After the Fear is an upper YA Dystopian novel about a girl that is chosen to be a Demonstrator. What's a Demonstrator? Basically she's a gladiator. Anyway, that aside; what I thought of the book.
I couldn't put After the Fear down. I read it in two days when I had four set aside. I stayed up way too late reading, and if you have kids and a day job you know that sleep is very precious to me lol. This book was faced paced and exciting right from the first chapter and had me wondering if the "couple" was going to make it, if Sola was going to make it, and what the heck is going on with Great Britain?!
Intrigued? I hope so.
The characters have depth and are interesting, though at times petty. Some people complained that the characters were too blood thirsty at times, but need I remind you of books like Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and probably many more that I haven't read that deal with the fact that deep down humans will do what it takes to survive, and if put in the right situation it can turn downright ugly.
Now let's take a minute to look at our heroine, Sola. I loved her. She is flawed, she struggles with questions of right and wrong in the situation she is in, yet there are certain things she holds onto that help keep her grounded. She's stubborn, sometimes her pride gets in the way, but in the end that makes her a well rounded character that although she has many redeeming qualities, she's not perfect and therefore relatable.
Back story is where this book may fall slightly short. Although a lot is answered in the final legs of the novel, there is still a lot of back story missing. However, the pure enjoyment of the story makes up for that and I think you'll barely miss it. It's not going to leave you with gaping holes and you wondering... but, what? But you may be left with some curiosity as to how it all started.
I give After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers 4 out of 5 stars. She had a great story, interesting, well paced and great characters. It's a great read and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 15 as it gets a little gory at times (The word gladiator should give that away).
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You have not attended a Demonstration this month.
In Sola’s city, everyone obeys the rules. Stay away from the trigger cameras and regularly update your Debtbook, and you just might survive. But having to watch the way criminals are dealt with—murdered by Demonstrators in the Stadium—is a law Sola tries to avoid. When a charming Demonstrator kisses her at a party, however, she’s thrust into the Stadium and forced into the very role she despises.
Armed with only natural resourcefulness and a caring nature, Sola narrowly survives her first bout. Her small success means she’s whisked off to a training camp, where she discovers a world beyond the trigger cameras and monitoring—a world where falling in love with a killer doesn’t seem so terrible.
Yet life as a Demonstrator has no peace. Sola must train her way through twenty-five more Demonstrations before she can return home to her father. At the end of each battle, only one survivor remains.
Sola could face anyone in the Stadium . . . even a loved one.
About the Author:
Rosanne lives in Birmingham, UK and considers it one of her favourite cities, second only to Rome. She delights in writing for children and young adults and hopes to bring readers to an unfamiliar yet alluring setting. Rosanne was inspired to write when she read the Harry Potter books, and at age fourteen, she wrote romance fanfiction on just about every pairing you could dream up from the HP series. She currently lives with her partner and two bunny rabbits and is working on a post-apocalyptic adventure book for middle grade readers.