"Debut series challenges natural cycle of life with intriguing results"
Reviewed by Becky Pena
Posted July 21, 2010
Death is a natural phase of life; creation follows death as
death follows creation, it's a cycle of fact. Merrie
Destefano takes the fear of dying to the next level in
AFTERLIFE by throwing readers into another apocalyptic
universe where the race to immortality becomes unavoidable
and chaotic with the technology of resurrection in the works.
You can jump when you die, into another body made and ready
to download your past life. You get nine tries to get it
right; new body, same memories. As the Nine-timers draw
closer to their last days, the race to finding immortality
becomes strained. Riots turn into mass killings; each life
becoming shorter than the one before it when those who have
tasted the dangling samples of immortality wish to never
leave. This is a world where people pray for the living
instead of the dead and where a baby cannot be born without
a true death certificate from someone within the family.
AFTERLIFE is a macabre hidden thriller written in first
person with a different character perspective each chapter.
At first the writing style takes away from the hourly action
of the book, but the story continues and facts are unveiled
as more gothic truths are placed within the pages. Destefano
takes the power of life and death away from the master
himself. Characters question if technology and life should
be mixed and altered when they remember a shorter lifespan
was originally given to them.
Defying death is portrayed well in AFTERLIFE, the first of
the Resurrection Chronicles, but can Destefano
continue to give us more within her gothic city of New
Orleans? Her unique imagination gives us a great first story
and readers something to look forward to in the rest of the
In the near future New Orleans, resurrection technology
allows you to live more than one life, choosing your next
life and family as you see fit. Music and jive-sweet swallow
the city in pleasure and pain, as the Underground Circus
lurks for the unwary. Now, you can be anyone you want: just
sign one little consent form for a fresh start, and your
chance at heaven.
Chaz Domingue is a Babysitter - charged with protecting
souls in their first week of new life. But Angelique is far
from your average charge, one dark powers have been waiting
for. And as she struggles to remember the treacherous
secrets from her past, evil searches for the ultimate prize
- the secret to true immortality - and only Chaz and
Angelique can stop them.
You only get nine lives. Use them wisely.
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