After the Virus: After the Virus, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Henry never realized he was special. Sure, he’s an engineer who served his country, but when the virus hit, he found himself alone in a nearly empty world.
That’s the key, though: nearly empty.
There’s no one left who has the technical know-how to make the world run again...except for Henry. For humanity to survive, he will have to rebuild society out of the motley crew of survivors. It might be impossible, but at the same time, Henry has always loved a challenge.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 03, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #195,391 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,585 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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The book is great. The only things that brought down my rating is the talk of sharing his women with other men in the future and the religious nut job as the villan.
The story picks up after traveling to the CDC and discovering additional survivors. There are discussions between Jackie and the main character about "sharing himself" with other women to repopulate the planet. Both are okay with it and he acts upon this by having sex with a female survivor from the CDC. He informs Jackie of his actions and she accepts it - then suggests a threesome.
I'm glad the story ended there with no mention of a sequel. The last chapter introduces a religious fanatic who convinces his followers to find this group of survivors and kill them. So I have to assume a sequel in underway. I will pass on continuing this series.
I found several editing issues and suggest that if the author is considering a rewrite, then remove the sex scenes and innuendos from the rewrite, which seems to be a real turnoff to many readers.
So, here is my honest thought about this story. it starts basically, with a slight twist to the "everyone gets sick" tale used to remove any scenes of people actually getting sick. This allows it to jump into the "let's rebuild" part of the tale quickly. And that part is solid. The hero is thoughtful and resourceful. His early companions are interesting and while the relationships build fast, they aren't at the stupid horny level so many of these harem tales insist on using.
I did see issues with the travel, not that it was too hard/ too easy. More that people run into people who make me wonder how they could survive any kind of apocalypses. One thing that The Stand by Steven King did right was include the fact that many survivors of the plague died quickly due to bad decisions they made. That doesn't happen here, and some characters who show a lack of common sense manage to survive quite a while.
And then we had the major villain, both for this book and the one hinted/revealed for the future. Sorry, I've had enough of that type. They are cliche to a level I dislike. There just isn't anything new in those plotlines. And while the story is well written and has some engaging characters, those less than interesting plot twists make me downgrade this book so barely above 2 stars.
Its not really a bad book, but I rate on how/if I'd recommend this one. I know that I'd be hesitant to recommend it to many people. It just rubbed me the wrong way by using overused cliche villains in another apocalypse tale.
I didnt like the quick jump into sex and harem, maybe add a disclaimer at the bottom of the book description.
Dont treat the female characters like they are there to just have babies and do women duties; the character development for Jackie jumped too many extremes, if you're going to have her shift like that, maybe add a scene where she is burying her mother and then reminisces over future baby plans and how her parents always wanted grandchildren. There was no exposition into Jackie's thought process for the drastic shift from "Im a badass survivor, to Yeah! Babies!"
The church egotistical church leader as the big bad was an awesome touch! I like it. I hope Henry slaughters them all in the future books.
Pacing, I understand the first book is world building, so you will have a lot of text about exploration, maybe try and incorporate some difficulties instead of just have the main character experience a series of perpetual, "lucky days."
Four out of five; I like the book, but some things about the characters were hard to believe and the story dragged in places. I will still buy the next in the series and see where this author takes the story.
Overall, I gave this four stars because
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Good content and fun to read. (with a side order of sex!)
It concentrates on the problems that could be encountered AFTER a pandemic.
Makes you want to get the second book in the series.