The Shock (After, #1) by Scott Nicholson


The Shock (After, #1)
Title : The Shock (After, #1)
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Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 319

A massive solar storm erases the world s technological infrastructure and kills billions While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them arechanged.


The Shock (After, #1) Reviews


  • 11811 (Eleven)

    Honest reviews are a bitch It means that every now and then I have to give a one star rating I hate that It seems mean But it s honest Seriously, I hate it.I received this from Audiobookblast in exchange for a review, I think they preferred honest, and here we are Considering who gave me the book, we should start with the audio.I strongly disliked the narration It was read well with proper enunciation and displayed a substantial talent when it comes to portraying different characters thro Honest reviews are a bitch It means that every now and then I have to give a one star rating I hate that It seems mean But it s honest Seriously, I hate it.I received this from Audiobookblast in exchange for a review, I think they preferred honest, and here we are Considering who gave me the book, we should start with the audio.I strongly disliked the narration It was read well with proper enunciation and displayed a substantial talent when it comes to portraying different characters through the use of inflection but this was a unique case where every character invoked came across as cheesy and cliche The only way I can explain how cheery all these voices were is to show you this and hope it s enough to make my point.Everyone sounded like a character from this type of program The cheesy sounding narrator is partly to blame, the cheesy dialogue takes the rest of the responsibility I switched between Audio and ebook because the narrator was driving me nuts but this isn t whispersync enabled, making it harder to do both at the same time I tried to stick with the audio since this is an audio review but I really hated it so I relied heavily on the Kindle version as well One star for the audio One star for the book.This is my first Nicholson book and I wish I picked a sub genre that was less beaten to death than the post apocalyptic zombie routine I ve heard some good things about this guy and he seems to have all the basic writing tools in place but this was a jump on the bandwagon story, with little originality and an open ended plot that leaves zero satisfaction because the story doesn t end it stops There s a difference Unless you re cool with reading this as a smaller part of an incomplete story that you look forward to reading in installments, I would steer clear Book 1 was not self contained It relies on whatever happens next It s also not a comic book and if it were, my review would reflect the difference in mediums, and why the episodic structure doesn t work here the way it does in the graphic novel world.Yes, I m a Walking Dead fan Cliffhangers work just fine there.I hate to rely on the Old Faithfuls of the post apoc literary world but try to imagine THE STAND or SWAN SONG broken up into parts It doesn t work When you start to staccato the hell out of your singular narrative, you lose readers Well, you lost this one, at least It s a common tool these days, chopping up one book into many so it can be sold than once I get that, but I m not a fan of it.Lastly, I gotta mention the overabundance of religion used in this story I wouldn t label it as religious literature, but there is enough Christian Eschatology 101 littered throughout the story to make me occasionally have to confirm that I wasn t reading the latest installment in the LEFT BEHIND Series Nothing new Just generic characters asking themselves rhetorical cliche questions about the meaning of life, god, etc A sixth grade Sunday School pamphlet would have been a efficient avenue.And lastly, didn t I do lastly already , The Zombies in this story are called Zapheads I won t explain it but I ll let it bounce around in your brain until you decide for yourself whether or not that is an incredibly stupid name for the undead Every time it was used, I cringed I hated it It was almost enough to ruin the story all on its own.Thanks for the book, Audiobookblast Sorry it didn t go a little better but I can t recommend this one

  • Emma Sea

    Not for me The characterization was flat, the plot development didn t interest me, and I ended up not giving a damn about anyone No sense of danger, fear, or excitement.

  • Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on I was severely underwhelmed by this take on the zombie apocalypse And it was not even due to the zombies, or Zapheads as they are called, either But seriously, what is wrong with calling a zombie a zombie Solar flares have destroyed all technology and also most of mankind The surviving few notice that some of them are human no , instead they are killing everything in their path For fun, apparently as they don t seem to eat the Read all my reviews on I was severely underwhelmed by this take on the zombie apocalypse And it was not even due to the zombies, or Zapheads as they are called, either But seriously, what is wrong with calling a zombie a zombie Solar flares have destroyed all technology and also most of mankind The surviving few notice that some of them are human no , instead they are killing everything in their path For fun, apparently as they don t seem to eat them In this mess we find several group of survivors, all trying to adjust to this new world, called After And here is my biggest problem with the book the characters are all so terribly clich d that it almost physically hurt me I can t even begin to describe all of them but it caused a lot of eye rolls Also, the ending is very, very abrupt, or even close to there no being an ending at all The book just ends, with nothing resolved and no questions answered, and you ll have to continue with the second book I think I ll pass

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

    I received this book to review from the Author All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.Review After The Shock introduces us to a world gone mad after a solar flare strikes Earth The majority of the population has been wiped out in the blink of an eye Those unfortunate to survive have to deal with what is left behind These aren t technically Zombies since they aren t cannibals but still scary nonetheless and I feel they are close enough to count Zap I received this book to review from the Author All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.Review After The Shock introduces us to a world gone mad after a solar flare strikes Earth The majority of the population has been wiped out in the blink of an eye Those unfortunate to survive have to deal with what is left behind These aren t technically Zombies since they aren t cannibals but still scary nonetheless and I feel they are close enough to count Zapheads as we learn are humans reduce to their most basic primal state They kill without prejudice and exhibit all the traits a proper Z head should What s worse is they are evolving but into what exactly That is the question and something I can t exactly answer for you I thought I had a grasp on what the Zapheads were and was prepared to hate them all equally but by the end I was actually, dare I say it, feeling sorry for them It s like Zapheads were in a foggy haze and as the book progresses they start slowly crawling back from whatever recesses in their mind they had been locked in I really cannot wait to see where this transformation leads us in the next book As the thought of them potentially coming out of this state is fascinating, especially considering what they d done while in it.The Characters in After The Shock were likable enough The story is told from multiple POV s which is fun since we get to follow a variety of personalities and backgrounds If you re wondering who my favorite might be, that would have to be Campbell I felt he was the most grounded in reality and loyal to a fault as proven time and time again as he looks for his drunken friend Pete.What I didn t like however is the lack of world building I don t know if the Author is holding out for the second book or is just going to skip it entirely but a couple pages at the beginning showing before the Flare would ve been a nice to see It doesn t downrate the book but personally I would of liked to see the characters in their lives before the world went to hell in a handbasket.Overall this was a great addition to the Post Apocalyptic genre and a series I no doubt will follow It does have a few small flaws but those can be forgiven since the story was just so entertaining If you like unconventional Zombies, Post Apocalyptic books and plausible dooms day scenarios then pick this up I will be rating After The Shock by Scott Nicholson

  • Erin

    Was Nicholson serious with that Afterword I m glad he called himself a survivalist nutjob and saved the rest of us the trouble About the actual book though I thought it had an interesting premise and I liked that the characters were all very real No overly perfect heroines, no muscle bound savior heros with impossibly chiseled abs and perfect teeth However, the ending was terrible It just stops, no closure and it didn t even give me much idea about whether there would be a sequel or if th Was Nicholson serious with that Afterword I m glad he called himself a survivalist nutjob and saved the rest of us the trouble About the actual book though I thought it had an interesting premise and I liked that the characters were all very real No overly perfect heroines, no muscle bound savior heros with impossibly chiseled abs and perfect teeth However, the ending was terrible It just stops, no closure and it didn t even give me much idea about whether there would be a sequel or if the story was just completely finished Either way I wouldn t read another one Also, was it just me or were there a few parts where the plot didn t quite match up from one moment to the next A character might have a thought or say something and then a few paragraphs later that would be contradicted Seems like a good editor might be in order

  • Chip

    DISCLOSURE I received a copy of this book from the author to review I enjoy a good post apocalyptic book and when the author offered me a copy of the book for free to review and I d heard good things about the author.The action was good and I enjoyed the plot The characters were decent, but a bit too one dimensional for my taste, but that could have all be overlooked except for one thing.The book ended way too abruptly I don t mind cliff hangers and I don t mind series books The problem i DISCLOSURE I received a copy of this book from the author to review I enjoy a good post apocalyptic book and when the author offered me a copy of the book for free to review and I d heard good things about the author.The action was good and I enjoyed the plot The characters were decent, but a bit too one dimensional for my taste, but that could have all be overlooked except for one thing.The book ended way too abruptly I don t mind cliff hangers and I don t mind series books The problem is that the book just ended It is almost as though an editor gave the author a deadline and then published all of the chapters that were received as of that date.The series shows good promise especially if you want to read the entire series at once and after the writing is tightened up a bit

  • Scott Thompson

    Great imaginative new view on the subject Any fan of The Walking Dead will love this Never a dull moment in this book Many things going on at once with several groups of people but never gets you lost or confused like a lot of books do Ranks as one of Nicholson s best works Get this book You won t regret it Can t wait until the next one in what hopefully is a long series

  • Shawn

    Way too many religious references for my taste, especially in what I thought was going to be a zombie story I m sorry I invested my time in it, since I have little to no desire to read any of the following books in the series.

  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    The synopsis for After the Shock looked interesting, and the cover, while somewhat typical especially in color tones definitely caught my attention As usual, I m a sucker for a post apocalyptic setting with potential zombies, so I eagerly dived into this book However, it quickly became a bit disappointing With the initial introduction of the characters, it seemed like the author set out to make things as cliche and hard for himself as he possibly could Oh, white lady and black thug Th The synopsis for After the Shock looked interesting, and the cover, while somewhat typical especially in color tones definitely caught my attention As usual, I m a sucker for a post apocalyptic setting with potential zombies, so I eagerly dived into this book However, it quickly became a bit disappointing With the initial introduction of the characters, it seemed like the author set out to make things as cliche and hard for himself as he possibly could Oh, white lady and black thug That s an potentially antagonistic pairing check Former boyscout that could survive on his own quite well possibly Well, he needs to be held back by something Lets give him an alcoholic roommate who is drowning his sorrows in the After check Oh, oh, waiiiit, white lady also, lets make her really religious and black guy that ain t enough Lets add a traumatized kid to the mix 3 Star Review for After the Shock by Scott NicholsonIt ended up not being a bad book, and I liked the not quite zombies and direction Nicholson seemed to be heading in with them, but overall it was so typical in so many ways that I was glad when I was finished reading it simply because I ve read so many versions of this type of book before I didn t skim the book I read every word yet reading it felt like skimming it It was like there was no depth to it It was just an almost cookie cutter post apocalyptic book Can t say I d recommend it.For other science fiction, horror, thriller, and kids books reviews, please visit Scifi and Scary s Book Reviews

  • G.G.

    I didn t intend to read another zombie story I was looking for a novella to read in between other books and touched the cover by accident It opened, I read a few pages, and I thought, that will do I don t need to finish it anyway Well I did Like most zombie stories, the book has no ending and promises to have a sequel or two None of the plot lines were actually finished or at least not in a way that would leave you satisfied It s well written though and even if the genre isn t new, the I didn t intend to read another zombie story I was looking for a novella to read in between other books and touched the cover by accident It opened, I read a few pages, and I thought, that will do I don t need to finish it anyway Well I did Like most zombie stories, the book has no ending and promises to have a sequel or two None of the plot lines were actually finished or at least not in a way that would leave you satisfied It s well written though and even if the genre isn t new, the author found a way to make it original The zombies called zapheads because it happened after solar flares are different from other zombies you see in most books They act differently They are not crazed killers Actually, they seem to be able to think and coordinate attacks and might even have feelings If you re not tired of the genre, you should give it a try, but know there are many books in the series