Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge by David Lubar
Published: July 23rd 2013
Master of the macabre David Lubar turns his attention to dark and twisted tales for teens with Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge
A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge from the fertile and febrile imagination of master storyteller David Lubar—his first story collection for the teen audience.
This collection of stories was great. Some were genuinely frightening; some were just great and intriguing stories.
Artist Jim Kay provides fantastic illustrations to kick-start each story. My favourite, the image seen before “Whoodoo.”
These stories scream, “read me at the campfire!” Often with short stories I am left disappointed, I find that stories are not developed enough, and there are too many loose ends. I was surprisingly pleased with every story; each started with a bang and finished with a fantastic concluding set of paragraphs.
Lubar executes perfect twists on seemingly innocent tales. My favourites being “Feelings,” and “Split Decision.” These stories are not targeted for young readers, however I think middle grade readers would enjoy these tales the most. The thrills and chills would shock them much more than it does an older audience.
Thank you, Tor for providing a review copy.