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Author: Simone Pond

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 18 pages

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Publisher: Ktown Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


This short story is part of Simone Pond’s Voices of the Apocalypse series. There are ten stories in this series.

Tiger Saparito loves Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It was once a thriving Italian neighborhood, but unfortunately it had become a wasteland. Ever since the Planners had begun the Repatterning, the entirety of New York had changed, and not for the better.

The Mafia had been left alone by the Planners until they instituted the Law of Conscription which took all the young men and shipped them off to “war.”

Now all that is left on Arthur Avenue are aging Mafiosi who are clinging to their deteriorating businesses by their fingertips.

When Tiger’s long-time crush rushes into his cafe and announces that the Planner’s are destroying her bakery, Tiger has had enough.

He calls his old “work” buddies together and they decide to fight back.

But how do you fight against the Repatterning? And with what? What hope do they have of winning?

I enjoyed THE AVENUE. It brought to mind many different groups of people and how they would respond to an apocalypse, but I must admit that I had never given a second thought to how the mafia would react.

I love the fact that author Simone Pond has chosen to set each of her short stories in a different state and city. This allows the reader to “see” that the Repatterning has affected the entire country.

I rate THE AVENUE as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐




Simone Pond is an award-winning author of dystopian fiction. Her current series includes The City Center, The New Agenda, The Mainframe, and The Torrent. She also has a short story series called Voices of the Apocalypse.

She grew up in Kensington, Maryland – a small town just outside of Washington D.C. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Follow her blog at Simone Says…

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