[Book Review] Afterimage

afterimageTitle: Afterimage

 Author: J. Kowallis

 Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA Romance

 Published: May 7th 2015 by Createspace

 Series: The Enertia Trials #1

 My rating: ★★★


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.

My Review:

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Afterimage by J. Kowallis is a fast paced dystopian romance set after World War III.
I have no strong feelings towards this book. It had its own set of merits and demerits that left me feeling quite nuetral towards it in the end.

What I liked about the book:

  • It was more focused on actually telling the story rather than describing the characters’ sex lives. The sole focus of this book wasn’t romance and the author actually took out time to build a story.
  • The book was action packed with gory details included in the torture scenes making them more believable and vivid inside my head.
  • It has been written through multiple POVs giving us a chance to understand every character better and feel what they were feeling.
  • Characters in most dystopian novels are teenagers but here, most of them were in their 20’s which gave them a new level of maturity which was nice and refreshing to read about.

What I didn’t like about the book:

  • The plot was a typical dystopian plot. The story was somewhat interesting but it was not something  that stands out in a crowd of books and screams ‘READ ME!’
  • A lot of parts of the book were predictable and didn’t provide me with the wow factor that I was hoping for
  • I feel that the background could have been constructed with more details. There could also have been more details provided regarding the Public One.
  • Even though I’d eventually like to read the next book in this series, I am not rushing into buying it. In other words, the ending did not leave me craving for more.

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About The Author:

j-kowallsJ. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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