Sunday, 7 September 2014

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Afterparty - Daryl Gregory

Release Date: 15/08/14
Publisher:  Titan


In a world where God is a drug, one woman has to get sober. Lyda Rose was one of the neuroscientists who helped create Numinous, which produces the illusion of a personal deity, but since unwittingly overdosing, she has been haunted by her own visions of an angel she calls Dr. Gloria. After a stay in an asylum, she thinks she's put it behind her. Then others start overdosing. Who is still producing the drug, and why?


To be honest this is a difficult book to review as whilst some of the subject matter delves into mental instability alongside drug use, the original opening which wound me in, seemed to have sadly died for the second part of the book and left me feeling that after such an usual opening that I was let down.

I did like the way that the author brings an unlikely hero to follow, she has a lot of her own problems and when she has to delve into what she not only helped to develop but facing her own demons did keep it interesting. Add to this a few quirky twists, a surprise or two along the way and all round it was an OK book, but had it stuck with the type of telling that the book opened with I’d have been way happier.

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