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.
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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