Book Review #45: Afterlife by Marcus Sakey



Title: Afterlife

Author: Marcus Sakey

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, with elements of Romance

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication:  July 18th 2017

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN 13: 9781477848401


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Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people—until he sees they’re carrying machetes.

Welcome to the afterlife.

Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic. Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody. But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.

From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just the beginning?

I don’t know how to start this review. I don’t know how I would be able to justify writing this review. Am I even worthy enough to review a book of such calibre?

Afterlife is one of those rare gems which come by only once in a lifetime. If I could I would have written the whole review in all caps, it was so marvellous! This book has opened up my mind, both literally and metaphorically. After a long time, I have been so invested in a book. The words and writing were poetry – I could feel the author taking his time, choosing the right words, and putting in the effort to write this book. The characters – Will, Claire, and others – felt so real. The relationship between Will and Claire was so pure, I could feel their love in me. Worth mentioning is Edmund, who starts off the book that with a bang. Edmund was unworldly. This book was unworldly! It was shocking, overwhelming, unbelievable. At every quarter a goal would be accomplished and I would be like – Now what? Then the author will bring out another twist from his magic hat and blow me away. This book created fireworks in my brain, I could feel it expand with all the amazing happenings. The plot is mind-blowing, mind-boggling, mind-bending. This beast of a book was a feast for my mind. This book had elements of The Matrix, Ghost, Inception and Titanic. This book is a thriller, romance, fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural, all in one. I was wonderstruck by the end of the book. Also, I cried happy tears – the third time I ever cried for a book (first two being – Kane and Abel and All the Light We Cannot See). This book actually stupefied me and I am still in its trance.


I’m thankful that I remember the day I bought this book. I was almost not going to bring this book home. I liked the blurb but didn’t know if I liked it enough to read it. Thank God I ended up buying this book. It would have been such a big mistake if I had felt the book on the shelf.

Final Verdict:

Afterlife deserves all the stars in the universe. But since I have only 5 with me, I’ll give them all.

So, Afterlife by Marcus Sakey gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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