Cover Image: Dead of Night (Aftershock series #1)

Dead of Night (Aftershock series #1)

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I bounced between 2.5 and 3 stars for this book but ultimately went with the lower rating because I needed more from this book. There were a lot of good ideas behind it but they could have been executed better. I kept thinking that I had accidentally skipped the first book and was somehow reading the sequel. I actually double and triple checked that this was the first book in the series. The author immediately throws the reader into the thick of things which would be fine if there was more explanations about things. The world building was just okay for me. I wanted to be able to understand who the warring parties were and more about the technology of the time. The environment itself is never explained either and seemed as if it should have been discarded and added to a different story. There were some kind of dust storms and acid rain but the reader is never told why those things were taking place.
There is never any kind of background given to any of the characters which is probably why I had no idea why they were doing the things that they were doing. All I know about Aecker is that his parents are dead and that the people around him see him as a nerd who is not as manly as the other men.
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that my favorite genre is dystopia.  I couldn’t be bothered with a romance novel.  To my dismay, I found myself loving every moment of this unusual take on love in a world where love itself is a crime.  From the very beginning, I found myself captivated with the story of Opel and Aecker.
 
Having been a big reader of dystopia, I know how this genre has swelled over the past few years and has found itself being written into near exhaustion.  This author has breathed new life into the genre and taken a unique and fresh approach which is both mesmerizing and completely satisfying.  Love is universal, take that away and what happens?   This story exams that and more.
 
There are so many layers to this story; loss, hope, betrayal, frustration and so much more.  The choices of the characters lead them through many difficult situations.  The action and the character reactions kept the story moving along.  There were times where the story seemed to have a bit of a lull or feel a bit too much, but the author eventually moved it back into the direction needed before it got to distracting.
 
I recommend this book to all lovers of the dystopia genre, especially those that are looking for something a bit more close to the heart.  I look forward to reading further in this series and from the author, herself.
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I love dystopian novels and this one was no exception! The author has a great writing style. Edge of your seat til the end style! I read this book in one sitting bc I enjoyed it so much! Can't wait to read the next one! 
The main characters Opel & Aecker are awesome and hard not to love! They are both a great team and Opel is so strong willed despite losing her memory. 
This book is awesome!

Given a digital copy by Netgally & Publisher for a fair & honest review.
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2.5 star

Thank you so much to Fire Quill Publishing via netgalley for sending me a copy of Dead of Night  by Caryle Labuschagne . 

I really enjoyed the main character Opel, i think her quiet vulnerability made her more realistic. I also thought ot was interesting to have her not have any memories. That was unique, but it made her confused but also made me confused at times. 

It is a dystopian and i thought the world was well done, the characters were developed, but the story itself didnt keept my attention. 

It wasnt what i was expecting, from the description i thought it would be filled with action and drama but it was slowly paced with little action and not much drama. 
Also the plot of the story was rushed, i would finally start getting into the story and something new would happen and i had to refigure out what was happening.
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Thank you netgalley for the advanced readers copy for a fair review

I walked into this book excited as heck, but ended up disappointed. The characters were completely 2-D and I couldn't connect to the story for a second. I pushed through it, and the story and ideas were there, I just feel like it should be expanded. The characters should be better written and the story adding details instead of rushing through so quickly.
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Not for me. Started out better than it ended. Almost couldn't finish. I didn't feel connected to the characters or the story.
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I enjoyed this book the premise was interesting. I loved the writing and i will be reading more from this author in the future
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