After Life Lessons
Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering
Genre: post apocalyptic
Publisher: Lilt Literary
Date of Publication: April 28, 2015
Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 95.000
Cover Artist: Laila Blake
Years after the end of the world, the scattered survivors have begun to reconcile with their fate and are starting to build communities from the rubble. Life has been kind to Aaron and Emily, and maybe it is that infusion of hope that leads them on a winter trip to search for Aaron’s family. But the world outside their little haven has grown harsher, the conditions rough and dangerous.
Not everybody they meet on their journey allowed the grim realities to harden their hearts, however. Malachi and Kenzie - an easy-going drifter with a bum leg and amnesia, and a teenage girl who has lost everyone and everything - are on an ill-conceived mission to Mexico, while Iago and his band of nomads work to forge trading connections between the small settlements of the south.
All of them will discover new nightmares on the road, far surpassing the threat of the last rotting zombies still roaming the countryside. And now they must come together to fight for peace and justice in the world they trying to rebuild.
Warning: This novel contains language some might find offensive, some gore and situations of a sexual nature. Reader's discretion is advised.
In After Life Lessons 2 we pick up with the story of Emily, Aaron, and their family where we left them last time. Also three new groups of survivors enter into the story. The chapters alternate between the different groups to give an interesting view on all of their separate journeys, while they are actually being drawn all together. Even though this book is told from multiple characters the authors did an awesome job of tying the entire story together.
I really enjoyed getting to know Emily and Aaron better and experiencing this story with all of the new different personalities and traits that came with each person as they had to survive this post apocalyptic world. Now the thing they had to fear the most was men, it was no longer the fear of zombies.
When I was asked to review this 2nd book I thought ok, I’ll give this one a try and I’m so glad I did. In my opinion, this one was so much better than the first. I found myself not wanting to put it down. Do you ever have those books, you know the kind you start reading and not realize how drawn in you become until you stop and take a breath? Well that’s how this one was for me. I totally enjoyed it. So if you read the first and can’t make up your minds to read this one, just do it. You will really like it.
About the Authors:
Laila Blake is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character-driven love stories and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Keeping a balance between her different interests, Laila Blake’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, and various fields in speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match.
A self-proclaimed nerd, she lives in Cologne/Germany with her cat Liene, harbors a deep fondness for obscure folk singers and plays the guitar badly. She loves photography, science documentaries and classic literature as well as a number of popular TV-Shows.
L.C. Spoering has a degree in English writing from University of Colorado, and a lesser degree in sarcasm earned from the days of yore on AOL. A storyteller since she started talking, she now spends her days writing, reading and contemplating the universe through various pop culture lenses.