Kill or Cure: We All Go a Little Crazy Sometimes! (Afterblight Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Apr 2007
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About the Author
Rebecca Levene has been a writer and editor for fifteen years. In that time she has storylined Emmerdale, written a children's book about Captain Cook, several science fiction and horror novels, a novelisation and making-of book for Rebellion's Rogue Trooper video game, and a Beginner's Guide to Poker. She has also edited a range of media tie-in books. She was associate producer on the ITV1 drama Wild at Heart, story consultant on the Chinese soap opera Joy Luck Street, script writer on Family Affairs and Is Harry on the Boat? and is part of the writing team for Channel 5's Swinging. She has had two sit-coms optioned, one by the BBC and one by Talkback, and currently has a detective drama in development with Granada Television.
Top customer reviews
The book is well written and seams to have a good story with some surprising twists, but sadly fails to do as well as the first novel did.
WARNING!!! DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING AS IT CONTAINS SPOILERS.
If you are expecting a continuation of the first novel "The Culled" featuring its main male character in it then you are in for a disappointment. "Kill or Cure" is told from the main female character "Jasmine's" point of view (who is mentioned in the first novel) with the character of "The Culled" not appearing in this novel; only when mentioned by the lead character.
The problem with "kill or Cure" is that because it is not written by the same author of the first novel, much elements and aspects such as the Religious order that controls much of the world are not mentioned in the book and we are introduced too a new ruling orders that control other parts of the world. The only thing from the first book that's in this novel is the disease itself that has devastated the world.
The chapters appear to be far longer than the first novel due to the different writing style of its author. The lead female character I found did not interest me as well as the one in the first novel. Also her relationship contradicts that of what it was in the first novel. She goes from being his girlfriend as it was implied in "The Culled" too being his wife in the second.
However, despite this "Kill or Cure" is still worth reading.
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It may sound corny, but it's true.
While it started off rocky (mainly due to my disappoint in the change of main character from the first book) I soon fell in love with the new cast, lost myself in the plot, and found myself dazzled and amazed at every new twist and turn.
While the culled had a much more visceral and savage approach, this one tried to have some civility for the most part. Not for better or worse, just different. I find myself loving both novels for what they are, and really appreciating the dynamic specifically between the couple that stars them.
As for the other novels in the Afterblight Chronicles... well, let's just say they are less than stellar in my opinion. Quite sad to see them getting more and more sequels while the first 2 books sit dormant.
In the case of Kill or Cure, the lead character, Jasmine, steals the show. She's completely bonkers, which makes for infectious (pun intended) reading. Her madness, however, strangely prepares her a world of incredibly difficult moral decisions. The post-Culled world is a terrible, terrible place, and it seems that only the badly damaged can survive it.
The book is shockingly dark (even for this genre), but still chips in enough blackly comedic moments to keep the reader involved. Possibly the ultimate in dark fun, Kill or Cure is a pleasant surprise - a new look at an old genre.
Seriously, from the several lazy references to "the bullet hit the wall inches from my head" to EVEN MORE references of "i heard a sound like ... but it may have been my rib cracking", not to mention the hero being shot in the leg and stabbed in the ribs on one page never to be mentioned again and how a doctor with minimal weapons training manages to win every battle despite being hopelessly out numbered and out gunned, you want to punch yourself in the face just to feel something real. Sloppy repetition and glaring continuity errors aside, the story had me wishing death to all.
This book really is poor, i'm no English major as my poorly constructed review will testify but this writer should concentrate on writing for Emmerdale and leave the novels to people who care.
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