The Next Thing I Knew [NOOK Book]


The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy's mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter.

Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.

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The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy's mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter.

Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011448713
  • Publisher: John Corwin
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 319,338
  • File size: 656 KB

Meet the Author

John Corwin has been making stuff up all his life. As a child he would tell his sisters he was an alien clone of himself and would eat tree bark to prove it. For John, making stuff up was about one thing: teasing his sisters.

In middle school, everything changed. A class assignment to string random words together into a coherent story led to the birth of Fargo McGronsky, a young boy with anger management issues whose dog, Noodles, had been hit by a car. The short story was met with loud acclaim from classmates and a great gnashing of teeth by his English teacher. At this point, our esteemed author realized that making stuff up had broader uses.

Years later, after college and successful stints as a plastic food wrap repairman and a toe model for several well-known men's magazines, John once again decided to put his overactive imagination to paper for the world to share.

In 2009 John started work on No Darker Fate after having a bizarre dream. During the course of the day he morphed the dream into the outline for a complete novel.

No Darker Fate is his first published work.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    This book totally rocks your world and beliefs in such a short s

    This book totally rocks your world and beliefs in such a short space of time. You must go to the store and buy this book now. This is such an unique twist thrown at humanity in which humanity is entirely unprepared for and thensome. I wish there was more than 5 stars as a rating cuz in my opinion it should be a 10 start book. Here are my thoughts on the book:

    Lucy Morgan is your normal teenage girl that has secret crushes and lives with her techno gadgets. There is just one thing about Lucy that you don't know~she's dead and so is everyone else around her. Lucy is a ghost that has the ability to control things outside of herself. Lucy's best friend Kyle is a very science minded guy which helps Lucy out greatly. Ms. Tate believes that this is the afterlife and this is God's punishment for mankind. Ms. Tate also believes that anyone who doesn't follow her beliefs are nothing but sinners in God's eyes. Lucy tries to create something for everyone to enjoy but somehow it is never complete and entirely useless. Lucy develops a relationship with Chris Rogers that is wholly unexpected to either of them. Lucy makes a startling discovery yet keeps it to herself for the time being. Lucy meets Harb, a young native of India, who tries to appear older than he really is. Harb likes being the center of attention yet no one really listens to a word that he says which frustrates him badly. Lucy meets another ghost named Anil, who teaches Lucy a better way of doing things that she controls. Lucy has Anil meet with everyone trying to discover there place in the afterlife. Lucy also becomes acuainted with the Rrilk named Zhrii and the Shaval whom she named Diana. Lucy makes another startling discover about the Shaval~They are the reason Earth is full of dead people. Will Lucy learn to control her abilities? What is Ms. Tate planning? What discoveries does Kyle make? How close with Lucy be with Chris? Why is Harb so secretive? Where does Anil fit in? Can the Shaval be turn from there present plans? Your answers await you in The Next Thing I Knew.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

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    The Host meets Ghost meets Men In Black

    This book was great! I honestly didn¿t know what to expect. It was a mixture of paranormal with a dash of sci-fi. I knew this book was going to be good after reading the first few pagess. When the first giggle escaped my lips, I was hooked. Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humour throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie).
    I really enjoyed reading about Lucy, and seeing her evolve from an innocent teen to a strong, dependable heroine¿even if it all happens in the afterlife, in a little place called ¿Heavenly¿.
    Reading her interactions with Chris is so adorable. You can¿t help but smile at her discoveries about life and about herself.
    There are so many twists and turns in this novel. I found myself gasping and saying ¿what?¿ in various points throughout the book. Once I thought that it was all figured out, and that the characters had their game faces on, Corwin would throw in another twist, and I¿d be ¿what¿ing all over again! It was fantastic! I love books that do that, that constantly leave you on your toes and guessing what could possibly come next! I mean, what doesn¿t Corwin include in this book. We¿ve got space ships (yup!), we¿ve got giant bugs (omg ¿ side note: I¿m deathly afraid of bugs, so when this part came up, I eeeeked!), we¿ve got angel/demon things . . . as the story progressed, things kept getting curiouser and curiouser! Loved it!
    My favorite parts in the book were Lucy and Nick¿s interactions. It was so interesting to see what would happen when they merged. I was always curious about what was going on between them. My heart went out to Nick when he thought he was going crazy during his video diary episodes. To see how he deals with the realization that there will be no rescue in sight for him was beautifully written.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi reads, for anyone who loves paranormal romance, and who likes a healthy serving of humour in their stories!

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    Fun story

    This book begins with us meeting Lucy, the main character, who happens to have just died¿like everyone else on Earth. Lucy is your typical teenage girl, or ghost as the case may be. Through the book Lucy is struggling with figuring out the technicalities of her new "life", as well as struggling with her first love and subsequently her first heartbreak. She is an outgoing, likable character and soon becomes the unwilling leader of a group of people who are trying to figure out what happened to the people of Earth and stop even more destruction from happening. This is especially hard for Lucy because she does not see herself as a leader and has little to no confidence in her own abilities.

    What I liked about this book:
    1) The characters. I love a book where the author is able to "humanize" the characters and make them real. I thought the characters in this book were well developed. The author has given them enough background and emotion that they are fun to read about.

    2) The humor. More than a few times while reading this book I actually laughed out loud. I really enjoy John Corwin's writing style.

    3) The twists in plot. My favorite type of book is one that keeps you guessing. There is nothing more disappointing while reading a book than thinking you have everything figured out halfway through just to finish the book and find out you were right. No problems like that with this book. I had no idea what was coming, and when I did make a guess, I was usually wrong! I did not want to put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next!

    I am really hoping this is a first in a series because, even though the book wrapped up nicely, I was left with quite a few unanswered questions at the end. You know a book was worth reading when you do not want it to end!!

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    fast paced YA sci-fi/fantasy adventure

    The Next Thing I Knew is an interesting YA science fiction/fantasy novel. Seventeen year old, protagonist Lucy Morgan wakes up to discover she and everyone else on the planet are dead; ghosts. Lucy is a well rounded character who comes into her own as the story progresses. She is funny and sees the good in others. She ultimately becomes the leader of a small group of teens. They set out to discover what happened and save Earth. The plot is a unique, post-apocalyptic story. Typical of most YA books, the story developed at a fast pace keeping the reader on a roller coaster ride. There is some romance and implied sex, but the story line revolves around saving the earth. Corwin's imagination and writing style is well thought out and enjoyable. While it isn't completely believable, it fits into the realm of fantasy. Fantasy fans will enjoy the aliens and ghosts. Fans of science fiction will love the technology scattered throughout the tale. The Next Thing I Knew touched on good versus evil along with religious and moral issues. Overall, this is a good read and I recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy, science fiction in a young adult genre. I want to thank John Corwin for sharing this novel with me in exchange for my unbiased review.

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