Aftermath

Aftermath

by Joe Reyes

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ISBN-13: 9781681111124
Publisher: Wasteland Press
Publication date: 04/29/2016
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Aftermath 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I was provided a free copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.* We are introduced to several perspectives surviving a post apocalyptic world in Aftermath. Each perspective intertwined allows us to understand the world and realize that this all was a nightmare. 5 years ago the bombs fell and each person was either having a good game, flying or going about their day. Not one realized how that day would affect the rest of their lives. We learn from Ian, Sara, Penny, Carmen, Eric, Justin and Alice among others how each person lives and how thier lives will soon be met with the other. Within each perspective we are introduced to different societies. We have Cortes people who are willing to have an seem to have the most bounty for their buck. They are also not afraid to destroy other societies as seen through the eyes of Carmen. We also meet Sara and Penny and the savages. Sara is a sex slave to the Savages leader Marcus, who are notorious for enslaving their capture and cannibalism. A twist of fate from a forbidden love leads Sara and Penny on the run from the Savages. Justin and Alice have a run in with a group but in swoops the government to take them in and save them. with the turf wars occurring and the explosive secret that one of the groups are keeping, this book was nothing like your normal post apocalyptic story. When reading Aftermath, I saw a comparison of the Walking dead, minus the zombies. Living people were eating other living people. so let that settle in. The scenes were not as graphic so I do have to commend Joe Reyes for allowing us to read the cannibalism without having too realistic a picture. This is not to say that there is any gore, there is. However, i would describe it more as torture gore. I gave this novel 4 out of 5 stars. It was definitely a good read. The ending kind of threw me off a bit though. There was tons of action occurring and then the last 7 pages, there was some confusion and I wasn't sure whether it was a weird cliffhanger that would lead to the next book [not sure if there is a second book] or if it was just a rushed ending. Overall the story was able to pick up and kept you enticed to figure out what would happen to the characters that you are hearing from in their own perspectives. I would recommend this to folks who enjoy post apocalyptic stories but are looking for something different than what we normally are accustomed to reading.
MichelleG More than 1 year ago
“People and bean again?” Bombs have completely decimated America and its people. Some (after going hungry for too long) have developed a completely blasé attitude towards cannibalism. Surviving the end would be hard enough, but being forced to work for a cannibal clan, makes it even worse. That was the predicament my favourite character, Sara, found herself in. Forced into a nightmarish life as a slave for the 'Savages', she somehow finds the strength to go on. There are 6 POVs in 'Aftermath', each following a different strategy for surviving, after the mysterious bomb attack that was utterly devastating. Their stories are similar in their paths, but also so different in morality; they really do cover both the good and bad sides to human nature. It was fast-paced, with a plot that took sudden turns that kept me guessing, and a cliffhanger ending that makes me desperate for the next instalment. Please, Joe Reyes, tell me it is coming soon!
Dagger_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Aftermath by Joe Reyes really made me think, right from the very beginning. I started to think about all the things we take for granted when I 'met' Ian. He is so used to his new apocalyptic life, that he has forgotten his birthday, his age, but he still checks the tap for running water each morning by habit. He hasn't had a shower in years, he is painfully thin, and spends his days hunting and searching for supplies for his communal town, Riverfield. The first chapter with Ron really got by brain whirring, and Reyes continued to make me ask myself questions throughout this great novel. How would I cope with such uncertainty? I mean, the characters themselves don't even know if the destruction goes beyond America. How would I deal with hunger? As someone who gets almost homicidal with hunger after one skipped meal, would I resort to trying the one plentiful food source...human? How far would I go, to survive? Could I adapt to the violent lifestyle? Turn a blind eye to killing and destroying the hopes of others to keep myself alive? Great novel, with great characters and expertly handled intertwining plots on both sides of the 'good' and 'bad' – although the line between the two is a little blurred.
BookItUp More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, so I was super excited to get stuck into Aftermath by Joe Reyes. It did not disappoint, it was everything I hoped for and more. 'Aftermath' tell the story of a fragile and volatile America, following a falling of bombs that takes them back to the Dark Ages. It is told from the point of view of Ian, Ron , Eric, Sara, Justin and Carmen, all of which are surviving in their own way. Their stories intertwine and mirror each other in a fascinating and convincing way throughout. Joe Reyes really captures how people can adapt to the worst situations. Sometimes it brings out the best in people, and sometimes it unleashes evil within. There is plenty of evil in this new world. When the ultimate fight is for survival, those with questionable morals will sink to unthinkable depths. What remains of the Government is fighting back, but they have a mountain to climb, to gain any control back. And there is more trouble approaching....fast. Be prepared for graphic gore, shameless acts, moving relationships and stunning plot twists. Not a novel for the faint-hearted, but so worth reading.
Bookish_Picks More than 1 year ago
“The world's destroyed. People are eating each other for survival, and I have to go on the hunt for toys.” What a novel! 'Aftermath' is dystopian fiction at its best. It does not shy away from the horrors that would be inevitable in such a situation. But, it also shows the wonderful side to human nature -community, compassion, laughter and love. It is unfortunate that it isn't the good people tat come out on top in times of lawlessness, it is the bad that prosper. In Joe Reyes' apocalyptic America, there are plenty of evils to be wary of. There is war between neighboring factions, battles over supplies, and cannibals just dying to take a bite. But, there is a greater evil approaching, one that eclipses all the others. Brilliantly written, with plenty of edge of the seat action, terrifying horror, but also wonderful human relationships, and hope where it seems impossible. A wonderfully balanced novel that handles the challenge of multiple points of view extremely well. It really doesn't deserve less than a 9 out of 10, maybe even the full 10 out of 10.
GemmaDavison More than 1 year ago
“The world's destroyed. People are eating each other for survival, and I have to go on the hunt for toys.” What a novel! 'Aftermath' is dystopian fiction at its best. It does not shy away from the horrors that would be inevitable in such a situation. But, it also shows the wonderful side to human nature -community, compassion, laughter and love. It is unfortunate that it isn't the good people tat come out on top in times of lawlessness, it is the bad that prosper. In Joe Reyes' apocalyptic America, there are plenty of evils to be wary of. There is war between neighbouring factions, battles over supplies, and cannibals just dying to take a bite. But, there is a greater evil approaching, one that eclipses all the others. Brilliantly written, with plenty of edge of the seat action, terrifying horror, but also wonderful human relationships, and hope where it seems impossible. A wonderfully balanced novel that handles the challenge of multiple points of view extremely well. It really doesn't deserve less than a 9 out of 10, maybe even the full 10 out of 10.
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
Aftermath by Joe Reyes is the first installment in a series in the dystopian genre. Told through the viewpoints of seven different people, Ian, Ron, Sara, Eric, Justin, Carmen and Alice; these characters chronicle what life is like in post-apocalyptic America, roughly five years after the bombs fell. Each character has different ways of coping throughout the story, some better than others, but all are interesting. There are plenty of challenges for the characters to overcome, described with writing that is at times gruesome. As a reader I am not entirely sure who actually started the apocalypse or why, maybe that issue will be addressed in forthcoming books in this series. There is a bit of a backstory for each person in the story, namely the main characters that helps explain their previous lives and how things have evolved. With a lot of intrigue and action to move the story along, Reyes has written a promising debut that will entertain fans of dystopian fiction.
Jamztoma More than 1 year ago
A Shocking, Sadistic Savage of a Page-Turner! Aftermath here is a post-apocalyptic adventure not for the faint of heart. It is the story of seven characters belonging to various survivor groups throughout what was once the United States who all become connected by the end of the novel as they fight to stay on the positive side and at the same time be wary of the evil schemes of their captors and leaders. There is Ian, who started off the novel with him pondering on his current situation, being a survivor of the catastrophe that left the United States of America in ruins, where the survivors have to fight and work hard in order to live. Where the good-natured are prey and the criminals are the leaders. He had just gotten himself a pet dog to accompany him on his adventures. There is Ron, who is a gun-wielding, bulletproof, vigilant young man fighting random gunmen to survive in his own way. He sometimes thinks about the day when he saw his parents’ murder and how he became a one-man-fighting regime. There is Sara, a slave of the Savages, who is a sexual plaything for them. She does not follow the usual behavior of this group, she would rather starve than come to consume another human being. She is friends with Penny, another slave who is one of the Savages’ meal-preparers. I had to read her story with the composure of a stoic because this is where the timid reader would have to either stop reading or let go of his or her conscious in order to get through it. There is Eric, one of the soldiers of the Savages, who is a kind-hearted individual who frowns upon most of the Savages and their horrifying way of life. He is also annoyed with Jamie, a female soldier of his kind who is rash and definitely a bad name to women person in the run to claim Eric for herself. There is Justin and his girlfriend Amy and they are by themselves in their quest to find a safe place from all the chaos around them. They rely on a little amount of food to get by while having to fend themselves from ruthless characters that may kill them for food and such. There is Carmen who pretty much has the same story as Ian who is supposedly Ian’s object of affection. She is a teacher for kids in her and Ian’s community. She is also one of the meal-preparers of that group who gets kidnapped on the day when Ian is hunting with some of his fellowmen for supplies such as food, etc. And finally there’s Alice, the oldest of these characters who is out to avenge her husband’s death. She is a vigilante and definitely not a proper-mannered lady who is skilled at handling weapons and bad people all the same. I found this book, minus the Savages and their culture, to be quite the page-turner. It reminded me of the Cormac McCarthy novel, The Road (2007) and various Marvel Superheroes and Villains out there. I recommend it to those readers who are looking for some shock and extreme reads with kickass and badass characters to enjoy and admire. And I will repeat what I said at the beginning of this review, it is definitely not for the queasy and timid for it will gross them out completely. Anyway, I’m going to enjoy some ice cream, cake, and cookies to soak away the images of blood and gore this novel has planted in my geeky mind! Ha!