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BOOKS // 'Afterparty' by Daryl Gregory*

One of the things I love about the Blloon app (if you haven't read my review on Blloon yet click here to see what you're missing) is that I find myself choosing to read books on it that I possibly wouldn't pick up in a book shop. This is exactly what happened with my current read, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory.


Afterparty depicts a world in which anyone can print their own designer drugs as and when they chose. The story begins with a young girl who finds God through a street drug but ends up committing suicide after she is arrested and forced to stop taking the drug. It turns out that one of the creators of this highly addictive drug is in the same prison the girl took her life in, and decides to take matters into her own hands to try and stop any more deaths from the distribution of this destructive drug.


I was hooked from the first chapter of this book. It has chapters and then mini stories in it, called Parables, that change the narration style from first to third person giving the reader a clear picture of what is going on in the characters' minds and some of their back story. Lyda, the protagonist, is a special character who I've quite warmed to. Yes, she may be an ex-drug addict who helped create one of the deadliest drugs known  to man but there is something about her that is likeable and you really want her to succeed in finding the other makers of the drug to help stop production. She's quite comical and I like her attitude to things even though I don't necessarily agree with all of her opinions.

I also love the addition of the character Dr Gloria. I didn't realise she wasn't a real person until a few chapters into the book - she is such a huge part of Lyda's life and it's shocking to a reader that drugs have affected a person so much they now see an angel that follows them everywhere they go. It emphasises how important it is to Lyda to stop this drug and to avoid any more people having to live like she does.

I have to say, this genre of book isn't really my thing. I'm not into drug books or gangster films. I don't really understand them. Having said that, Gregory does a fantastic job of giving enough information to the reader so we 100% understand what's going on and it's very easily read by someone who doesn't usually read crime books. The pace of the narrative is really fast and never gets boring so you are sucked into the plot from the word go. The science parts are easy to follow too - it's all explained how printers make the drugs and it is believable that people are capable of producing drugs so easily with all their technology.

I'm so glad I took a chance on reading Afterparty. I highly recommend this book if you're after a fast paced, science fiction-y mystery read - I promise you won't want to put it down!

Becky xo

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