Monday, 31 May 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Afterlight - Alex Scarrow


The world lies devastated after the massive oil crisis that was described in LAST LIGHT. Human society has more or less entirely broken down and millions lie dead of starvation and disease. There are only one or two beacon communities that have managed to fashion a new way of living. Jenny Sutherland runs one of these groups. Based on a series of decaying offshore oil-rigs - for safety - a few hundred people have rebuilt a semblance of normality in this otherwise dead world. But as she and her people start to explore their surroundings once again, they start to realise not every survivor has the same vision of a better future than their catastrophic past. There are people out there who would take everything they have. War is coming, and the stakes are truly massive...


Alex Scarrow’s writing is definitely the thinking man’s sci-fi. Whilst he isn’t too futuristic with his writing it hits the notes for some of the worries today in the world of tomorrow and how things go to pot as mankind descends back to the dark ages in days/months rather than years.

As usual with the author the writings crisp, the descriptiveness almost hauntingly real topped off with a dialogue that will keep you hooked as the protagonist struggles through this dark tale. A great offering from Alex and one that demonstrates that he gets better with each offering. Magic.

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