Book: AfterLife by S.P. Cloward
|4.3 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
S.P. Clowardabout this book: Using scientific theory and ancient legends, S.P. Cloward's book, AfterLife, suggests a possible explanation for the origin of zombie and vampire stories. Attracting readers from 16 to 60, the book is spanning the distance between those who love the paranormal and those who prefer more "believable" fiction. Ije Kanu, editor of literary fiction at Bellaonline.com states, "AfterLife is not quite in the horror genre, neither is it the usual, casual read….It's quite different from the usual zombie/undead plots that have been so overused…You will not be able to put this one down …"
One of the reasons AfterLife has successfully transcended the typical zombie/vampire genre and audience is the plausible explanation it provides for where such stories come from – in an unsettling but believable way. Readers who typically enjoy other types of fiction are falling prey to the "what if" question that makes this book so unique and turns it into "believable fiction."
AfterLife claims that prior to recorded history, a small genetic mutation occurred that created a race of humans now found among all civilizations around the globe. This race is known as Mortui; those whose spirits do not leave their bodies when they die. Living beings do not even recognize them for what they are even in passing, or realize their dependence on "living energy" for survival. They are the source of all "living dead" legends.
The story follows Wesley Lohmann, a young man who discovers upon his premature death that he belongs to this select group. Wes' transition plunges him into the center of a struggle between two groups of Mortui, those who seek to coexist peacefully with humans and those who wish to use and rule them, a struggle that carries over into the treacherous world of dreams. The delicate balance human and post-human societies have maintained for millennia is threatened by a recent scientific discovery that offers Mortui the hope of returning to human life, and human sensation, but at a terrible cost.
This book is for anyone who wants to escape into a world that is slightly different from our own. The novel, by its very nature would appeal to fans of zombie and vampire stories, but because of its unique approach also appeals to readers who are interested in something new.
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