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The Aftermath by Jen Alexander
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The Aftermath is a game created for violent teenagers. And so, apparently, it is used as a treatment, cure to abolish such thing or try to.

After reading this book, I am more than sure that this game is not a good solution especially because, of what I understood, when you die in the game, you die in real life too.

Creepy? Scary? Meh.

Excitement was all I felt before picking this book up. You see, for the past couple of weeks, so many bloggers reviewed this and, every time, I got more and more feverish to get my hands on it. Some did include in their reviews that they recommended this to gamers (what I’m not) but, after reading this, I am not sure it would impress those people either.

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The biggest problem I had with this story is feeling how the world-building lacked of development and information convincing us that this is a game we shouldn’t forget about and pay attention to, especially to what is happening regarding it.

Indeed, there was a lack of it so my reading experience was pretty dull.

About the main character, Claudia is not a bad one. The problem is that we don’t know much about her—she doesn’t either—and I couldn’t connect with her at all. Didn’t even feel anything when she discovered what a marionette she truly is (because she is being controlled by a gamer: Olivia.)

The secondary characters felt as if they didn't have a personailty. They weren't interesting or unique or ones that you'll somehow remember.

This story is forgettable.

The romance—oh please! It was banal and underdeveloped and unconvincing. And, since we’re at it, predictable. There was no spark or anything that would make us smile or—oh dear God not at all—swoon.

The writing was okay but there was nothing special about it.

To be honest, the only positive things I could find to say about this story is that it’s short enough and fast-paced. For some, that is enough to enjoy a book but I need more. I need substance.

I wouldn't recommend this because there isn't much to enjoy about it. Science fiction fans or dystopian ones won't be satisfied, in my opinion. Good idea but a not-so-great execution.
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Reading Progress

September 23, 2014 – Started Reading
September 24, 2014 – Shelved
September 24, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Destiny Forrester Hey Lola


message 2: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Superb review Lola dear! ♥♥ Oh man, I'm kinda sad and bummed because these are the kind of books I enjoy reading D: I'm not a hardcore gamer but I indulge in these reads once a while and love them ;) Looks like I won't be adding this to my TBR then. Sorry this was also a bust for you sweetie! :(


message 3: by Eliza (new)

Eliza Great review Lo! Sorry it wasn't memorable!<3


message 4: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Nice honest review LOvely! <3


message 5: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Great and honest review, Lola! I will be removing this one from my tbr list, don't think I will be enjoying it.


Cristina Monica Jasmine wrote: "Superb review Lola dear! ♥♥ Oh man, I'm kinda sad and bummed because these are the kind of books I enjoy reading D: I'm not a hardcore gamer but I indulge in these reads once a while and love them ..."

Thank you, Jasmine!! I didn't have much to say about this because I didn't feel like there was much the author presented on her plate :/ (Is that even an expression? lol)


Cristina Monica Eliza wrote: "Great review Lo! Sorry it wasn't memorable!<3"

Thank you, Eliza!! :)


Cristina Monica Andrea wrote: "Nice honest review LOvely! <3"

Thank you, Andrea! xx


Cristina Monica Ilze wrote: "Great and honest review, Lola! I will be removing this one from my tbr list, don't think I will be enjoying it."

It's just really predictable and boring and no surprises. :( Thank you!!


message 10: by destini mia (new)

destini mia Sorry to hear you were bored, Lola :/ wonderful, honest review!


message 11: by Mysza (new)

Mysza Oh, sorry hun, good luck with the next one! xxx


Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Great sum up Lola!


message 13: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro You have been on a low row, isn't, Lola? :(

I hope you'd be able to find soon a book that you'd really like!


Cristina Monica Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie wrote: "Sorry to hear you were bored, Lola :/ wonderful, honest review!"

Thank you, Destini! :) Yeah, it happens.


Cristina Monica Mysza wrote: "Oh, sorry hun, good luck with the next one! xxx"

Thanks Mysza! :D Have a good feeling for the one I'm reading now. ^^


Cristina Monica Miss Val *Shameless, Bitchy, Skanky & Not Sorry* wrote: "Great sum up Lola!"

Thanks Val! :)


Cristina Monica Alejandro wrote: "You have been on a low row, isn't, Lola? :(

I hope you'd be able to find soon a book that you'd really like!"


Hahah, well I did love Shadow and Bone which I finished Sunday, so I don't think it's that bad. We shall see hehe. Thanks! :D


message 18: by Saffron (new)

Saffron Great review friend! :) sorry you didnt like this one.


message 19: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro Lola wrote: "Alejandro wrote: "You have been on a low row, isn't, Lola? :(

I hope you'd be able to find soon a book that you'd really like!"

Hahah, well I did love Shadow and Bone which I finished Sunday, so ..."


Oh yes!!! :D I forgot that one! ;) Yes, this is a whole new bad row and so far isn't too long yet ;)


message 20: by Sandee (new)

Sandee Damn. Lots of bad reads huh?


Cristina Monica Supreet wrote: "Great review friend! :) sorry you didnt like this one."

Thank you, Supreet!! xx


Cristina Monica Alejandro wrote: "Lola wrote: "Alejandro wrote: "You have been on a low row, isn't, Lola? :(

I hope you'd be able to find soon a book that you'd really like!"

Hahah, well I did love Shadow and Bone which I finishe..."


Hahaha it's okay! Not long at all. Reading Crushed right now and LOVING IT!!


Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Great review Lola!
Sorry this was a disappointment.
Here's hoping the three books you are reading now are all hits!!! LOL
Don't know how you have three going at the same time!! :)
xoxoxoxo


Cristina Monica Sandee (The Whimsical Reader) wrote: "Damn. Lots of bad reads huh?"

So far two this week but I don't think it'll continue :D


Cristina Monica Patty❤️❤️Belongs To❤️Kellan Kyle❤️AND❤️Jesse Ward❤️❤️ wrote: "Great review Lola!
Sorry this was a disappointment.
Here's hoping the three books you are reading now are all hits!!! LOL
Don't know how you have three going at the same time!! :)
xoxoxoxo"


Oh my, Patty, I actually put those ones on hold!! I haven't touched them since 1 month? I think. Now I'm reading Crushed, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Seraphina and Clockwork Angel ahahah So four LOL.

Thank you!! xoxo


Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog LMFAO!!
And I thought THREE was bad!!!
FOUR??? WOW!!!


Angie~ Faery of Weirdness Ha! The romance in this story with the way you word it out, it sounds like a girl trying to have her first kiss with a donkey...*grins* AWESOME review as always, Lola!^_^


Cristina Monica Patty❤️❤️Belongs To❤️Kellan Kyle❤️AND❤️Jesse Ward❤️❤️ wrote: "LMFAO!!
And I thought THREE was bad!!!
FOUR??? WOW!!!"


Once, I did eight...but ended up DNFing half of it. HA HA HA.


Cristina Monica Angiie wrote: "Ha! The romance in this story with the way you word it out, it sounds like a girl trying to have her first kiss with a donkey...*grins* AWESOME review as always, Lola!^_^"

Oh, well that is a good comparison ;) there was just no feeling. Nothing. Blaaah. Haaaa thanks Angiie-love! xx


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Sorry this was a miss Lola! = /


message 31: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 26, 2014 05:15AM) (new)

Hmmm..interesting review Lola. Sorry that it didn't manage to caputure you. I got denied for this one at NG too so avoided reading. I am curious as to why gamers seem to like it more??


Cristina Monica SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Sorry this was a miss Lola! = /"

Thank you, Sue! :)


Cristina Monica Kat Stark wrote: "Hmmm..interesting review Lola. Sorry that it didn't manage to caputure you. I got denied for this one at NG too so avoided reading. I am curious as to why gamers seem to like it more??"

I have no idea really. It's not very developed and really boring. But I know what a gamer means, and I don't see why they would find so special about this one. :P


message 34: by ♥Rachel♥ (new)

♥Rachel♥ Sorry to hear this didn't work out for you, Lola! Hope your next book is better. :)


Cristina Monica Thank you, Rachel! :)


message 36: by Hershey (new)

Hershey Great and an honest review!


Cristina Monica Thank you, Hershey!! :)


message 38: by Exina (new)

Exina Very thoughtful review, Lola! Hope your next read is much better!


Cristina Monica Thanks a lot, Exina! xx


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