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Drugs, intrigue, and ever present sarcastic deities make for a novel like no other.

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Afterparty is a positively thrilling read with an explosive finish, and I couldn’t put it down.

Posted April 22, 2014 by

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“Lo, I am with you always.”

The future is a different place in a lot of ways, but one thing remains the same – a craving to escape reality and the problems that come along with it. In a time when just about anyone can download recipes and plans off the internet and print out their very own smart drugs, addiction and everything that accompanies it are a rampant problem in both Canada and the US. But there’s a new drug on the street that’s scaring Lyda Rose with its eerie similarities to the drug that irrevocably changed her life.

Lyda is serving her time in an inpatient facility when a young girl comes in, seemingly hopped up on God. A desperately poor homeless teen, Francine has nonetheless found happiness at last, in the form of a drug called Numinous. Numinous is like nothing else, in that it makes its users feel as though God – in whatever form they believe in him – is right there with them. With this newfound hope, its users finally believe that a higher power cares, that their life is worth something. Withdrawal from hope is a terrible thing though, and Francine just can’t take life without it.

Lyda Rose just can’t shake the similarities between Numinous and the drug her company created ten years ago – the drug that took away everything she’d work for, and everything worth living for. NME 110 was their ticket to success until something went terribly wrong, and Lyda vowed it would never have the chance to ruin another life. Addict or not, delusional or not, Lyda needs to get out of the facility and out into the streets. She’ll track down those responsible for bringing Numinous to the people or die trying.

Afterparty is a masterfully written novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. From the churches run by Mexican gang leaders to the tough as nails Millionaires Club to the gifted yet troubled young girl behind the scenes, there is an element of the unusual that keeps things unpredictable – but it all ties together so very well. The characters, flawed though each of them may be, are likable and relatable as they struggle to uncover the source of the drug. Through it all, Lyda’s very own angel provides wisdom and comic relief, even as both Lyda and the readers struggle with the issue of whether she is real or a product of Lyda’s damaged mind. Afterparty is a positively thrilling read with an explosive finish, and I couldn’t put it down.


U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)