The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Book - 2014
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In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by cannibals and pollution, Claudia endures daily physical and psychological tests in order to survive, while gradually discovering that she has become a pawn in faraway manipulator's game.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, Harlequin Teen,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373211326
0373211325
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,22 cm

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scissornose
Aug 25, 2016

This was unexpected and exciting -- look forward to Jen's other books

FindingJane Mar 23, 2015

“The Aftermath” delves into a sunlit world with a sordid underbelly. It’s a modern dystopia about another one of government’s desperate attempts to deal with an inescapable facet of human nature: the urge towards violence. How this fictional society combats this particular problem is laid out through passages that thrill and chill the reader. We are assailed by harrowing passages of wanton death, bloodshed and violent crime that is sometimes juxtaposed by moments of surprising sweetness.

This novel constantly shocks and surprises with its revelations, its teasing hints at a bigger picture and its protagonist’s need to retain her humanity and save her friends. Ms. Alexander’s anti-heroine isn’t conventionally pretty, kind or trusting. She’s a damsel in distress but she’s also gutsy, tough and cunning. She’s a sword forged in the flames of hell and dancing on a keen razor’s edge between danger and safety. Ms. Alexander has us rooting for Claudia Virtue and hoping that she not only survives her ordeal but gets a happy ending—or least as happy as anyone can get who is up against a monolithic corporation.

The abrupt revelation at the end of this first installment in this series jolts the reader but no more so than anything that has preceded it. Ms. Alexander knows the difference between shock for the sake of a cheap thrill and disclosures that serve the purpose of the storyline and the ending definitely falls into the latter category. Intrigued? Then step into The Aftermath, if you dare.

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