Very clever writing, instantly engrossed from the intro onwards, using a well described and interesting back drop Osche has made a brilliant work come together, the afterblight chronicles are a bit notorious for their high quality as it is and if you have read any of the others then this won't disappoint, if you have not, no worries, each is a stand alone in it's own right. Osche has in this instalment has brought to life some very noteworthy characters and delivered a brief but well described history without it being lacking in information or overbearing at any part. The use of segregation as the backbone, social positioning and racial oppression are ever present but never forced into the forefront and overbearing enough to take away from the tale told or make you feel like somebodys opinion is being rammed down your throat. This is somewhere between a race related coming of age/ post apocalyptic sci fi/ horror story that is very much recommended for a fan of any of those genres. With this and many others Abaddon Books is really beginning to cement it's place as a company essential to my reading list.
One of the things about the wonderfully inventive Afterblight series is that you can never be sure of what you're going to get, this release being a prime example of that. Here, within this title by Weston Ochse is a story of betrayal, a tale of redemption all blended with a coming of age element set in an apocalyptic future.
It's well written, the characters are crisp and whilst I didn't always get on with the authors prose it was a story that will stay with you after the final page is turned. Add to this some decent dialogue a reasonable pace all brought together with an author's writing style that guides rather than forces the view points and it's a tale that I was pleased I took my time to read.