Afterworld hits shelves on 1st of February, 2014.
Dom’s only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?
You know why I didn’t click with this book? There was no emotion. This is supposed to be a Young-Adult book, right? It should have quirky voice, spunky characters, angst, emotional roller coasters, dumb decisions, and sweet friendships. Right? I honestly felt like I was reading a book about 30-year-old teenagers (legit). This happened. And then this happened. And…zzzz…
But there’s definitely a lot of imagination in this book! I think the ethnic diversity is awesome (finally!). Dom (the main character) is half-black-half-white and his sister, Kaide, is Asian (they’re adopted, just in case you were wondering). It’s also all about “afterlife” speculation. That’d take an impressive imagination to think up. The world seems very well thought out and detailed. So detailed, I…
Okay! Right! Sorry about that. I’m fine. Coffee anyone?
Dom didn’t feel like a teenager. He said the occasional “yeah man” so I knew he was, in fact, 15 not 30. But his thought process? His actions? Yes, he could have been very mature for 15, that’s totally fine. Mature teenagers are
rare wonderful. But I’m a teenager and I felt so detached from him.
First we die, then we go to a complicated After Life which is exhausting just to think about, and then we participate in The Hunger Games, and then we go through a Maze!
What book am I reading?
Enough with the arenas already, authors! Look, The Hunger Games was awesome. It was historical. What about we get on board rewriting the French Revolution (everyone likes a guillotine) or build a pyramid or send convicts to Australia? These things could be awesome too! I’m so tired of different versions of The Hunger Games arenas.
I’m sure this book will appeal to people who love details and speculation about life-after-death.
I saw someone on Goodreads had given it 4 stars! I’m just one of a million little opinions, so you should read a book before YOU come to a conclusion. Just have…um, coffee…handy for this one.