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After the Fear (Young Adult Dystopian) Paperback – January 15, 2013
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About the Author
Rosanne lives in Birmingham, UK and considers it one of her favourite cities, second only to Rome. She delights in writing for children and young adults and hopes to bring readers to an unfamiliar yet alluring setting. Rosanne was inspired to write when she read the Harry Potter books, and at age fourteen, she wrote romance fanfiction on just about every pairing you could dream up from the HP series. She currently lives with her partner and two bunny rabbits and is working on a post-apocalyptic adventure book for middle grade readers.
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Couple things I really enjoyed:
1) It did not take half the book to understand the plot or character's back stories.
2) There is so much going on in the book, but it is not over whelming and it does not feel rushed.
3) Neither the romance or the action take over too much. The author even wove politics into it without making things cryptic or boring...EXCELLENT!!
4) There is no shying away from what some might call "uncomfortable" topics. I think this is important; if your characters are on the line the author should be willing to put themselves out there as well, and Rosanne is not afraid.
All in all its a bit Gladiator, a bit Hunger Games and a great read that you will not want to put down. I highly recommend it!
For a debut release, Rivers proves that she's taken the time to perfect here writing and knows what she's doing. The society that's in place for this future England is well put together. After only a few chapters, I felt like it was the real world and that it was possible this could be the reality of the near future. Her characters are great, as well. There's no lack of depth to any character. With the struggles that take place, a lack of this character development would have made the story flat, boring, and easy to put down. After the Fear is anything but that.
How far would we allow social media to infiltrate our lives? The Debtbook in After the Fear blends the idea of Big Brother and the increasing intrusiveness of social media sites to the extreme. With the whole of this future England under a Mount Everest of national debt, control like this has become the way of life. Way to pay back the debt are set in place, and stepping out of line means your time might be cut short.
This is what happens to Sola, the main character. The reader follows her as she fights for her life, literally, as a demonstrator. While she's training to be a killer and not to be killed, her humanity is put to the test as well as her ability to keep a level head, friendships, and do whatever it takes outside the stadium, to survive. Sola is a bad-ass female character and I loved every moment of it.
What I really enjoyed in this book is the idea of the demonstrators. As gruesome and barbaric as the gladiators of Rome seem, and how much blood must have flooded the sands of the Colosseum in its prime, what would happen if humans resorted to a similar form of punishment/entertainment? A demonstrator is similar to a modern-day gladiator. I found this such an interesting concept to throw into an (almost) modern civilized culture. Are humans really that separated from their past atrocities or is this not a far stretch of the imagination that we could bring back the concept of making prisoners fight, prized and trained warriors kill, and created deadly twists for the competitors just to make more money?
I found myself questioning just how much of a fiction this might be to a future world. It's aspects of a dystopian novel, like this, that interest me the most. While After the Fear is a greatly entertaining novel, the way the reader is able to sit down and think about what they'd do if they we put in Sola's position, or the position of a number of supporting characters, brought my level of enjoyment for this novel to the next level.
I have a feeling we'll be seeing more great novels from Rivers. If this is only the beginning, I know she'll blow me away with whatever she has next.
This book touches on many themes, including authoritarian leadership, freedom, violence, love, and strength in being oneself. It goes deeper than just an entertaining, suspenseful story, but really leaves an indelible impression on you. I can't even say enough to praise it because I have connected with it so much, that now I am speechless and kind of sad that it is done.
This all makes it sound kind of boring, but it is not a dry story at all. There is so much emotion, action, and a million things going on at all times, that it will run through your mind for the brief periods you aren't reading the book (bathroom breaks only I think!) and keep you turning the pages and guessing and marveling. I also love the setting in Great Britain and can just imagine all of their accents. Sexy!
Oh, and I absolutely LOVE Dylan! I just have to say that. He is sexy, strong, loyal, and a gentleman with a good heart to boot. Probably my ideal guy right there.
This story is going to stay in my mind and it is one that I will read over and over again. Truly, it is a little on the heavy side, leaving the story quite one hundred percent resolved, so I am definitely hoping there will be a sequel to tie everything up. But I know with certainty how the characters' stories end in my head, so I am not too worried regardless.
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Really great story. Loved the characters.
Fantastic Story. Could not put it down.