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In an overpopulated world of exhausted resources ruled by the five major religions, people are asked to have faith in God while they slowly starve. With nothing to live for except famine and death, man is suddenly shown proof of an Afterlife and given the opportunity to go there. Would you?
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Published September 22nd 2014 (first published September 17th 2014)
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PattyMacDotComma
Dec 18, 2015 PattyMacDotComma rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi / fantasy about future global problems
Recommended to PattyMacDotComma by: Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I have no idea if Morawski intended a reference to John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” or not, but here are the end lyrics:

“Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone
Oh yeah they say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone.
A little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids doin' the best that they can”


There is no thrill of livin’ in Afterlife, but as in the song, people are told life goes on. Kind of like the terrorist pitch to suicide bombers: Go ahead, do it – you
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Mike Robbins
Oct 19, 2014 Mike Robbins rated it really liked it
Ed Morawski’s Afterlife is set some time in the not so very distant future, in a world that has been taken over by religion. It is ruled by the Interfaith Coordination Council, with five representatives – a Catholic cardinal who chairs it, an ayatollah, a Hindu, a Buddhist and a rabbi. They have forbidden birth control, and the population has soared from today’s 8 billion-odd to 19 billion. They rule through an organization called CNTRL, which does control everything; there is not enough food, a ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Afterlife was like nothing I recall reading in recent times. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and where that would take me as a reader. It was certainly a book that was brain food for me as it got the cogs up there whirring as I asked myself "what if..."

There are too many people in the world...

...and all of them are starving. The world is ruled by the five major religions in a desperate attempt to care for the citizens. But resources are so scarce the earth can no longer support the popul
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Kilauna
Oct 05, 2015 Kilauna rated it really liked it
The world is experiencing a nutritional apocalypse! Can you imagine living in a world where your caloric intake is monitored and rationed by your national government? Consider the fact that everyone is basically being slowly starved to death due to an overgrowth of the population. This is the premise of this book. I have to admit that this subject matter was definitely something out of the ordinary for me and the typical genres that I read. However, it was a welcome change of pace. Meet Jack, a ...more
Douglas Wallis
Jan 29, 2015 Douglas Wallis rated it really liked it
Ed Morawski’s Afterlife takes us to an unnervingly believable world ruled by representatives of five religious faiths, a Catholic cardinal, an ayatollah, a Hindu, a Buddhist and a rabbi and is frighteningly portrayed in this near future nightmare . Ruling through an organization which controls all aspects of life but which is unable to compensate for the shortfall in food supplies for a population whose growth is out of control because of ideological dogma.
The world population is rationed to a,
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Samuel
Nov 06, 2014 Samuel rated it really liked it
There are a lot of interesting ideas here. I found the S.F set-up a little bit 'paint-by-numbers' and lacking in texture at first, but the book goes on to explore some really engaging concepts. Clearly the author has done his research, and he draws some interesting and quite challenging conclusions (that I don't necessarily agree with).

I found it refreshing to read a relatively short book, and I think it served the narrative well in this case. It strikes me as a shame that many authors feel obli
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Sherrod Wall
Dec 05, 2014 Sherrod Wall rated it it was amazing
Afterlife rivals the best mainstream and indie sci-fi novels I've read. I could easily see this novel adapted as a visceral feature film.

The post apocalyptic setting and situation were introduced in ways that not only connected the characters to the overarching problem. Morawski did this effectively with: a strong descriptive voice, Jack's passion for his wife, his science and his philanthropy and endangering that passion by building conflict early on.

The technological advances described feel so
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Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Oct 17, 2015 Rajalakshmi Prithviraj rated it really liked it
Is there an Afterlife after all? This was the question which kept kept coming on to my mind as I read the story.

Ed starts off on a futuristic note when he portrays shortage of food throughout the world. He creates an organization which controls ration supply. Trust me, this situation does appear to be possible, since the rate at which agricultural produce is reducing is alarming.

The concent is very good in terms of the storyline however, I found there was something amiss throughout. There were a
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J. Kahele
Sep 29, 2015 J. Kahele rated it really liked it
Blurb: In an overpopulated world of exhausted resources ruled by the five major religions, people are asked to have faith in God while they slowly starve. With nothing to live for except famine and death, man is suddenly shown proof of an Afterlife and given the opportunity to go there. Would you?
The story is set in the future, where the world is ruled by the Interfaith Coordination Council, but run by an organization called, CNTRL. The people of this world are forbidden any use of contraceptive
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Misfits farm
Sep 29, 2015 Misfits farm rated it really liked it
What a book! What a story! What controversy! Moral and ethical undertones abound in this Sci- fi story posing real life questions, of which at least some are based on fact:
"There are too many of us on the planet to continue eating at the same rate; Only the fit will survive: “Jack had never seen anyone carrying so many extra pounds”: Religion is to blame for killing so many people and causing too many births: Acts of kindness are what matter and make the world go around."
An interesting tale tha
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Pearson Moore
Feb 22, 2015 Pearson Moore rated it it was ok
Title: Afterlife
Author: Ed Morawski
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 50,000 words (estimated)
Reviewer: Pearson Moore
Rating: 2 stars

Summary

A worldwide famine precipitated by incapable and self-serving rulers leads to a desperate, unthinkable solution. The theocratic body ruling the planet lends its support to the solution, but things go awry. A commoner goes on a voyage of self-discovery, comes back a changed man, and rights the wrongs imposed by the religious leaders.

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A debater must research bo
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D. Thrush
Sep 12, 2016 D. Thrush rated it really liked it
The story takes place in a dystopian future. The world has been taken over by the Interfaith Coordination Council comprising of a representative from each of the world’s top 5 religions who make decisions which are carried out by CNTRL. The Council has outlawed birth control and abortion, and the population has soared to 19 billion. There’s not enough food to go around. The head of CNTRL realizes that the population must be reduced, so he cuts food rations and releases a video depicting a ...more
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Review: AFTERLIFE by Ed Morawski

AFTERLIFE is a well-written and compelling work of Dystopiana, frightening in its scope and its likelihood. Rather than the prevalent themes and constraints of Dystopian fiction--the coercions and compulsions, the oppressions-- the global dismay in this novel seems to have come about more by laissez faire than by legislation, by apathy and disinterest instead of greed for power.

Mr. Morawski's approach is literate and philosophical, and well thought out. One doesn'
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R. Leib
Mar 19, 2015 R. Leib rated it liked it
Five Category Rating System:
Concept: 1/2 Star
Writing: 1/2 Star
Structure: 1/2 Star
Credibility: 1/2 Star
Character: 1/2 Star
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Total: 2 1/2 Stars

Audience Suitability: Adult - Profanity, Adult Situations, Explicit Sex

There are over seven billion people in the world today, and it seems crowded. Imagine if there were more than twice that many people on this small planet. What would it be like to live in that world? What would people have to do to stay alive? "Afterlife" addresses
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C.D. Loza
Dec 11, 2014 C.D. Loza rated it liked it
This book has an interesting premise, but not at all an impossible reality: a world governed (controlled) by five religions and what kind of world that is. It's a slim book that tells a good story about a possible future. The author paints a vivid picture about the challenges in food and population. The governing council is obviously named CNTRL and its head pushes the idea of the afterlife to inspire people to take their lives in hopes of reducing the population and address the shortage of supp ...more
Paul
Sep 08, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Vivid descriptions, natural dialogue, solid characters that I readily connected with (and/or were just fantastic characters), excellent post apocalyptic/sci-fi setting and political structure. I didn't feel confused about anything that was explained and felt immersed in the overall flow of the prose and the novel itself.

I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves unique sci-fi, written by an author who demands to be read.

I received a Kindle version from the author for free in exchange
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Dawn
Oct 01, 2015 Dawn rated it did not like it
The CONCEPT of this book is very, very good.

Unfortunately, it feels unfinished... like a first draft.

The characters are wooden at best. Errors abound. Perversely, it also feels like the book has been OVER-edited - like chunks are missing.

I would beg the author to walk away from his desk, come back with a fresh perspective and try again.
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Ed Morawski has written several works of fiction and non-fiction. His specialties include electronic security, fire alarms, electrical contracting, safety, military, photography and history. Ed is well traveled, having visited most of the 50 states and Canada, as well as Europe and Asia. His current favorite county is Taiwan where he has visited many times.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and
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