Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
If you were offered a pill that would let you see God, would you take it? Although not the total premise of this book, it is a very interesting question with a lot of connotations to it. The story itself focuses on Dr. Lyda Rose, who after a traumatic overdose of NME 10 finds herself in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. This is where we find Lyda when the story starts.
Afterparty feels very much like a quest. After Lyda leaves the hospital she is soon on the search to find the supplier of Numinous, which is very similar to NME 10. Lyda believes it can only be someone form Little Sprout, the company she was one of the founders of (Little Sprout were looking to find a cure for schizophrenia but ended up making a drug that connected you to God).
Throughout the story we are taken on a journey into the past, to find out what happened to a Lyda to make her so drug dependent. I found Lyda to be an enjoyable character; she is extremely dominant and headstrong. Lyda is driven by her past to actions which put not only herself but her friends in danger.
Lyda doesn’t take her journey alone, she is being helped by Ollie and Bobby, both people she met in hospital but who are loyal to Lyda, even if it is a case of the blind leading the blind. This is a world set in the not too distant future, where 3D printers can create the designer drug du jour or create fantasy hybrids with distribution seemingly far easier than it is today as you could just create your own.
I really enjoyed Afterparty, it’s fast paced and shows a world with a lot of problems; some of these are due to the overabundance of drugs as well as the variety on offer. It is easy to overlook the social problems this causes, when everyone is always looking for a good time. Going back to the question I posed at the start - if offered, would you try a drug that would connect you to God? Would it make a difference if you already followed a religion or if you were an atheist? Would a drug like that be a good or a bad thing?
This Afterparty book review was written by Michelle Herbert
Have you read Afterparty?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Afterparty reader reviews
8/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now on...
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the kno...
For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the four...
The Sixth World of Men
Walter E Mark
On the surface, the sixth world of men is a glorious world. It is a world of great technological advancement. It is a world that has been at peace for a hundred years. Whil...
The Lathe of Heaven
Ursula Le Guin
George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams d...
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi...
The Chronicles of Fate and Choice
This is where it all began. Everything. Love, hate, good, evil, us and them. Before the Gods by KS Turner successfully breaks the genre rules to produce something unique, c...
A combination of previously unseen stories, favourites from Interzone and contributions to numerous anthologies, IMAGINED SLIGHTS showcases one of the most versatile and el...
A Scanner Darkly
Philip K Dick
Substance D is not known as Death for nothing. It is the most toxic drug ever to find its way on to the streets of LA. It destroys the links between the brain's two hem...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: