#BookReview: 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?

Published: July 18, 2017

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My Review

People have been debating the idea of an afterlife for centuries. Most of us have heard and/or read stories about reincarnation or an idealistic version of a spirit world. But it’s unlikely you’ve ever read a story anything like this one.

Reality flowed like candle wax.

Afterlife is a visual reading experience. I could see the world(s) in which Marcus Sakey placed me. I felt like I was right there, with the characters, baffled and curious and terrified and hopeful.

The air smelled of river rot and rusted metal. Cloud shadows reflected in ten thousand windows. Funny, the sky had been bright blue when he went into the church.

The plot explores human nature at its very core. It’s impossible to talk about this story without giving spoilers, so I’ll just say that it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. The concept is one that will stick with me for a very long time.

When a dead man screams, does anyone hear?

The cast of characters is totally entertaining. Yes, Will and Claire are a little too perfect as heroes and lovers. They are, perhaps, the quintessential soulmates. But their perfection wasn’t a flaw for me. I want to believe there are warriors like these two walking our planet.

The things that we take as a given are not given. They’re imagined and implemented and maintained and protected one day at a time, and they are delicate.

Pacing is quick without feeling rushed. The dialogue is believable. And the ‘what if’ possibilities captured my imagination.

*I was provided with an advance ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*


Thanks for reading. 🙂