My Review of After the Shock
The synopsis for After the Shock looked interesting, and the cover, while somewhat typical (especially in color tones) definitely caught my attention. As usual, I’m a sucker for a post-apocalyptic setting with potential zombies, so I eagerly dived into this book. However, it quickly became a bit disappointing. With the initial introduction of the characters, it seemed like the author set out to make things as cliche and hard for himself as he possibly could. Oh, white “lady” and black “thug”? That’s an potentially antagonistic pairing. *check* Former boyscout that could survive on his own quite well possibly? Well, he needs to be held back by something. Lets give him an alcoholic roommate who is drowning his sorrows in the After *check* Oh, oh, waiiiit, white lady (also, lets make her really religious!)and black guy…that ain’t enough. Lets add a traumatized kid to the mix!!
It ended up not being a bad book, and I liked the not-quite-zombies and direction Nicholson seemed to be heading in with them, but overall it was so typical in so many ways that I was glad when I was finished reading it simply because I’ve read so many versions of this type of book before. I didn’t skim the book – I read every word – yet reading it felt like skimming it. It was like there was no depth to it. It was just an almost cookie-cutter post-apocalyptic book. Can’t say I’d recommend it.
Title: After: The Shock | Series: After | Author: Scott Nicholson (site) | Publisher: Haunted Computer Books | Pub. Date: 2012-12-21 | Pages: 319 | ISBN13: 9781614759386 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2016-1-28 | Source: Kindle Promo | Available on Kindle Unlimited? No
If you like post-apocalyptic survival reads, I’d recommend either of these two as an alternative: