When society crumbles, can young love survive? When the young are deprived of their bright future and left to survive day to day, what bonds remain between individuals? Can young love survive a dystopian nightmare? This exciting collection of stories explores the struggles, both emotional and physical, of teenagers trying to survive as society falls apart or as they help build a new world. Compelling, emotionally charged stories of young lives lived in desperate circumstances by: John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, Kiera Cass, Nisi Shawl, Maria V. Snyder, Carrie Vaughn, Steve Berman, Amanda Downum, Diana Peterfreund, Jeanne DuPrau, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jesse Karp, William Sleator, Carrie Ryan and Seth Cadin.
Paula Guran is the senior editor of Prime Books and editor of Pocket Books fantasy imprint Juno. She edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror anthology series. Her previous anthologies include Embraces, Best New Paranormal Romance, Zombies: The Recent Dead, Vampires: The Recent Undead, New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird, and Halloween. Guran has been honored with two Bram Stoker Awards and two World Fantasy Award nominations. She has a daughter and three sons.