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Afterdeath ➼ [Reading] ➾ Afterdeath By Benoit Chartier ➱ – Thomashillier.co.uk Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable doorRaised by their grandmother after their parents death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose The Alzheimer s that Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable doorRaised by their grandmother after their parents death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose The Alzheimer s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip which spells their demise Now the question is What comes after, and how will they get back to life.


10 thoughts on “Afterdeath

  1. C.E. Clayton C.E. Clayton says:

    Many of us have wondered what comes after we die, and that is precisely what Chartier attempts to imagine with Afterdeath This is the story of twin sisters Chloe and Olivia who outside of having a ridiculously sad backstory decide to go on a road trip to reconnect with one another after being separated for awhile in the foster care system Along the way, tragedy strikes again, and the sisters find themselves, well, dead From there, you d think they d immediately either freak out and try to f Many of us have wondered what comes after we die, and that is precisely what Chartier attempts to imagine with Afterdeath This is the story of twin sisters Chloe and Olivia who outside of having a ridiculously sad backstory decide to go on a road trip to reconnect with one another after being separated for awhile in the foster care system Along the way, tragedy strikes again, and the sisters find themselves, well, dead From there, you d think they d immediately either freak out and try to figure out what happened and what to do and they do for maybe a page before deciding to just wander aimlessly for a bit or they d try to return to the land of the living which they don t even figure out is a thing until about 200 pages into this 324 page book It took awhile to get into the story, and there are certain sections and characters where the authors creativity and voice truly shine, but, personally, this was a hard book for me to get through.Like I mentioned, the sisters don t do much after they find themselves recently deceased, they wander around and half heartedly try to figure out where to go It s a way for the author to introduce the reader to the afterlife world he s created But I found the execution a bit frustrating as it takes until about page 140 for the sisters to gain a sense of purpose in that they hook up with a couple of people whose jobs are to ferry the dead or collect bounties on the dead I thought how Chartier wove in widespread belief and old myth into his world was really interesting, however I loved the idea of Charon having a thriving city whose sole function was to bring insouls I really liked the twists on the lore and various religious beliefs that Chartier ties in and addresses throughout the book, I just wish it had been organized in a way to help the story flow better.While Chartier s writing truly shines around the 200 page mark where you finally are immersed in the central conflict with the reasons why everyone is after this pair being better teased out and the sister s trying to get out of the mess they re in, I never fell in love with the main cast of characters This was especially true for Angelina who confused and frustrated me for almost the entirety of the book as she waffles between being exceedingly selfish and supposedly trying to help Olivia and Chloe She s a terrible person and generally unlikable for so much of the book, that when that starts to change, it felt disingenuous to me, and made no sense as to why Olivia Chloe would want to help her out On that note, I also never got a deep sense of the sisters, either They have their own chapters to help keep the reader straight on which twin is speaking, but they never felt all that different from one another, so I was often confused on who was who and, therefore, couldn t see them as individuals, which became a huge problem for the end I won t say how or why to avoid spoilers so I was left a bit lost as to how things ended the way they did It was very much a Wait, what moment that I didn t particularly enjoy However, Chartier has a marvelous imagination when it comes to filling his book with detailed creatures and a fragile social balance between the various lands of the dead Again, if the book had been organized differently, we would have seenof those power balances and gotten to know the big players in Afterdeath better, which may have helped the flow of the book and made thisof a page turner Some of the rulers you just get these fleeting glimpses of and that was too bad, because they were so interesting But the structure of this land is all there and fairly well fleshed out, so it would be easy for the author to return to it at a later point and introduce new characters and their individual stories, and I hope he does There is so much in his book begging to be explored in greater detail and he s a very talented writer, so I would definitely check outof his work in the future.Ultimately, while the premise sounded fascinating, I don t think this book was for me Chartier is a talented writer with an imagination that knows no bounds, clearly, but the characters, organization, and the pacing in this particular book didn t mesh well with me If you can devote the time to immersing yourself in this story, I still recommend you do as some of the concepts and discussions about the afterlife are very imaginative and interesting, and who knows, you may be able to keep the twins separated in your mindthan I could which will definitely help with the ending There s also very little in mature content outside of a few instances of swearing and some semi violent scenes, so if you are concerned about such things, don t be But for me, even though I loved the creativity and uniqueness of the story, this is a 2.5 star for me, but I am impressed with the author and will check out his other work And thanks to the author for providing me with a copy for review


  2. Geoff Gander Geoff Gander says:

    SPOILERS BELOW Full disclosure Reviewer knows the author It took me a while to read this book longer than would normally be the case for a work of this length, but I can explain this for two reasons 1 Mr Chartier needed to take the time to set up the world in which this novel takes place and it is surreal enough to give Wonderland a run for its money and2 The text itself is rich and heavy, like cheesecake There s a lot of detail, a lot of checking on the main characters emotional s SPOILERS BELOW Full disclosure Reviewer knows the author It took me a while to read this book longer than would normally be the case for a work of this length, but I can explain this for two reasons 1 Mr Chartier needed to take the time to set up the world in which this novel takes place and it is surreal enough to give Wonderland a run for its money and2 The text itself is rich and heavy, like cheesecake There s a lot of detail, a lot of checking on the main characters emotional states, a lot of dialogue which serves to advance the plot while at the same time providing the reader with information about the setting itself This is not a novel you can casually breeze through in an afternoon, but rather something that for me at least needs to be consumed in bite sized portions.It s heavy, then, but there is also a reward in that This is an ambitious book that shares with the reader a model of the afterlife that tries to be as global as possible if there s a unique belief system in the world, its analogue exists here in the patchwork of dominions that makes up the collective afterlife of humanity The adventures of twin sisters Olivia and Chloe take them through many bizarre locations some of which advance the plot, others could probably have been cut back without issue , and embroil them in the political rivalries of the movers and shakers of the afterlife Friendships are forged and broken, and there are losses, and I have a feeling Mr Chartier only scratched the surface of his world I would not be surprised if he revisits it at some future point.That being said, there were portions of the journey that I felt could have been cut without weakening the storyline, and there were supporting characters who to me, at least didn t add much I also understand that Afterdeath is Mr Chartier s first novel, and I know he has gone on to writetitles, so whatever quibbles I have are my own, and possibly minor.People interested in conceptions of the afterlife will probably enjoy this book I would also note that gamers will probably also like the author s take, and may wish the read the book for inspiration An observation that contains spoilers follows SPOILER ALERT I have to admit, the closing chapters felt rushed to me The final defeat of Larunda seemed a bit too convenient basically the spirit of King Kozla Kaguza sp returns through one of the sister s bodies, dispatches her, and replaces her dictatorial realm with hisbenevolent one , followed by a journey back to the land of the genies, where Olivia pushed her twin sister back into the living world so she could stay behind to help Angelina build her own kingdom I felt there should have beendialogue, or some kind of emotional confrontation between the sisters since they d been separated throughout most of the novel.It left me wondering whether Angelina succeeded in her goal, whether Barkley got cured of his curse, and whatever happened to Olivia Maybe this was the intent, and if so, then hopefullystories will be written in this world.As said above, this novel was a very ambitious undertakingthan I would feel comfortable tackling, so I appreciate Mr Chartier s hard work


  3. Seymour Hamilton Seymour Hamilton says:

    Benoit Chartier is a young Canadian writer of science fiction He has written several short stories and two novels, Red Nexus and Afterdeath He s already very good, and what she s going to get better.Afterdeath is as hypnotic as the vivid dream you had last week and can t quite remember, but also can t forget When he s on, Ben s writing is really, spectacularly good.There are passages in Afterdeath that crackle with life closely observed and deeply felt, which is deliciously ironic in Benoit Chartier is a young Canadian writer of science fiction He has written several short stories and two novels, Red Nexus and Afterdeath He s already very good, and what she s going to get better.Afterdeath is as hypnotic as the vivid dream you had last week and can t quite remember, but also can t forget When he s on, Ben s writing is really, spectacularly good.There are passages in Afterdeath that crackle with life closely observed and deeply felt, which is deliciously ironic in a book about an afterlife It s a book that s spooky and hyper real and at the same time familiar in the way Salvadore Dali s paintings tease us with archetypal imagery of melting clocks and tortured landscapes The way Ben s writing does it, he achieves profound, without being heavily symbolic in that way we all learned to hate in English classes Obviously, Afterdeath has to deal with the biggies meaning of life stuff I liked it best when these existential questions went without answers, which means that I occasionally wanted the female twins who are the two main characters to shut up and let me figure it out for myself But on the other hand, I got sufficiently into their heads that, well, I would have talked about finding answers, too, even if it meant casting about in the bewildered way your dreams sometimes make you think you might have a handle on what it s all about.Way back a half century ago when I was trying to do an academic study of science fiction as part of a totally useless degree, I read and took notes on all of The Pulps the magazines such as Amazing, Astounding, Weird Tales and Comet where Science Fiction began in the days when nobody knew who Isaac Azimov was That was the time called The Golden Age of SF by people who haven t waded through the schlock that over shadowed the good stuff Many of the writers who wrote for these pennies per word magazines were clever, imaginative, speculative, even at times prophetic However, the way they wrote was for the most part so amateurish, pedestrian and awkward that it made you wince think of bad kareoke However, once in a while there were also stories that gleamed like rare pearls scattered on a beach of pebbles.Ben s writing recalls for me the excitement I felt when I turned a page of Amazing and encountered Ray Bradbury s The Green Hills of Earth Bradbury s writing was and still is electrifyingly REAL in that special way that SF affectionados cherish, not just for the science, or the speculation, or the fiction, but because the words touch our hearts and stay there.Benoit Chartier Remember his name Read his work, and prepare yourself to say, I knew he was going to be famous


  4. Christine Christine says:

    3.5 5This book was an interesting concept A pair of twins have a car accident, the result of which is not what they, nor the reader, expected I really enjoyed the changing settings in this story It was as if every fantasy setting and some science fiction settings you can think of appeared in this novel This novel successfully manages to combine ancient Greek mythology with modern settings and a touch of fin de siecle.The characters were likable, relatable, and delightfully flawed As the r 3.5 5This book was an interesting concept A pair of twins have a car accident, the result of which is not what they, nor the reader, expected I really enjoyed the changing settings in this story It was as if every fantasy setting and some science fiction settings you can think of appeared in this novel This novel successfully manages to combine ancient Greek mythology with modern settings and a touch of fin de siecle.The characters were likable, relatable, and delightfully flawed As the reader we end up with a bit of a love hate relationship with them, and we have an interest in what they will do next We re surprised by some of their actions, just as they are.At no point was I sure of the outcome, which is an aspect I love The book is left wide open for a second story While there is a clear ending, we are left wondering what happens to some of the characters.There are some issues in the book which could likely be fixed by editing I read the e book version, purchased immediately after release As such I was expecting some editing issues like missed periods, capitalization, tense issues, and so on and yes, that does exist There are some chapters which jump from character to character It seems a bit jarring in this jump, and it is assumed that we know which character we re following there is a pattern, but it would have been nice to add a name in there to make it a bit easier.The largest issue I had, which originally I attributed to editing but later decided was done on purpose, was the changing of some words I believe this was done to separate this story from reality as we know it Some examples Ottawa was changed to Oddawa pope to pape and Christian to Crosstian Every time I saw those types of changes, I would cringe I understand the intent here but there were some other specific place names and references that weren t changed which just made these stick out evenIt already has an urban fantasy feel, and as these changes happen infrequently, I believe leaving the original phrases intact would not be detrimental to the story.The positives did outweigh the negatives Despite the jarring issues, I did enjoy this book and I m certain that you will, as well


  5. Cindy Cindy says:

    Twin sisters Chloe and Olivia have drifted apart since their parents deaths Now that their grandma is dead, the two decide to become reacquainted with a sister road trip They both die That sounds like a spoiler, but it happens early in the book, and the real story is about what happens AFTER Death Hence the title, get it Right.So what does happen next Let s just say it s NOTHING like you might expect Olivia is a serious Christian, Chloe an agnostic, and both of them are in for a shock wh Twin sisters Chloe and Olivia have drifted apart since their parents deaths Now that their grandma is dead, the two decide to become reacquainted with a sister road trip They both die That sounds like a spoiler, but it happens early in the book, and the real story is about what happens AFTER Death Hence the title, get it Right.So what does happen next Let s just say it s NOTHING like you might expect Olivia is a serious Christian, Chloe an agnostic, and both of them are in for a shock when they get to the other side First of all, there s still plenty to do and no sign of the Pearly Gates Instead they meet some dubious new folks who claim to be there to help, but it s hard to know who you can trust and who wants to kill you Again.It all gets a little confusing and kind of depressing, TBH I had to push myself to keep reading It doesn t help that Angelica, their new companion, flips back and forth between seeming like a good gal and then a bitch I couldn t decide if I was supposed to like her or hate her, but she just confused me instead.In the end, this one was quite original, but I can t say I really enjoyed it I think it was a case of a bad fit It sounded like something I would like, but I guess I was in the mood for something lighter


  6. Lori-Beth Lori-Beth says:

    I met Chartier at a Comic Con in early June He was super friendly and very passionate about his works I bought this book from him without realizing that I would be sucked into the twins crazy world by page 2 This book was one heck of a ride and I enjoyed every moment of it Sadly, with work, I had no time to truly immerse myself into their world cause I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I ll be picking it up again for sure to do so My only complaint was the continuous shifting of the I met Chartier at a Comic Con in early June He was super friendly and very passionate about his works I bought this book from him without realizing that I would be sucked into the twins crazy world by page 2 This book was one heck of a ride and I enjoyed every moment of it Sadly, with work, I had no time to truly immerse myself into their world cause I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I ll be picking it up again for sure to do so My only complaint was the continuous shifting of the point of views without warning as it got confusing at times Overall, however, it was An amazing read written by an amazing author


  7. Craig Munro Craig Munro says:

    I ll admit to having had a little difficulty getting into the book at first, mostly because Afterdeath falls a little outside of my usual book choices That being said, the writing is excellent, the story wildly imaginative, and Benoit Chartier has drawn on enough real world mythology to give his book great depth Once I got going, I couldn t put it down and ended up reading until early in the morning to finish it Very highly recommended.


  8. Stephanie - Books Less Travelled Stephanie - Books Less Travelled says:

    I received a copy from the author This does not affect my review An interesting read I enjoyed this depressing yet curious read of what might come after death I enjoyed the sisters Chloe and Olivia, but never connected with Angelica I did like that it was completely unpredictable, and well thought out Overall it s well written, and thought provoking.


  9. Alexa Alexa says:

    I really enjoyed this book Benoit Chartier wrote a thrilling plot that kept me at the edge of my seat His characters were well developed and each one had their own unique personality And the ending was really cool I really hope that he writes a continuation of this book.


  10. Susan Duncan Susan Duncan says:

    Original, interesting, well written I ve read a lot of sci fi fantasy stuff and mostly it s predictable This was out there The characters were relatable and you are drawn into the story A good read.


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