by Joe Reyes
Human beings as a whole have adapted to expect a certain quality of life. Unlike centuries past, where all of a person’s time and effort had to go to the continued survival of the race, we have evolved to picking up food from grocery stores, rather than hunting for it. We aspire to have careers and make a difference in the world, or be the best at something and become famous. If all of our years of progress were to dissolve following an apocalyptic event, everyone’s expectations for their lives would become impossibilities.
Fear of the end of the world creates a deeply emotional post-apocalyptic society, such as in my book Aftermath, because it creates a much greater sense of urgency in the lives of the characters. Any moment can be your last. For human beings as a whole, being faced with the subject of your own mortality is a fear we can all relate to, though on a much different level. I can think of no greater an emotional impact than to be afraid every second of every day.
Put yourself in the place of my characters and I am sure you could find similar issues that would negatively impact your life. Every hope and dream that you have ever had will vanish into a puff of smoke. Every feeling that you would encounter during the day would be heightened by confusion and fear. How did it happen? How can you fix it? Unfortunately, you may never find the answers and the world will not be nearly fixed in your lifetime. Comfort and normalcy would be eradicated and it would be impossible for anyone to quickly adapt to the mentality and routine of the new world.
His writing style is fast paced. When he wrote his novel Aftermath, he wanted it to feel like a television show. Joe doesn’t like boring descriptions. He finds filler scenes to be a book killer and makes sure that every chapter has an immediate purpose or a purpose later on.
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Joe's Newest Release: Aftermath
The series features a brutal setting, where seven characters in different parts of the United States must adapt to this new environment. The "fight or flight" mentality plays into the story, as the nation is divided into factions fighting for control of the country. The government is outnumbered, outgunned, and forced into hiding as well to recoup their forces. The novel follows a fast paced momentum from the first page to the last word. The plot pits these characters against the elements and each other, with plot-lines intertwining on opposite sides of the war effort. And one character's quest for revenge can jeopardize not only the war outcome, but the reshaping of the entire nation.
With an ever-changing storyline and evolving characters, the Aftermath series gets more intense with every chapter. But what these characters don't realize, the terrifying evil is making its way across the ocean.
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