I’m on school holidays right now, and so I started Afterworlds at about 7 pm last night. That was a big mistake, because I ended up reading until about 3 am (Mum was kind of angry). And it’s now 1pm and I just woke up.
Afterworlds has an interesting format, in the fact that there are two books in one. This in itself is not that uncommon, however, taken that the chapters intermingle, it becomes a much more interesting read.
Know that book where one chapter follows one character and the next follows another, and the author likes to keep you on a cliffhanger and sometimes you feel like you want to skip ahead just so you can find out what happens to the character before you follow another thread
Game of Thrones? Yeah? Well Afterworlds is kinda like that, but it only has two “characters”, or threads.
Afterworlds follows the pathway of debut novelist, Darcy Patel, and her journey through the dark scary world of publishing, with her novel “Afterworlds” by her side. Chapter 1 is Darcy. Chapter 2 is Lizzie (the main character from “Afterworlds”). Chapter 3 is Darcy. Chapter 4 is Lizzie. Darcy’s novel is a dystopian/superhero/hunky-death-gods kind of book, and Darcy’s life can not be any more contrasting to Lizzie’s. However, this does not mean that there is no connection between the two. Darcy writes like most authors, snatching from parts of her life here and there, and at some point in the novel, the two stories kind of blend, and you realise that both stories really follow each other closely. There’s just the right amount of action in Lizzie’s chapters and real life-ness in Darcy’s chapters to completely counterbalance each other, producing an extremely well-balanced and interesting book.
Separately, I would buy Darcy’s book. And separately, I would buy Lizzie’s book. Separately, they would be amazing. But together, they create a masterpiece.
Afterworlds is out now. Buy now at your local bookstore.
- Title: Afterworlds
- Author: Scott Westerfeld
- Hardcover: 599 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250030951
- URL: Simon & Schuster Book Page