The story itself isn t quite as gripping as Last Light, the sense of urgency is somewhat lacking, possibly due to the nature of the story being 10 years after the chaos and panic of the first story However, I still found myself eagerly turning each page at 2 and 3 in the morning There are plenty of what would you do thinkers dotted along the way as the characters struggle through their various paths I like a story that makes me ponder how I would react in a similar situation.
As with Last Light I thought some of the characters were pretty well fleshed out Others I wanted to know about seemed a bit limited in their purpose, needs, desires and so on The use of dialogue gives the characters good individuality, although I m not a huge fan of the multiple explanation marks the author uses in his dialogue The circumstances and character behaviour if well written should be enough to tell the reader a situation is tense or not without a lot of at the end of so many bits of dialogue.
Another nit pick for me is the use of capitols in dialogue Again this shouldn t be necessary to convey emotion if the writing is strong Despite this, the dialogue and regional dialects, slang, street talk etc is very well done.
I m sure the Kindle version has been poorly laid out as there are huge gaps between the paragraphs, than the first book I got used to it, sort of A slightly odd thing is the first person diary entry at the start That in itself is okay, however another one crops up toward the end of the story and I thought this was a sort of conclusion, but the story continues on It felt misplaced.
Without giving away specifics I thought it ended in a strange place, with all the build up I expected something big but it just dwindled to a stop quite unexpectedly.
The concept of what a population would do following a collapse of society is an interesting one, and well thought out here, with some interesting ideas of how individuals and groups work through such hardships Many apocalyptic stories tend to centre around destruction and chaos, zombies, guns, cars that still work years later despite petroleum having a limited life span.
Afterlight is different as it looks at things from a realistic point of view, this is evident in the research the author has done The characters have flaws, even the good guys don t always get it right, and the bad guys have reasons for their behaviour It illustrates how some people will strive to help each other and some will act like locusts, consuming and killing.
As with the first book I was dismayed to see the repetitive nature of rape, whether that be actual rape or the intention implication I understand it is used to illustrate a point, that of men being dominant over women, using them as objects etc, but it felt forced to the point of oh, just stop going on and on about rape and docile women and get on with the story Despite these criticisms I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure Thought provoking subject matter, decent enough characters and locations I could relate to, England, London, East Anglia and so on.
If you want a good read about how people might realistically survive following a collapse then I recommend Afterlight whole heartedly.
i was fortunate enough to see the end of communism hopefully i will be fortunate enough to not see the end of this civilization.
Imaginez Des Attentats Terroristes Sur Les Principaux Puits De P Trole De La Plan Te Et Leurs Cons Quences Un Monde Qui, En Quelques Jours Seulement, Se Retrouve Priv De Carburants, D Lectricit , De Transports, D Eau Potable Un Monde O Les Magasins Ne Sont Plus Approvisionn S, O La Police Et Les Secours, Faute D Essence, Ne Peuvent Plus Intervenir Un Monde Plong Dans L Obscurit Une Civilisation Qui S Effondre Pour Chapper La Violence Et Aux Maladies, Jenny Sutherland S Est R Fugi E, Avec Ses Enfants Et Quelques Rescap S, Sure Une Plate Forme Gazi Re, Au Large Du Comt De Norfolk L , Ils Essaient De Reconstruire Une Communaut Humaine Et De Travailler Un Avenir Meilleur Mais Tous N Ont Pas La M Me Philosophie Pacifique, Et, Quand Le Petit Groupe Recueille Un Homme En P Ril, L Quilibre Pr Caire Qui R Gnait Jusque L Ne Va Pas Tarder Voler En Clats I got through a quarter of this and I m bored I had high hopes as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book last light Unfortunatley, the book is too slow to get started with the story split between the days of the crash which was fully explained during the first book and also the interactions of a community spent on an oil rig too much time is spent trying to force on the reader a utopian existence without power, rather than constructing an action post apocalyptic action story that could have still had some subtle philisphical messaging The character continuation from the first book to this book was confusing, I can t believe that the two kids, despite surviving the crash, would have grown to become such passive and week individuals In fact, I would have thought the daughter, with what she did in Last Light, would have been likely to have lead the oil rig community rather than the mother I may revisit this book at a later date, but that would be through obligation rather than desire.
PS I may have been compromised by the authors note in book of each which I felt was a little pretentious and self righteous.
Loving this from the start The story took up from Last Light and told the tale from 10 years in the future back to the crash day, jumping forward and back to fill in the gaps I think I like the idea of the world as we know it ceasing to exist and mankind having to start again A tale of survival Thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish No major surprises just a well told story which is totally believable We have been warned Post apocalyptic thriller set after the collapse of the oil industry Afterlife is the follow on from an earlier work called Last Light which I have not read This book manages to stand alone although there are a few reference to the earlier work and having read it would probably be beneficial The story is told between the two communities of Bracton oil rigs and the surviving group of people in London The breakdown of society is well told and fully believable and the main characters of Jenni and her daughter Leona are also well drawn, but some of the minor characters are rather one dimensional Several plot twists keep you reading, although some areas, such as the sections on the London community were rather plodding.
I did have to withhold incredulity that the scavengers kept finding containers of food or drink or cigarettes even ten years after the collapse of society and I d have thought rather communities would have set themselves up but hey, this is a novel after all.
again loved this book, hated finishing it.
The setting for Afterlight by Alex Scarrow is the UK, ten years after the oil ran out It is a sequel to Last Light but can be read as a standalone novel Like the first, it is a ish thriller with the touch of frightening reality After the oil crash there were riots, looting, murder and rape Beacon communities were established, safe zones which eventually became unsafe Now, only two remain This is the story of what happens to them as survival and recovery phases into rebuilding and re establishment of democratic government.
Scarrow recalls some of the main characters from the first novel Jenny Sutherland and her two children and introduces new people There are flashbacks to the oil crisis which shows events from different viewpoints Ultimately, this is a story of Them and Us which does at times seem stereotyped Jenny now runs a community of 400 living on an abandoned oil and gas rig in the North Sea off the Norfolk coast There are rumblings of discontent with the strict rules, then a mysterious Belgian stranger arrives and a young girl goes missing This story is interwoven with that of Adam Brooks, a former RAF officer, who was sent to secure London s o2 Arena as a safe zone Run by a civil servant and policed by a gang of teenagers with guns, it is far from safe This segment of the story is the least satisfying The link between the two places is Jenny s children, Leona and Jacob, who set off for London Jacob longs to see city lights, which he barely remembers, and Leona wants to return to the family home to die alone.
There are some big subjects tackled here The functioning of the group dynamic in far from ordinary circumstances, the management of resources and long term planning, and how to handle a crowd which hasn t realized the food really is going to run out These pressures challenge what it is that makes us human, in our preferences, tolerances, sacrifices and beliefs.
I confess to picking this up one weary weekend when I had re read a chapter of a worthy book Afterlight was just the tonic I read it in two days, curled up on the sofa on a snowy afternoon I returned later to the worthy book, and enjoyed it too.
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Thanks yo XD I know this book is a sequel, but I dont bother to read the first one.
u dont really need to read the first if the second book somehow explains to us what book one is about.
spoiler,yo Ok, I ve bought this book when I was going to an outing to a bookstore,really with my bestfriend Mikan the other day I was browsing through the shelves when I saw this book looking at me curiously.
Or maybe u can change the I and the book position in that sentence.
This book was,at that time, sitting alone on that shelves.
Yeah, it was the last copy,I guess.
So, I was lucky to notice it and at The same time I remembered the recommendation by Don.
So, what else I bought the book,of course haha I read this book a few days after that, and yes, this book is a page turner.
Then, I brought this book along with me when I went to holiday and somehow my holiday turned into finish this book trip oh I am going to be honest.
This book is good, really But, u have to be real tough to go on with this book if u were some way like me.
I cant stand when people make something mine like his her.
And that, happens in this book through Valerie Latoc And I cant stand a person who talks malicious about someone just because he she was not in charge and felt unimportant.
And that, happens through Alice.
I hate both of them like I hate everything most hateful in this whole world I dont know if u know how much hate I needed to go through Urgghh for just thinking about it However, surely I have reasons for saying that this book is good even though the author killed my favourite character, in a mean way ok,ok.
relax I will go to the good sides Well, good.
Which parts are good Think.
oh, yeah I know the whole book is good except the parts that are not.
How s that lol