Title: Afterlife | Author: Marcus Sakey | Publisher: Thomas & Mercer | Pub. Date: 2017-7-18 | Pages: 320 | ASIN: B01NGT8YVM | Genre: Sci-FI & Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review consideration
Afterlife by Marcus Sakey
Soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.
The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion — a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.
He wakes without a scratch.
The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people — until he sees they’re carrying machetes.
Welcome to the afterlife.
Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.
Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love… with Will Brody.
But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect — and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.
From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just the beginning?
I’ve previously read some of Marcus Sakey’s work, and while I enjoyed some of it, I wouldn’t have willingly picked up Afterlife had the publicist not specifically asked me to. My expectations going into Afterlife were not high, but I figured I’d slog through it if necessary.
Afterlife raises the bar on what I expect from Marcus Sakey a whole lot higher than it previously was. I had no idea the man was capable of pulling off something like this.
This is one of those books that immediately put me in my happy spot. The hint of romance, the parallel world (for lack of a better term), the new take on life after death. The battle of good versus evil. Afterlife is wonderfully imaginative, deliciously dark, and almost perfectly written.
Claire and Will are a great pair of characters. Too good to be true, of course, but sometimes we need perfect heroes in a story like this. I liked that the author had no problem making Claire the smarter one of the two of them. I loved reading the easy acceptance that Will had of her mental superiority. He loved her and never resented her abilities. And while she had no problem pointing out the flaws in his thinking, she never set out to make him feel like an idiot. (Like I said: too good to be true.) And even though they’re both strong separately, together they’re so much more. And that’s how it should be.
The dialogue was believable. The action was perfectly paced. The way Sakey describes the other world is simple, yet effective. It feels like it really would translate very, very well to screen. Which means, naturally, that I can’t watch it in a theater. Because I’ll be yelling at the screen for them not getting it right.
Pretty much the only critiques I have of Afterlife are little things. Like every time the villain appeared on screen, he was introduced by his ‘razor sharp cheekbones’. By halfway through, I was beginning to imagine if the man was made flesh, he could get a job being a real life Fruit Ninja with the power of his cheekbones alone.
Overall, Afterlife was a solid, entertaining read that I would definitely recommend!