story that will appeal to everyone.
Each story is short and easily read. There is some swearing and mention of sexual activity without details. I would recommend for ages 16+.
Tens list from Marissa Halvorson
Top ten things I would do if I only had one more day left:
1. First thing I would do is talk to my parents. I have a lot of things to thank them for. That might take a good portion of the day. Maybe all of it, actually.
2. I have a ton of unfinished stories lying in wait for me on my computer. I’d take one of the shorter ones, and finish it, just to prove that even on my last day of existence, I can still be productive.
3. This would be the day that I face most of my fears, such as my fear of heights, my fear of bees/wasps/hornets (don’t judge!) and my fear of spiders. Not entirely sure how I’d face the last two if my final day was in the middle of the winter, but I’d definitely face my fear of heights. Go parachuting or something. Let’s hope this never happens, because I shudder just thinking about it.
4. Along the lines of things that I’m afraid of, I think I’d speak out. Not against anyone, or anything like that. I’d probably tell someone I like how I feel. Perhaps the same to someone I don’t like, although I think, even on the last days of my life, I’d still try to be the polite person I’ve always been. I don’t think I’d want to die as someone everyone hates.
5. I’d confess all my secrets. I’d confess my deep, dark secrets, as well as the truths to however many lies I told as a child to my parents and friends. I’d confess my lies to every person who I ever deceived.
6. I would definitely burn all my school stuff. I don’t care if I paid $4000 to go to school this semester. If there is not going to be a world tomorrow, all of that stuff can suffer a torturous and burning death. Not to be psychopathic, or anything.
7. A little bit irrelevant, but I would wear something daring. I’d go out, and buy something that shows off a lot of my skin, and I’d wear it for that whole day. Just to be brave and daring, since I am quite the opposite in day-to-day life.
8. I’d probably stuff myself full of chips, popcorn, pop, and cake. It is, after all, my last day. Who cares if I get fat? Who cares if it’s really unhealthy? I’m not going to be around tomorrow to face the health issues. Besides, I need comfort; I’m going to die/not exist tomorrow!
9. Okay, so a little off topic, but I’ll tell you something I wouldn’t do. I would not, under any circumstances, go to sleep. Better to use all of my final time to its full potential. Run down the streets, bother neighbors, say goodbye to my parents and family, maybe go shopping (possibly without money). But not sleep. I will NOT sleep.
10. Being the coward that I am, it is a possibility I might just curl up in a corner, crying and rocking back and forth. It’s a great possibility, actually. So probable, in fact, that it might void items 1-9 if it happens.
About Marissa: Marissa’s dream of writing came about when she was ten, after reading a particularly inspiring story of dragons and elves. She instantly fell in love with the fantasy genre, and characters soon began to manifest to satisfy her adoration. It started with a forty page handwritten novel, which she dubbed “Dragon Girl” and continued on to more challenging (and better written) works.
Marissa has been writing on and off for eight years with the ultimate goal always being publication. She has written and given up on more than ten novels and joined Scribophile as a way to improve her writing. Since then, a few of her smaller flash fiction works have been published online with Linguistic Erosion and Yesteryear Fiction. The boost in confidence from those publications only lasted long enough to push her to finish her current WIP, a novel she'd been working on for over two years.
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