Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury

This post contains a review, a bookish manicure, and a giveaway.




Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury
Published February 1, 2014 by Allen & Unwin
Source: the publisher
Rating: 3 paws
From the blurb:  Dom is the youngest person ever to arrive in the Necropolis, the 'waiting place' between death and what comes after. And it isn't long before he catches the attention of Satarial, a cruel Nephilim from the beginning of time, who has grim plans to use Dom as entertainment in his vicious gladiatorial games. When Dom's still-living sister, Kaide, appears in the Necropolis too, Satarial has the leverage he needs, and the stage is set for the biggest shake-up the afterlife has seen in centuries.
Dom's only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?
Afterworld by Lynnette Lounsbury starts off in India and then changes settings to Necropolis, a place where some humans go after death. Dom, a fifteen year old boy, ends up there after a car crash. He’s the youngest person to ever get to Necropolis and finds himself the centre of attention due to his youth. His appearance sets in motion a series of changes to the afterlife.

I haven’t read many books set in the afterlife, the only one that comes to mind is Sanctum and I do not recommend it. So, Afterworld felt quite unique to me, especially for YA fiction.

Told in third person, I never felt connected to any of the characters though I did admire some of their traits. Dom felt a lot older than his fifteen years yet I found his instalove with Eva a little full on considering his age and the time in which they’d known each other (one week). Eduardo was by far my favourite, he was entertaining and had the most depth to his character. I appreciated that even the bad characters had positive aspects; they weren't all evil, they had reasons for why they’d become so bitter.

The world building was well done, there is a lot to take in, but it felt detailed and thought out. Whenever I found myself questioning an aspect of the world, such as where do all the humans younger than fifteen go, an answer would be provided that fit the level of knowledge the characters would have.

The pacing was slow, but not in a negative way. For Dom, time in the afterlife is going too slowly, all he wants is to collect enough minutes to make his way through the Maze, so it stands that his week there would take up a fair amount of the story.

While reading I was sure this would turn out to be the first in a series and that Dom’s quest to reach the Maze would not be featured in this book but I was wrong, this book definitely stands alone and has a satisfying resolution.

Thank you to the wonderful people at Allen & Unwin for my review copy.

Purchase: A&R ~ Booktopia ~ Bookworld ~ Dymocks ~ Fishpond (intl shipping)


I really like the simplicity of the Afterworld cover and went for a black manicure with an accent nail to match the cover. I started with 2 coats of Ulta3 Black Satin on all nails excluding my ring nail.




On my ring nail I used 2 coats of China Glaze White Out. Once dry I sponged on China Glaze Elephant Walk and Nail It! Matte Grey. Once that was dry I used acrylic paint and a fine brush to paint the walls and Dom's figure.






Thanks to Allen & Unwin I have 3 copies of Afterworld to giveaway - open to Australian residents only.

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32 comments:

  1. That manicure is amazing! I seriously adore it. I haven't heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. I love that it is a stand-alone which happens so rarely in any genre outside of contemporary fiction these days. Great review and awesome nails!

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    1. Thanks, Nat! I was happy with it being a standalone, too.

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  2. Awesome cover you did on your nails from the book! It looks great :)

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  3. You translated the cover into nail art really nicely! :) I should really read a book... haven't read a book just for fun in a while

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  4. dear Bookish :-) you are unbelievable person ! you can do o your nail what ever book you want ! like this mani :-) !

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    1. Haha, you are too kind, Bubica! Thank you :)

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  5. This story does sound intriguing. I haven't read many books about the afterlife either. Too bad the romance didn't really hit the spot for you, but I like that this is a stand alone. I'm so tired of trilogies and waiting the painful years to finish.

    Love the manicure! The shade of grey is rich and you captured the cover so well! Wonderful review and manicure, Amanda! :)

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    1. Me too, I think we all need a break from trilogies!

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  6. Wow - that's so impressive. I make a mess with clear coat lol

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  7. Sounds like a decent read, especially since it's a stand-alone book -- I hate when books end as the character falls into a deep pit, world explodes, etc.
    The manicure you did is gorgeous -- the silhouette is perfect!

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  8. OMG. Your blog is awesome! You are such an amazing artist...omg, I have no idea how you can paint so tiny! JUST WOW. Okay, okay....I'm finished gushing. (Anyway, I followed via bloglovin', because I love your blog.)

    I actually couldn't stand Afterworld. I thought the world building was intense and detailed, but I felt like the author was going to amazing depths to explain everything. Like she wanted to convince the readers of her religious beliefs??! I was a bit weirded out. Also: I hated not being able to connect to the characters. Dome was like 30, not 15, and I didn't connect to him on any level. I thought Kaide was the best person out of the lot. But nope, I wasn't fond of this one at all, unfortunately. Great review, though!!

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  9. I didn't give this one much thought because I hadn't heard of it before but I'm considering now! Love your mani. You do the best ones ever :)

    Lovely review, hun! <33

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  10. I'm definitely considering this one now! Such a great review! Although not connecting to the characters is a biggie. I'm in love with that manicure!

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  11. This sounds fairly interesting. Third person can be hard to connect with though. Love that mani though! Drawing people is so hard. Fab job!

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  12. Sounds interesting and I love the manicure!!1 I'm in awe. :D

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  13. Oh, instalove. *sighs*

    The concept sounds fascinating, though. Glad to hear that it has a satisfying resolution - it's always nice when a novel wraps up the important details. Nice review!

    Also, awesome job on your nails!

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  14. I am so impressed with your nails! Incredibly talented to be able to paint such a small little guy :-) Love so much.

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  15. Haven't heard much about this one but it sounds interesting. Love the nails, as usual. The accent nail is perfect!

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