Aftermath by Tom Lewis
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Author: Tom Lewis
Release Date: March 28th, 2015
Book one of the After the Fall series
Aftermath begins with the destruction of civilisation by an alien race. Paige survives the initial invasion and has to fight hard to continue to survive the violent aliens now controlling the earth.
I think the characters would have benefited from more development. The story is quite short and I definitely think there's room for more depth to be added. I think Paige could definitely be fleshed out a bit more. I didn't really connect with her as I didn't feel a lot of emotion from her. Saying that, I did appreciate the effort to make her a strong character. She wasn't reliant on the boys around her to save her and in fact came up with most of the plans herself. She was smart, resilient and not afraid to fight back.
I really enjoyed the plot. It's fast paced and has good twists and turns to keep you engaged. There are similarities to some other dystopian novels (such as force fields and disguising yourself in mud à la The Hunger Games and an entire population being controlled via an implant à la Divergent) but as a huge fan of dystopia, this just added to my enjoyment of the story as I like those kinds of elements.
Overall I think it's a well executed story that could probably benefit from a bit of an extension but it reads well and kept me engrossed. I'll definitely be checking out the sequel.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.