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The books first light and after light by Alex Scarrow are two of the best that I have ever read, I have recommended to many friends and they all agree. The story is based on the end of society as we know it, in this case not by the usual virus/zombie outbreak. Therefore making this much more believable and thought provoking. The speed of the collapse and the behaviour of all the characters is extremely frightening, my circle is now definitely more prepared!
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Part of me wants to give this book 5 stars, or maybe 4 and half. It takes us to a post (oil) apocalyptic world and follows the stories of a few groups of people trying to survive. It really made me think about what we are doing to the world, how we would survive without the resources we currently have and made me wonder if something like this could really happen the way he describes. It also, paradoxically perhaps, made me more grateful for the things we have and made me resolve to think less about the evils of modern technology as I realise how hard life would be without it all. I am not sure if this is the message the author was going for but this is one of the things I took from it.
I hold back on 5 stars just because of some of the writing. I found some of the characters less than fully developed, struggling, even with some of the main characters, to be fully sympathetic towards them, or fully understanding of their motives. I also felt a little bit uncomfortable with some of the ways the female characters spoke to themselves - I felt like some of the language was more the kind a man would use in a derogatory way than the way a woman would actually chastise herself. Having said this I am only one woman so I only know the way I speak to myself!
Overall I loved it, loved the themes and how relevant it is to modern day excesses. Will be reading about the factual basis of all this and also looking out for more Alex Scarrow books.
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What did you love best about Afterlight?
It was a great sequel to Last Light and is simply a riveting story. Alex Scarrow has an excellent understanding of how our present way of live is so fragile, being based, as it is, on widespread availability of oil and petrol. He also has a good knowledge of human behaviour.
What did you like best about this story?
It holds your attention, has just the right pacing and its features believable characters and realistic scenarios.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the preacher/pedophile came to his end.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I could imagine this being made into a TV series, just like the 2 British based miniseries "Survivor" of the 1970's and 1990's. "AFTERLIGHT - the New Survivors"
Any additional comments?
The reader is simply amazing, with great pacing, all the right intonations and very accurate accents. One of the best narrators on Audible. ( I have listened to over 100 audio books)
This is a book that any adult could listen to, young or old, especially those who are informed and interested in current world events and political, social, environmental and economic trends. I have read a lot of apocalyptic fiction, and Alex Scarrow's two books are amongst the best. I have recommended it to my husband, aged 62 and to my son, aged 25.