Friday, 1 February 2013

Aftermath by Ann McMan

The sequel to Jericho

Syd and Maddie are back. Henry is still a part of their family. His father is still serving his country in Afghanistan. All is well in Jericho. Well, it was until a tornado struck, devastating the town and the residents. Businesses and homes have to be re-built. Relationships are strained amid the aftermath of the storm that destroyed so much of the town. But, hard as the job is to get the town shipshape again, the people pull together in ways that may never have happened prior to the tornado.

Although this is the sequel to Jericho, the book can be read as a standalone. There is a really good summary of Jericho at the beginning of the book, plus a list of characters. I would however strongly urge you to read Jericho first, because in my opinion, Jericho is the better book out of the two. I absolutely loved it.

Aftermath is well written, we have all the same loveable, well formed, multidimensional characters we have in Jericho, plus some new ones to add to the fun. All these wonderful characters interact so well together, they are a joy to know.

The story has a serious theme, but also a humorous, (maybe humorous is an understatement) hilarious, side splitting, laugh out loud side to it. There are highs and lows, emotions run wild. Sadness, pain, loss and romance are all just a small part of this book. Personally, I would have liked a little bit more on the romance side, maybe this is why I prefer Jericho to Aftermath. But none the less, this is a nice, longer than average, read.

This book didn’t quite end, so I am hoping there will be another book to follow. These characters have so much more to offer, I can’t believe this will be the end of the series.

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