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Ignorance Is Strength

By: John Joseph Adams - editor, Hugh Howey - editor and contributor, Christie Yant - editor
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Susan Hanfield, Janina Edwards, Justin Eyre, Kathe Mazur, Stefan Rudnicki, Mirron Willis, Judy Young, full cast
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Summary

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

George Orwell once wrote of a world where abuse of power begins with an abuse of language and a bastardization of truth. Some of today's most exciting voices in speculative fiction explore the ramifications of those ideas in Ignorance Is Strength.

The Dystopia Triptych is a series of three anthologies of dystopian fiction. Ignorance Is Strength - before the dystopia - focuses on society during its descent into absurdity and madness. Burn the Ashes - during the dystopia - turns its attention to life during the strangest, most dire times. Or Else the Light - after the dystopia - concludes the saga with each author sharing their own vision of how we as a society might crawl back from the precipice of despair.

Ignorance Is Strength features all-new, never-before-published works by the following authors, in order of appearance: Carrie Vaughn, Tim Pratt, Rich Larson, Cadwell Turnbull, Karin Lowachee, Adam-Troy Castro, Caroline M. Yoachim, Hugh Howey, An Owomoyela, Seanan McGuire, Dominica Phetteplace, Alex Irvine, Tobias S. Buckell, Scott Sigler, Darcie Little Badger, Violet Allen, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor.

©2020 by John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, and Christie Yant (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Mixed Bag

An okay collection, as with all short story collections there are some stars and some clunkers. Some well written, some poorly.
It's nowhere near as politically skewed as some of the more frothing reviews below make out but some stories are painfully unsubtle and serve to irritate not illuminate. The final story is especially guilty.
Likewise the narration varies. I actually had to skip one in the middle because the voice was SO irritating.
Worth a go if you have Audible plus. Probably not worth cash/credit imo

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Thought provoking and intresting

this was full of stories and now being on the second book ones that seemed to be going nowhere are being resolved alot were very Interesting with a good mix of genres

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Unexpected but interesting

I enjoyed this collection, and it introduced me to some authors I wasn't familiar with before which I'm glad of. I do plan to check out the other books in the triptych.

I particularly liked 'Glass Houses' by Cadwell Turnbull, 'The Truth About The Boy' by Adam-Troy Castro, and 'Idle Hands' by Tobias S. Buckell.

All the narrators were great, it was nice to have a variety of voices.

I will warn that some of the stories weren't really what I expected, and I feel don't really fit with the theme for the book in the description. 'The Oracle of the Exile' by An Owomoyela was set in either some other world or Earth in the far future, but it seemed neither dystopian or utopian, just very different. And there seemed to be no indication that the world at large was getting worse, things just got worse for the main character.

A few other stories, although they were about dystopias, weren't really caused by humanity, so although they were interesting stories and worth reading, they aren't the warning message the others are. It may be that some of the stories were written at least in part before the authors knew where they would be published. They are still good stories, even if not what was expected.

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