A thriller set in the best-selling After post-apocalyptic world.
When Mackie Dailey survives a cataclysmic solar storm that wipes out civilization and mutates others into violent killers, he seeks out the one person he cares about most.
But when he returns to a college campus looking for Allie, he discovers she is a Zaphead - nearly unrecognizable as the human he once loved. Mackie becomes caught in a power struggle among a small group of survivors who turn the campus into a stronghold against the Zaphead threat. His old nemesis, Lucas Krider, has taken charge, but Krider's vision of a new world is just as horrifying as the extinction they all face.
Will Mackie sacrifice himself so the group has a chance to survive, or will his demons turn out to be more dangerous than the strange, rampaging creatures that nature has unleashed?
Look for the other After books, First Light (After #0), The Shock (After #1), The Echo (After #2) and Milepost 291 (After #3). Whiteout (After #4) is coming soon.
Scott Nicholson is the international best-selling author of more than 25 thrillers. Joshua Simcox is co-author of October Dark with J.A. Konrath.
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Kinda Fell Flat For Me
This book just didn't do it for me. I love the genre, but this book seemed like a cookie cutter of all the rest. You have the big bad guy, who of course is one of the lucky ones to live through the solar storm that turns the majority of people into crazies. He's going to now rule the world, or at least his little part of it. He wants his starting base to be at a college. (Why a college? If I was king daddy and planning to dominate the world during the apocalypse, I'd pick some place better than a college.) Only a few young people are willing to stand up to him. And then it's just scene after scene........after endless scene of the young people trying to scheme and plot to do this and that, and always getting caught and beaten. That really pretty much sums up the book. Throw in some zap heads, which really aren't mentioned that much. A backstory to how the zap heads came about, how the solar storm happened, would have made a much better book.
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A fast paced and gripping read.
This is set in the same world as The After series and I was looking forward to reading it as I really enjoyed book one of The After. Well this is just as good as that and I'm looking forward to more set in this world.
Well the summary above pretty much sums up the plot so I'll go straight to my thoughts.
I have to say that Mackie is such an awesome character. He isn't the nicest person but you can't help but root for him. He is a recovering junkie and has done bad things, he even worked for a drug dealer and dealt but when the flare happens, he just wants to get to the one person he loves, Allie. I admired his tenacity and determination. He may have done bad things but he isn't a bad person at heart and it shows. He does what he can to help people and his love for Allie shines. Even though he is so flawed, the way the author wrote him was phenomenal, in that, as I said already, you can't help but root for him and hope he gets what he wants.
The plot was fast paced and gripping. You are brought into the heart of the story right away and the pace flowed nicely. It's not just about the Zapheads, it's a deeper look into peoples lives and how they feel about what happened. Mackie's story is equal parts intense as it is emotional. I cried a few times and my heart broke for him when he had to do a certain thing.
In all this was an intense read. It was well written and developed, the world that's been created is dark and dangerous but believable too. It will grab you and not let go.
I think out of all the books I've listened to by Scott Nicholson, this is my favourite. It conjured more emotions that any of the rest and I became invested in the characters and their story. I need to see what happens next and am really looking forward to more in this series, and indeed the world that the author has created.
Once again, Kevin Clay did an amazing job with the narration. He has a way with the characters that makes it easy to distinguish who is who. His voice is smooth and easy to listen to and he brings so much to the story. It plays out like a movie in your head!! I'm glad he narrated this as well as The After series.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife