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The Aftermath

(Aftermath #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  509 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger

or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-pre
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
With a highly unique premise and complex world building, The Aftermath easily stands out in its genre. It's very well thought-out with a lot to love for gamers especially, but it did fall flat in character development and plot progression.

In few words: Claudia is a character in a post-apocalyptic game, being controlled by the person playing her (who is most likely a psychopath). Cool, right? I thought so. This concept is really intriguing, but how it was executed could have used a little more… o
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow, what an amazing thrill ride.
I started this one only loving the cover and the tags to the right on Goodreads that labeled it "dystopia" and "zombies"

well...FYI No zombies in this one.

BUT, this is an amazing story. It starts out with very little information - you're Claudia Virtue.'re in a pretty broken down somewhere. And you're starving and barely surviving. You're in a clan and you're running around scavenging for food and running from Flesh-eaters and cannibals.

From there, it'
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazeballs! It was like a RPG game come to life and oh my goodness I loved Declan! And Claudia kicked ass!!! If you liked Eve Silver's Rush you'll love this. Hell even if you didn't like Rush (I DNF'd it) you'll love this one! This is what Rush should have been like! ...more
Lenore Appelhans
My official blurb:

Packed with action and twists, THE AFTERMATH is a totally fresh take on futuristic YA. It will have you furiously rooting for Claudia to regain control of her life.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an original start to what I hope is a new dystopian YA series! I am a huge dystopia fan and this unique approach did not disappoint! I was so vested in Claudia's story and found I couldn't put it down once I started. I really loved the gaming scenario and the characters. I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here. I hope the next book will be out as soon as this one hits the shelves! I want more NOW! I could totally see this being made into a movie and have a huge fan base followin ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER WARNING: This review contains world-building spoilers. If reading this on Goodreads, the spoilers are marked; if reading elsewhere, they are not.

What if a character had a whole life outside of her gamer? Jen Alexander's The Aftermath takes this on, and also subverts stereotypes linking playing violent games to committing violence in real life.

If you're a gamer, you may get more out of this book than I did. Mostly, I don't quite understand. The game is set in 2030s Nashville, but is it re
Claudia Virtue woke up three years ago. She remembers nothing of her life before. Her life now though is a small clan of survivors trying to ward off the ever-present threat of cannibals called Flesh Eaters. While on a mission to find food and water, Claudia gets knocked out. When she awakens, her world starts to make less and less sense. She feels like the words she is speaking are not the words she wants to be speaking, her actions not what she intended to be doing.

That's because Claudia's lif
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I went into this book with no clue as to what it was about. I had the vague idea that it was dystopian and had something to do with videogames, but that was it. And yes, both of those were involved, but there was so much more to it!

This was a very unique book and yes, it had some videogame inspiration, but the idea is new and very interesting. The I'm sorry if I'm being vague, but it's much more exciting to go into this boo
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"In the world of the Aftermath,
every day could by your last...."

I am a huge fan of survival stories so of course when I saw this book I knew I had to have it. Survivors trying to live in a world ravaged with cannibal Hoarders?? Ummmm YES!!!! I love survival stories where the characters have to search for food, water, shelter, and where there is always danger lurking around the next corner. This book was all that I expected and more....

The main character, Claudia and her small clan of survivo
This is 3.5 stars. C'mon Goodreads, 1/2 stars, it can't be that hard!

I won this in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway, thanks to GR for the book.

I did end up enjoying the story though I have to say that it started out terribly slow for me. This was due in part to one of the things that was so well done here, and that's the world building. The plot is a pretty unique one, and the author did a great job creating the world of The Aftermath and it's characters. The way the story unfolds is *by necessi
Frank Chillura
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Claudia Virtue isn't sure who she is anymore. Her thoughts contradict with her feelings, she is no longer in control of her own actions, and she keeps having these dreams about a girl that looks just like her, but is in a completely different world. She is the leader of her clan and she is in charge of making sure they aren't killed by flesh-eaters (Savage Cannibals), as well as making sure they have e
Actual rating: 3.5
*received in goodreads giveaway*

First of all, I'm not into games at all, and this book was basically an RPG video game come to life. However, The Aftermath was a surprisingly enjoyable read!Characters were likable enough,the main heroine was badass (I'm all for girl power),and the plot was fast-paced and engaging. I got a bit confused at the beginning,had no idea what was going on, but once I read further and got into the story I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. The plot ha
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting concepts here. A real-life video game through meat puppet proxies being used as a substitute for therapy is certainly a great start. Unfortunately, the book ends on a cliffhanger, and it's kind of looking like the second book might not materialize.

Honestly, I read this just because it was set in Nashville, which I'm fairly familiar with. It's an unusual enough setting for any book that isn't about the recording industry, much less a dystopian. I have to say, though, I was a little di
PopcornReads - MkNoah
It all started with a dream the native NC author had one night. Although The Aftermath by Jen Alexander is a YA dystopian novel, I almost hate to classify it as that because it’s also a sci-fi novel, a psychological thriller, a technological thriller, an adventure novel, and an RPG novel with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. In other words, it crosses genres so much it’s hard to classify as any one kind of read…and I think that’s a good thing because it actually works and it makes for ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
This book just wasn't my cup of tea. From the confusing beginning to the muddled end, I simply was not a fan. It took days of laborious reading to reach the end, and I normally read quite quickly. I preferred to do anything rather than read!

Basically this book seems to have everything. Long lost twins, instalove, dystopian, cliffhanger ending. Yeah, no. There are so many scenes that end up meaningless to the point of the book, but then I never really saw the point anyway. I'm just tired. This bo
Athena Nagel
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I wanted to read this book because of the post apocalyptic aspect. I am not a gamer so I wasn't drawn in by that - but also not turned away because of it. All in all this book is unlike any other I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read future books in the series? Yes, without a doubt. And there will be future books - this is the first. If you enjoy Dystopian Thrillers - this is definitely a book to add to your collection. ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC Review

Very cool concept & plenty of twists & turns. Bit of a cliffhanger though :(
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Opening line:
"Frigid air gasping against my skin yanks me awake."

I think teens and adults who enjoy gaming will really enjoy this story. Olivia and Claudia are the main characters but one is real and one is not...or one is in a game and one is the gamee?
Set in a different time--2039--the reader is taking on a journey between worlds and people and landscapes. Claudia is in a post apocalyptic world where food and water are essential to life. The people of this world have to steal or raid for thos
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It was enjoyable. I think it could have benefitted from a bit more worldbuilding. And while I understand dropping us in at the time Claudia is beginning to become sentient, it meant I struggled a bit with the idea she was always saying things she didn't understand, etc.
The ending is a cliffhanger so reader beware on that part.
Misoko Fukumoto
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do I think?
man, I feel bad about my characters now that my eyes are opened...
I vow to always not make them suffer too much, but hey, I always gave them good food, at least.
Great book, but the darn cliffhanger, I walked right into the air again.
John Matuszak
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
a very intriguing world, set in a not- unfamiliar future. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopic
This book was different than I expected, but I really enjoyed it. I would love to read the sequel, but it appears that it is out of print and not available. That is a huge disappointment.
Laura Barnes
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was kind of hard to get into at first but ended quite nicely.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great, creative and wonderful book, I loved the whole idea of a person being used as a character in a game! Really hope we get the sequel, but it doesn't look likely right now. ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
a surprisingly interesting read, mostly for the premise, though the pacing was strange and the ending a little messy
mackenzie elizabeth
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens
This book was outstanding. I am on a hunt for book 2.
Heather T
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Kindles & Wine

The Aftermath starts with an introduction of the main character, Claudia, and her boyfriend, Ethan. Claudia has been hardened by the world around her – a world that has a lot of challenges, where food is so scarce that some humans turn to cannibalism (ugh). Don’t worry, the cannibalism is never described in a lot of detail, thank goodness! Water is also a rare commodity, and the weather can vary greatly from day to day – one day it’s a sweltering 100 degrees and th
Katherine Paschal
Claudia Virtue does the best that she can to survive in an apocalyptic society where she and a few friends battle the elements and flesh eaters to just stay alive. When Claudia is injured on a supply run, her world becomes something very different than what she knows. Claudia needs to determine what is real and what she is willing to fight for.

I felt like I was reading a mash-up of the movie The Gamer with Gerard Butler and a random teen dystopian. On one hand I thought this book was very unique
Book Info
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN 0373211325 (ISBN13: 9780373211326)
other editions (3)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger

or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a sma
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Aftermath follows a girl, Claudia, who is living in rundown Nashville. Rations are scarce, and there is the everyday threat of looters, murder, and cannibals. After a blow to the head, Claudia begins seeing things. At first they seem like nightmares, horrible dreams where she is connected to wires and tubes. However when the dreams seem to fit into her reality, she starts to question everything. She’s not a girl trying to survive day to day in Nashville, she is in fact a character in a game ...more
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A native of North Carolina, Jen Alexander spent her childhood with her nose buried in either a book or a video game, and sometimes both at the same time. Following a dream about a character trapped inside a live-action video game, Jen was encouraged by her husband to write The Aftermath, which is her debut novel. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, going to the gym, and trying to b ...more

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