After: The Shock (Volume 1)

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The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author.
After a massive solar storm erases the world’s technological infrastructure and kills billions, the few survivors discover some among them have…changed.
Rachel Wheeler flees while violent mutants known as “Zapheads” roam the city streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains, where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for doomsday.
When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even at the risk of her own life. But Zapheads aren’t the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. And the Zapheads are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.
Will Rachel reach the compound before the sun goes down forever on the human race?
—“Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody.” – J.A. Konrath, Origin
Scott Nicholson is author of more than 30 books, including The Home, Liquid Fear, Creative Spirit, The Red Church, and Mystery Dance. His website is 
“Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes.” – Bentley Little, The Haunted

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  1. Just OK–Alas Roughly, AFTER: THE SHOCK is about a bunch of survivors trying to stay alive in the wake of a massive solar disruption that have turned most of the population into Zapheads (think zombies but without the hunger issue). As expected, the narrative is strong as is the characterization, but the involvement factor in this one is lacking. Perhaps it is mostly due to its been-there-seen-that plot that of course reminds you of THE STAND or SWAN SONG (to name just a few), or perhaps it’s because of…

  2. And then it ran out of gas… It’s a good read as far as it goes, but that is the problem and the reason I only gave it three stars. I read it on my Kindle and it was a shock when I turned the page and that was all there was. I’ve read a number of trilogies and there is usually some sort of resolution, perhaps with a cliff hanger that leads you to the next volume, but this one just abruptly stops.

  3. Hmmm While not heavy, the religious overtones in this book reminded me of the movie “The Stand” with its long lead up to, potentially, good versus evil. While that movie was okay, I wouldn’t want to watch it again. Though she demonstrated courage in extreme situations, I also had difficulty with the female lead’s refusal to do what the situation called for; In this case kill or be killed. Finally, while I know it was the author’s intent to lead to a sequel, there were too many unanswered…

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