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Book Review: Afterimage (Enertia Trials 1)

AfterimageAuthor: J. Kowallis
Format: eBook (Review copy)
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult, Action
Date of Publish: May 7 2015
Number of Pages: 406


Reggie’s dreams . . .
aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:


How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.


Blogger Note: I received an eBook copy of the book as part of the book tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. This wouldn’t affect my opinion about the book in any way.

Afterimage by J. Kowalis is one hell of a book. I liked how action packed the book is, the whole time I was reading Afterimage I was on that figurative “edge of the seat”. The events of the book are so exciting and thrilling that it had me flippin’ and breezin’ through the pages ’til I reached the end. Its so bloody and brutal but it somehow made the book striking.

The book is told in different characters’ point of views which is cool since I can get to know the important characters better and know what kind of agenda they might have through out the book.

The character development of the characters are pretty good but only few stand out to me like Nate, Reggie, London and Hugh but the others felt like they lacked something for me to actually feel them. London’s character development is the most remarkable one for he get to become the man that he should be and not treated as a little vulnerable boy, thanks to Reggie for making him feel stronger. The relationship between Nate and Olivia or Liv feels forced. The moment the words ” We’re gonna make it work” came out of Nate’s mouth, I just know that its not gonna. The chemistry between the two characters just felt off, kind of made me cringe because in Nate’s POV, its just one-way because he doesn’t feel the same and then there’s Liv demanding on what’s more between them two. I like how strong Reggie’s personality is, she never let herself be intimidated by Nate or other people from their horde. Yes she might take the blame but she didn’t let that make her weak, that made me admire her so much.

The past or ‘what happened before’ before The Public existed is presented in a way where we get a glimpse of it in some of the Nomad characters POV especially Nate’s back story. There isn’t unnecessary info-dumps that could confuse readers.

What confused me was when we hit the climatic event of the book where Reggie was having visions on what’s gonna happen few minutes before it actually happen that had me saying “Did it happen IRL or just vision?”. The things such as DNA alterations and modifications that the Public One did to the children to make them ” perfect ” is both disturbing and fascinating. This is like some X-men stuff that involves science to make mutants or enhanced humans.

I’m looking forward on reading the second installment of the series which is called Encender and learn more about the world of Enertia.

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