- File Size: 1863 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publisher: S.P. Cloward; 1 edition (September 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009AINAG4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Afterlife is about an ancient race of people (Mortuis) who have a special gene that prevents the soul from severing from the body when they die prematurely. They operate in organisations. Wes, our main character becomes one of them and joins a mortui organisation called Afterlife. He learns how to be a Mortui, including how to feed by sucking the life out of a person. Everything with a rival organisation called the Atumra sort of goes a bit pear shaped after that as Seth, an important person in Atumra start's disturbing the relationship between Mortuis and humans (or antemorts).
The idea for this book was so original. There aren't many zombie books, but most of them feature lifeless corpses that amble around pointlessly trying to eat people's brains.
The zombies here were so different! They were smart and alert, and instead of eating people's brains, they lived off the life in people. This was original take on zombies, and I really liked it.
The only part where the book fell short were the characters. The characters were good, but every single one was underdeveloped and a little flat. I liked Wes, Seth, Emily, Jez and Meri. I felt that Wes especially needed way more development, being our main character and all. After finishing, I don't really know about his previous life or who he really is. What was his job? Who were his friends? What was the relationship with his family? Answering those questions and more can help bring life to all the characters.
Emily was just awesome.
And Seth was an amazing villian, but like Wes, he needed more development to truly bring life to his role.
The pacing is a little on the slower side, which isn't nessecarily a bad thing. Keep in mind that if you're looking for a book with a breakneck pace with a load of action, this probably isn't the book for you. It's slower, but this is done well, and I never felt bored while reading it.
The quality of the writing was very good. I often have a problem with books that use alternating points of view, but here is was done very well. With self published books, the quality of writing and editing can be awful, but the quality of this book was awesome!
I really liked this book, and I'll definitely be getting the next book in the series.
Because the living dead need us to keep on living themselves. They steal our life force to extend their own, and we are their feeding trough.
Wes knows nothing about any of this. He has just died, and is having trouble adjusting to his new afterlife. Fortunately, Wes has been found by a group who opposes the ones who would dominate and use the living for their own purposes. They consider themselves protectors.
But the other group is very powerful, and will do whatever is necessary to dominate living humanity.
And so S.P. Cloward takes us through an urban fantasy of good and evil, with no guarantees that good will win. If good wins, it will be at great sacrifice, and Wes will be one of the major players, if he learns what afterlife skills are available to him in time.
I got it because it sounded really interesting and significantly different from all the wanna-be Walking Dead and Twilight ripoffs out there.
I was right! I was thoroughly engrossed in it within a dozen pages. The whole Mortui/Antemort idea seems fresh and intriguing as opposed to the neverending flood of formulaic Young Adult stories obviously trying to cash in on the popularity of the Walking Dead and Twilight franchises. This was not even remotely like them. The story was well thought out and engaging with characters who became important to me quickly as I read. The action was not plodding and moved along at just the right pace.
The only downside to it for me was that it ended too quickly. That's OK though, because it had to leave an opening for the next installment in the series. I am looking forward to it and will definitely get that when it is available. SP Cloward is a name to watch!