Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse
by Lyn Worthen
It’s time to turn the “man and his dog wandering through a dystopian world” trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women – their badass women!
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse wanders through broken worlds with stories of survival, technology, magic, and sheer determination. But – like their cats – the authors frequently slipped out the upstairs window or knocked things off of countertops, and their stories are stronger for it.
In these pages, cats help their women find a better life, protect and defend and fight for the women who have sheltered and protected them – and vice-versa. Because these are not only stories about surviving troubled times, but of the relationships between the women and their cats, between the members of communities both small and large, and how they thrive, even in the face of catastrophic loss.
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse – it’s time to take them seriously!
Contains stories by Mia Moss, Hannah Hulbert, L.C.W. Allingham, Audrey McLennan, Hannah Trusty, Annie Reed, Caryn Larrinaga, Karli Sullivan, Misha Herwin, Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Leigh Saunders, J. Ivanel Johnson, Carol Gyzander, Joanna Z. Weston, Kathryn Carson, Meyari McFarland, Sidney Williams, Joe Borrelli, Virginia Elizabeth Hayes, Wayland Smith, and C.J. Erick. Edited by Lyn Worthen
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Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse is an anthology of 21 short stories edited by Lyn Worthen. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill anthology. The twist is that every story features cats and/or cat lovers. In this unique collection, each story has a strong female protagonist and takes place in a version of an apocalypse, but none of the settings are the same.
Though each story follows the same guidelines–each had a cat character, a female protagonist, and took place in a dystopian world–every story had its own unique and fun twist. What I enjoyed most about this anthology was the strong female and cat characters. It was interesting to see how the characters in each story interacted differently with the cats. Additionally, I liked reading the authors’ many different interpretations of an apocalypse. The causes of the apocalypses in each story ranged from aliens to zombies, to magic, to technology, to war, to a pandemic.
The audience for this anthology is definitely science fiction and dystopian fans. There is also some crossover into action and adventure that readers will enjoy. This anthology features a wide range of perspectives, as there are both male and female writers and writers from all over the globe. Because there are 21 different stories featured in this collection, this anthology is a great opportunity for science fiction and dystopian readers to discover new authors and to read more of their favorite authors. I would recommend this quirky anthology to anyone who enjoys science fiction, dystopian plots, strong female characters, and, of course, cats.