Audiobook Review: Afterlight by Alex Scarrow

29 01 2011

Afterlight by Alex Scarrow

Read by David John

Isis Audio

When I first read Last Light by Alex Scarrow, I had mixed feelings. It had some decent post apocalyptic moments for me, but also had a sort of annoying “Illuminati” like sub plot that was a bit distracting. So, I was a little hesitant when I began to read Afterlight, the sequel to Last Light. My major concern was the expansion of the conspiracy sub plot to the dominant focus of the book. Well, I was very glad that wasn’t the case. In fact, all in all, Afterlight is a much more satisfying listen.

First off, while we see some of the same characters, we see then 10 years after the events of Last Light. Still struggling to survive, the essences of the characters remain, yet they are altered.  Yet, even more drastic is the change of the world around them. The oil crisis describes in the first book leads to a brutal world. Thee Sutherlands from the first book have lost some of the luster, with Jenny, the matriarch of the family still suffering from abuse from the hands of raiders. This makes Jenny a good leader if somewhat less balanced. This is an intriguing change from the career women we see in the first novel. With these changes in both setting and characters we are treated to the type of tale that post apocalyptic fans enjoy, full of brutality, yet hope.

If I had any complaints about the book, it would be the frequent soliloquies on how evil our oil addicted consumer based society was, and how unhappy its inhabitants were. While this attitude was expressed most often by the deranged antagonist, it was also prevalent among the musings of the hero’s. I understand the overall sentiments of the author yet, I find this sort of sentiment to become annoying. Yes, maybe there are some joys in returning to the “simple ways” but I also feel like we idealize ways of the past instead of trying to reform our ways by embracing our present and working to better it. While not as distracting as the Evil World Order subplot, it was a bit trying at times.

David Johns again does the narration with his soft spoke British style. My only real complaint was his horrible Homer Simpson impersonation that was supposed to be “spot on.” Other than that, his performance fit the material.

Grade: B

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1 02 2011
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