After Thought

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Pub Date 15 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 08 Jun 2023

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AFTER THOUGHT is an electrifying and unforgettable dystopian thriller that imagines what society could look like after America’s second Civil War. In the wake of unspeakable violence, the United States adopts a technology to ensure everlasting peace. But one woman, Ada, uncovering her family’s redacted past and a surveillance company’s role in the war, pushes the nation to the brink of an even bloodier conflict. 

What follows is the immersive account of our heroine, who realizes that she’s more than a victim of the last Civil War; she is the arbiter of the first Neural War. Through this journey Ada struggles to comprehend fact from fiction. Her knowledge, though a heavy burden, ultimately empowers her to brave, world altering decisions. After Thought is a tale for our times, which confronts readers with conventions of censorship and punishment, the necessity and danger of free speech, and horror we may face as technologies become indistinguishable from humans. 

AFTER THOUGHT is an electrifying and unforgettable dystopian thriller that imagines what society could look like after America’s second Civil War. In the wake of unspeakable violence, the United...

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A fantastic and well written Dystopia where people complete through their work assignments to become integrated into a collective consciousness. I look forward to seeing more from this author in the future.

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I was engaged from the description and really glad I got to read this, it did everything that was promised and I enjoyed how good the plot was. The characters had everything that I was looking for and worked in this story. It had a great mystery element that worked with the scifi story. I enjoyed how good Nate Eckman's writing was and am excited to read more from him.

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Thank you to Netgalley and author for this ARC. As always opinion expressed by me, are my own. I loved this book. It was for me the pinnacle of SCIFI. It was easy to read and understand which will appeal to readers that might be new to SCIFI. I loved this mash up of Dystopian and Thriller. This book was very thought-provoking.

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4 stars

This was a phenomenal dystopian novel. Eckman really brought it with the twists, and edge of your seat kind of writing! I was fully engrossed from page one.

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After Thought by Nate Eckman is a gripping and thought-provoking dystopian thriller that takes place in a future America ravaged by its second Civil War. The novel follows Ada, a woman who begins to uncover her family's past and the role a surveillance company played in the war. As Ada delves deeper, she uncovers a technology that promises everlasting peace but threatens to plunge the country into another bloody conflict.

The novel is a fast-paced and immersive account of Ada's journey, as she struggles to differentiate fact from fiction and grapples with the burden of her knowledge. The story raises important questions about censorship, punishment, and the dangers of technology that blurs the line between man and machine. Ada's experiences ultimately empower her to make world-altering decisions, but at a great personal cost.

The writing is engaging and the plot is full of twists and turns that keep the reader engaged until the very end. The characters are well-developed, and Ada's journey is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. After Thought is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, as it presents a chilling vision of a future that could very well become our reality.

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4 🌟 read!!!

What a debut novel! After Thought is a dystopian thriller that follows our heroine Ada as she navigates the complexities of technological control following America’s second civil war. This is definitely a page turner that keeps the surprises coming. I finished a technological thriller (Poster Girl) shortly before reading this book, but it still kept me engaged. The concept of the government using technology to control citizens and make them dependent is not as far removed as I would like it to be - so the novel really is terrifying. It’s a story of resilience, morals, and gore. If you like dystopian novels, this modern twist will keep you reeling.

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4 ⭐

This was a harder read for me. I'm one for romance or thrillers - keeping me on my toes, a quick read. This book, however, was a more intense read than I anticipated and a challenge that I gave myself to try a new genre.

Each chapter unpacked more to Ada's life decisions that she is needing to make, needing to decide what's right and wrong. Really seeing how different she is compared to every other obsolete in her wing. I'm amazed how a single piece of technology can change and perceive things as true or false until that piece of technology is disabled.

This dystopian universe is definitely a book worth reading.

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After Thought by Nate Eckman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even heaven allows hell.

I picked this book specifically because it had a post-American Civil War in its blurb. Seemingly, that was enough for me.

As for the content, it's a bit more of a complete cyberpunk dystopia without the endless capitalist violence. Indeed, in this MANAGED society, people's very memories are suspect. It's chilling and eventually the novel really blows up in an interesting way.

Think Pol Pot if he could have gotten his hands on memory alteration tech, AI personal assistants (and more to run a total massive operation), and a complete erasure of history. No one wants to recall the horrors of war, after all. It's best to take away the bad bits. In here, we start with this as a fait accompli.

I may have had a bit of issues with the writing style at first but once we got out of the explanation modes I was quite involved with the action and reveals. I very well might continue more by this author.

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