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Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge    by David Lubar order for
by David Lubar
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Tor, 2014 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

If you are looking for a collection of dark YA short stories, then Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge definitely fits the bill. Known for his lighter works, David Lubar shows he can also handle the shadier and scarier side of fiction.

There are thirteen stories within Extremities, written over various years, and, as with all story collections, some are better than others. The two that were my absolute favorites were Feelings and Patterns of Fear. Feelings had the feel of a full-blown novel even though it was only thirty pages and Patterns of Fear was a solid and chilling ghost story. These two stories really stand out and make the whole volume worth it. On the other end of the spectrum, Free Seas packed no punch, and made me wonder if this was one of Lubar's early works, as it has a very freshman feel.

Overall, Extremities is a wonderful collection, especially if you are looking for some death, murder, or revenge. Hopefully, David Lubar will write a YA novel in this genre, as he has proved his adeptness.

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