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Prelude to Mayhem

(Mayhem Wave #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  31 reviews
On May 30, 2004, the world transformed. Nearly all signs of civilization vanished, leaving in their wake a bizarre landscape of wilderness, advanced technology and magic, and leaving Harrison Cody very much alone. After weeks of surviving in solitude, he hears a voice on the radio, beckoning him to cross a thousand miles of terrifyingly random terrain to meet her, and any ...more
Published November 28th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published November 26th 2016)
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Edward Aubry I apologize for the late answer, as I am just now seeing this question. The preface is about the history of the book, which was expanded from a sectio…moreI apologize for the late answer, as I am just now seeing this question. The preface is about the history of the book, which was expanded from a section of the book that is now its sequel. The spoilers in there are extremely minor, but you can definitely skip it without missing anything. It's not part of the story.(less)
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Apocalyptic tales are right up my alley, so I was expecting a lot from Prelude To Mayham, but was a bit disappointed in the end, as it all felt very messy and a bit too much of everything.

The premise is good. After an end-of-the-world event in which most of the humans disappear but which doesn't seem to bad overall, the surviving humans try to survive. One of them is broadcasting a radio message to encourage people to come to Chicago.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The difficult second album. How could Edward Aubry possibly write anything that lives up to the Unhappenings?

Whether he sold his soul or met with a genie, he managed to transport me into a world of wonderment. I like twisted kind of books, where the characters are strong and the pacing is fast and Mr. Aubry fulfilled by book checklist.

I'm not going to tell you what happens. That's what a blurb is for. All I'm going to say is Mr. Aubry once again hit this out of the park and you should pick it
Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave #1) by Edward Aubry is a fun and exciting and yet crazy tale of things going really bad in 2004. Mayhem would be a great word for it. Near mass extinction of people, magic appeared, dinosaurs, pixies, animals in many odd sizes and colors, dog sized bugs, etc. It's a story of finding others, surviving, love, fantasy, magic, humor, and random craziness. It is a fun ride of a read and I enjoyed it greatly. Heartwarming and silly at the same time. Thanks NetGalley for ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Video review will be live here: on Dec, 8th ...more
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
4.5 stars rounded down* (see below...)

Harrison and Dorothy are two of the very few who try to live in the aftermath of a bizarre melding of the present, the future and the magical. How the environment has been twisted, where all this tech junk came from and why the landscape is suddenly overrun by very real, very dangerous magical creatures are all a mystery as they try to survive the changes to their world. A voice on the radio gives them hope for the future as they make a terrifying trek acros
I would have liked this even more if it just had a little less going on.

Book Title: Prelude to Mayhem
Author: Edward Aubry
Series: Mayhem Wave #1
Genre: Apocalypse, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Find my full review with video included for book song at Leah's Bookish Obsession

♫ Radioactive by Imagine Dragons --ugh…this one was hard to find a song for…be
Marlene Moss
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are two sections to my review, first for people who’ve never read Static Mayhem and second, for those who have and why they should also read Prelude to Mayhem.

If you haven’t read Static Mayhem, then you should definitely read Prelude to Mayhem now! This is a awesome story in which most of Earth’s population has disappeared, leaving behind an odd scattering of magical devices and creatures as well as futuristic human technology.

What would you do in such a world? Have fun, panic, search for
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Prelude to Mayhem is a great novel for those who love originality, quirkiness, SF and fantasy (basically, all the good stuff). Its strong point definitely is the style for me, which was great, easy to read, and painted both an incredible and magical world and a very vivid and rich atmosphere. I particularly loved the alternating of points of view between Harrison and Dorothy - this young girl and Glimmer were actually my favourite characters! The p
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I’m going to use a train to describe this book since it occurs in the story. It was like being on a train that starts moving faster and faster that you have to grab onto something to make sure you don’t lift off the ground and get slammed into a window. Just as the train starts reaching a terrifyingly beautiful speed you are thrown off with an alarming crash.

Don’t be alarmed for you will get back on again in book 2 which I am beyond eager for.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo-5
Read for SPFBO 5

Will leave my thoughts once the contest starts
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I was looking forward to reading this one as it is a mash up of some of my favourite genres. I have been reading more shifter titles so I feel ready for a change and I do like the sound of the blurb when it describes Dorothy, and her setting up a base in a shopping mall when the world changes around her. How the blurb describes the setting of the book reminds me a little of the setting of Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne and I truly adored that series, so I am hoping this book will be as good
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I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an awesome read.
My first thoughts reading this book were: what the heck am I reading and do I need to be high? Ha ha.
But seriously? Dinosaurs?! Dead dinosaurs?! Then rainbow coloured rats?! A pixie?!

“What are you even supposed to be? The Apocalypse Fairy?”
She gasped, threw her hands over her face and rocked for a moment. Standing up, she shouted, “Fuck
Geoff Strayer
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was good. Very, very good. It is hard to cover it all - but to me it hit all the marks dead on.

Prelude to Mayhem tells the story of an America (world? one expects so) transformed on May 30, 2004. The result is an unpredictable combination of magic, ultra-tech, dinosaurs, and other strange occurrences. In this world, we find Harrison Cody, loner on the East Coast, who hears a voice on the radio calling him to Chicago. We also meet Dorothy O'Neill, precocious teen for whom the change in t
Melissa Smith
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prelude to Mayhem is a new take on the end of the world. All at once, numerous people disappear and future technology, magic, magical beings, and prehistoric animals appear. The story follows two people, Harrison and Dorothy, as they deal with adjusting to the new world.

Harrison thinks he is all alone until one day, he hears a woman on the radio telling survivors to come to Chicago. After a little debate, he decides to head there from the east coast. His part of the story is used to show how mes
Lisa Richards
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not sure that this was pure post-apocalyptic as there was a bit of a blend of magic and sci-fi here, but I loved it. The only reason it didn't get a five was it seemed to have an awful lot of things happening all at once in the beginning and I almost put it down as it seemed more fantasy than post-apocalyptic. The ending was rather abrupt also and I felt like there could have been a bit more here. It seemed as though the author decided to stop and wham you hit a wall and it was done.
Now everythi
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this a very enjoyable read that I read in a couple of days. the story and the characters were written excellently. I really liked the premise behind the plot and found it easy to follow and was kept interested. The characters were great and easy to connect with and follow their stories. The story is told from Harrison and also Dorothy’s point of view and although it was told by two different people I found it easy to keep up. I loved the post apocalyptic feel throughout the story and the ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prelude to Mayhem is one of those books that is completely unpredictable. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, the plot went in a completely different direction. I'm glad this is a series, because after everything that happened in the first book, I still don't know what is going on. My confusion is not because the book is poorly written, but because the characters don't know what is going on either. The narrator is not omniscient; therefore, the reader only knows as much as the charact ...more
Mary Bernsen
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a great introduction to what is sure to be a captivating series. Aubry has created a fantastical post-apocalyptic world where time literally collides. The author managed to weave futuristic elements into modern day with a cryptic sci-fi (almost?) bend and a smart writing style. I immediately wanted to know more about Harrison's story. That said, it took me a few chapters to warm up to Dorothy, but once I was on her side I was completely immersed. Her intellectual, almost robotic method ...more
Amy Bearce
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prelude to Mayhem is a creative and interesting combination of fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction with two strong central characters. I really enjoyed the book. The story moves along quickly, full of adventures with crisp, clean writing. Delightful bits of humor and quirky weirdness are woven among poignant,thoughtful moments and plenty of suspense. Well-done! I'm looking forward to the next book! ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look my brother wrote this, that doesn't mean I had to love it but I did. So don't take my word for it - you'll have to read for yourself and form your own opinion. I have to say I'm really looking forward to the next book. Originally Prelude, or at least some of it (he added a lot), was part of Static Mayhem. So spoilers - I know what happens next...unless he's added a lot more and changed a bunch of stuff. Damn now I'm really looking forward to the next book! ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This one had a little bit of everything. Time travel (sort of), fantasy, dinosaurs and scifi gadgetry. Loved it. It takes a while to grasp what is going on (maybe) but that's probably cause it's setting up a four book series. Can't wait to start the next one.
Laurie Gienapp
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

After reading Unhappenings by Aubry, I sought out other titles by this author. As I'd hoped, it was another unique and intriguing concept, and fairly well written.
Laurie Gienapp
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tracked this down, after I read Unhappenings (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Excellent concept, great story. Writing is good (wish it were excellent).
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF 59%
Jack O'Grady
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The audiobook version of this book is AMAZING - C.S.E Cooney. I was so sad when it ended. Book 2 doesn't have an audio version! UGH! I miss Harrison's voice! hahaha ...more
See my full review of this title on my book blog, So Few Books, at:!

I absolutely adored this book! It may very well have been my favorite read of 2016!

The conflux of fantasy and sci-fi really intrigued me... [and] the author completely nailed it in this tome!...

Initially, it did take me a little while to warm up to Harrison. Upon reflection, I believe that it probably was just due to the culture shock of jumping mid-stream into his story, trying to gain
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Quirky and audacious blend of post-apocalypse, technology and magic. Characters who are easy to empathise with.
Cons: The blend I mentioned might not work for everyone.
WARNING! A couple of strong scenes, where blood flows freely and monsters creep over dead people. A character making an inappropriate joke about male physiology to a teen girl, who properly scolds him and leaves him ashamed. Some F bombs.
Will appeal to: Those who ar
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave Book 1) by Edward Aubry is a unique and engaging fantasy science fiction novel. In this book mayhem has happened. Something came and altered the world as we know it. Things that once were there are gone in a blink of an eye and the world is quiet because most of the human population has mysteriously disappeared. Most of technology still works but there just aren't any people anymore and the ones that are left are few and far between. In this book we are introduced ...more
I've been wanting to read Static Mayhem ever since I'd read the author's UnHappenings a few years ago; but at the time, he'd mentioned that he was in the process of splitting up Static Mayhem, so I waited and kept half an eye out for it. But when I saw this one come out, I'd kind of soured to the idea. The thing is - I was thinking that this was a zombie book and I'm a bit zombie'd out. So by the time I was ready for a good post-apocalyptic, even if it had zombies, I grabbed this one without rea ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi, fantasy
I really enjoy Edward Aubry's books. This is the third one I've read, and the main characters are generally always likeable (I hate books and movies that feel that a hero has to be a complete loser asshat, to be identifiable with), and they don't do obviously stupid things that no real person in their right mind would do, just to move the story along and fill in for the writer's inability to find a legitimate reason to introduce dramatic tension.

This is a very accessible prequel story, equally
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Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing. He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible thing ...more

Other books in the series

Mayhem Wave (5 books)
  • Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)
  • Mayhem’s Children (Mayhem Wave, #3)
  • Balance of Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #4)
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