Afterburner, the first book in the NEXT series by Scott Nicholson is a heavy, post-apocalyptic adventure that will not let you up for one second. Afterburn is an intense ride in the same vein as classic, apocalypse fiction, but in a modern and diverse narrative. The book takes place in a pre-established world that is in Scott’s AFTER series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
It is five years after a solar storm wiped out the human race and spawned a race of bizarre mutants. A few survivors are left and their life has become a routine battle for survival. Rachel Wheeler is the main character in this book, even though it touches on a lot of POVs within this short story. Rachel is a half mutant that has been living in a military bunker with two teens, her boyfriend and a mutant baby. Right there could give Nicholson fodder for a crazy story, but he expands it to include a few other characters, survivors the group meets up with, loners and even a military division.
I never quite found a set goal to the book. It was survivors, surviving and you only get a somewhat goal until the very end. Then the book ends leaving you wanting more. He introduces a lot of things in this book and there are tons of plot threads that will have to be wrapped up in later books. I would recommend having the next one lined up before you start this one so you can move right along.
Overall, it was a good book. Nicholson can tell a good story. His characters can interact a little scripted, but this is the usual case within a post apocalyptic novel of this like. It really did remind me of the classic apocalypse novels, like Alas, Babylon and Lucifer’s Hammer. Which is high praise for this book. I wish it was longer and I wish there was more emphasis on the characters. But, I did enjoy it. I would also recommend reading his AFTER series before this one. You don’t need it, but I think it would enhance this book greatly.
Narration: The narration was excellent. I have to say Kevin Clay was perfect for the book and added to it.
I received this book for free from Provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Afterburn by Scott Nicholsonon 06-28-16