Deception, secrets, controversy, and conflict set the stage for this book. I honestly don’t know what would be worse: realizing you’re a character in a game being controlled by someone else or being the type of person who would “play” a human being.
“Because The Aftermath? It’s the worst game of them all.”
The Aftermath was a very different read for me. I am not a gamer. In fact, I know nothing about games, RPG or otherwise. I do enjoy a great dystopian and unique concept, and this book delivered that. I don’t want to give anything away, because discovering things as they unfolded was one of the best parts.
One thing a lot of dystopians leave out is the why. Why has the world become what it is? What happened that the government would allow such things to take place? The author does a great job of giving the reader those answers in a fascinating way without it feeling like an information overload. I really enjoyed that. I was very intrigued by the idea of a treatment for those who were considered violent as well as attempts to rid the world of such a “disease.” There were a few elements of the story that I wasn’t overly fond of, but to expound on that would be spoilery and really just comes down to personal taste.
I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked; but given what they are going through, I suppose that’s understandable. The book ends with a cliffhanger; and as much as I wish that weren’t the case, I know I won’t hesitate to grab the next book. Even with the abrupt ending, this book is action-packed; and I’m anxious to find out what happens next! Gamers and lovers of dystopia will appreciate this exciting story.
“Sooner or later, there won’t be any humanity left to salvage.”
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.