Book Review – Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy.

3 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Clean Teen Publishing for a free ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

What an interesting book… really not too sure if it was for me though. I can’t say it is a new favourite for me, but it had its moments. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the double perspective of the storyline (seen from Ben and Emma’s points of view) as the writing style for both characters was almost identical and, if I wasn’t paying attention, I would often forget who was talking. And as much as the immortals idea was interesting… I seriously found it all a little too confusing too. It was like even the author felt it was a good idea they fully didn’t understand themselves.

Add to that the unfinished business left when the story was over – I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to get done for spoilers – and I just felt the author got to their word count requirement and just stopped.

The pace of the story was also so very slow for me, and then started jumping all over the place and getting disjointed. Maybe that is my fault as a reader and not as used to YA books as I once was… perhaps people who only read YA books didn’t notice the slow pace? A lot of YA books I’ve read of late seem to have a super slow pace so maybe that’s just the done thing with YA right now? Possibly why I don’t read it that much anymore?

But to give ‘Aftermath’ some credit… it was, for me, an original idea and had some good concepts. I just didn’t feel they were followed through smoothly nor that the story was really finished. And, no, I don’t think this means it is leaving things open for a sequel – I sure hope not – it just means so many plot threads were just left swaying in the breeze, rather than being neatly tied up at the end of it all. If it was leading into a sequel, these threads should at least have been neatened up and acknowledged as ‘still to come’ in some way. It was just all a little messy and left unfinished to me.

Would I recommend this book to others?

I really don’t know… a bit of a cop out I know! Basically, it was an okay idea for a book and I can see the possibility in people enjoying it. I just don’t know if anyone I know would be someone who enjoyed it so I can’t say I would recommend it to them… just in case I got it wrong and there went my book cred! 😉

Would I buy this book for myself?

No, this one wasn’t for me. I am not saying it was a bad book – far from it. I just, personally, didn’t enjoy it a heck of a lot. I mean, I liked it enough to actually finish it and then not give it a terrible score, but it’s not one I am going to be raving about to everyone I meet.

In summary: this book had some potential and had some good moments… but it also had a lot of loose ends left unanswered and was a little too sloppy and hard to read in places for me to fully enjoy it. I will leave it up to other readers to decide whether it is a book for them and just say – yep, read it.

Until next time,

Janis.

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