What Came After

What Came After WHAT CAME AFTER is the bestseller written by Jon Clinch THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ FINN KINGS OF THE EARTH under his pen name Sam Winston The apocalypse doesn t need plagues or zombies or bombs All it

  • Title: What Came After
  • Author: SamWinston
  • ISBN: 9780615580579
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • WHAT CAME AFTER is the bestseller written by Jon Clinch THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ, FINN, KINGS OF THE EARTH under his pen name, Sam Winston.The apocalypse doesn t need plagues or zombies or bombs All it needs is us.Set in the very near future, WHAT CAME AFTER takes place in a too credible third world America that s been hijacked by corporations in the service of theWHAT CAME AFTER is the bestseller written by Jon Clinch THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ, FINN, KINGS OF THE EARTH under his pen name, Sam Winston.The apocalypse doesn t need plagues or zombies or bombs All it needs is us.Set in the very near future, WHAT CAME AFTER takes place in a too credible third world America that s been hijacked by corporations in the service of the wealthy The Federal government has collapsed, health care is inaccessible, and private armies keep order The upper class is concentrated in the cities, while the middle class decimated by disease and poisoned by genetically engineered foods labors on in a handful of desolate Empowerment Zones.One man, Henry Weller, has had enough With his five year old daughter going blind, he sets out across a ruined America to find her the health care she deserves He ll have to face a strange and hostile world from the financial districts of a walled New York to the armed camp of Washington, DC but if he s successful, his daughter might see again.And along the way, a revolution might get started.WHAT CAME AFTER is shaped by issues on everyone s mind right now poverty, corporate power, access to heath care, the outsourcing of government, parents obligations to their children.But at its core, it s a post apocalyptic adventure in a desolate and treacherous world THE WIZARD OF OZ meets HEART OF DARKNESS, at the end of the American dream.From the critics Sometimes I just keep hearing about a book on social media and I get so curious, I seek out the book myself Case in point Sam Winston s extraordinary WHAT CAME AFTER, an e book about the end of the world I started reading after dinner and didn t stop until I finished This is no ordinary book Character driven, haunting, and gorgeously written, I think it s a classic Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of PICTURES OF YOU.

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    1. I like dystopian novels. I mean, I hated The Road but as a general category I enjoy them. And I wanted to love this book, but Winston just wouldn't let me. Ihatebeing preached at. I'm even the "right" audience for this bookLiberal, Left, 99%and it made me want to beat him about the head with my kindle. I don't care if I agree with your points, I still don't want your politics to ruin your book. And it did. For me, and I would guess for others (although most of the GR reviews aresuperpositive). I [...]

    2. This was on its way to being a five star review until about 30 pages from the end. I don't want to spoil it, but I can say that it sort of speeds to an action-packed, I'm-a-writer-hoping-this-might-become-a-blockbuster-movie-series sort of ending that leaves you hanging and, yes, hoping for a sequel. That's actually a good thing because the action is mostly fine and I always love a good sequel. It's great to have something to look forward to. The problem, or the reason this is only 4 stars, is t [...]

    3. I don't know. After a string of books I can't identify with I'm beginning to wonder if it's just meThis book isrical. It's inspired by The Road, if not slightly derivative in its writing style, but to be honest it's beginning to annoy me. I have no problem with non-sentences. I use them myself. But not all the time. Okay, I opened the book at random just to illustrate what I mean: He hollered all right come on in I won't try anything. For all the good talking to her might do. She sprang the lock [...]

    4. There are many reasons a person might read a dystopian novel, but a wild guess about the chief motivation for some would be to taste, ever so vicariously, how bad things can get. This is particularly true for people with a political bent, pundits and futurists from both the left and right of American politics like to froth at the mouth whenever their specific groups are out of power warning us about how the other side is out to crush everything good in the country. Whether these political agents [...]

    5. While I enjoy reading dystopian/Apocalyptic stories, I found What Came After to be quite a let down. The characters felt too one dimensional. The good guys were clearly good, and if they made a mistake it was just that and not an evil act. Meanwhile the bad guys were the exact opposite. They were clearly bad, with no redeaming qualities to be seen. Any good actions on their partsseemed more accidental than the mistakes the good guys made. The author failed to truly bring them to life by seeming [...]

    6. Ever since reading Stephen King's The Stand I've been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories. This book reminded me more of Robert R. McCammon Swan Song, it was nuclear war that cause the post-apocalyptic fall out not some supernatural entity or some strange disease. I think Sam Winston really paints a dark and terrifying portrait of where we're going. Scary and uplifting at the same time. What makes his book unique is the source of the trouble is all too real, making this a stunning and provocative [...]

    7. This book is set in America in some future where everything has collapsed. The farther you get into the story, the more details you get about what happened.America has collapsed into third world status. Companies were built up until they controlled everything, then collapsed. The "great dying" happened which winnowed out most of the population. People began eating food they grew themselves and the genetically modified fruits and vegetables caused mutations, health problems, and "bad DNA." The di [...]

    8. This was fun. Pretty much a straight-up post-apocalyptic odyssey, but with sly references to everything from Joseph Conrad to Bruce Springsteen if you keep your eyes open. It's well set up for a sequel, and I don't object to this at all.

    9. I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and was excited to tear into this because of the stellar reviews it got. Overall it was a good read and worth the 4 bucks. Overall I did really like this book (which is why I wrote a review for it). Its failings for me might not be as noticeable or even important for other readers. This is a fun book about a guy traveling across a changed America in search of the treatment that will save his daughter's sight. I do have some major gripes with it though: [...]

    10. "What Came After" by Sam Winston is an enjoyable dystopian novel that explores a world that has been contaminated by genetically engineered crops. If people eat these crops then it can result in death or mutation. Therefore, a large proportion of society has died and Pharm-Agra, the very company who created the poisonous crops in the first place are the only ones that can de-engineer the crops so that they are safe to consume.The story itself follows Henry Weller, a regular guy who embarks on an [...]

    11. What Came After bears itself more than a couple similarities with Cormac McCarthy's dystopian novel, The Road. Any fan of The Road should give Sam Winston's novel a look. His main character, Weller, is an affable every-man in a world gone wrong, left soured and leeched of resources by corporate greed. Few cities remain, and most people live in harrowing hovels in a desolate and forgotten land. Weller happens upon a chance to potentially cure his daughter's blindness, and embarks on a journey to [...]

    12. The main character, Henry Weller, is a good guy. He is a good husband and father; someone that one could look up to as a role model. As he maneuvers through the government-collapsed America, poisoned soil and corporate-run society the landscape of the story begins to scare you. Maybe this is because I don’t read dystopian novels, but it scared me. Chemicals poisoning our food so much it has to be sanitized after pulling it from the ground prior to eating it. The Zone is where the lower-class l [...]

    13. Another book I'd probably give 3 1/2 stars.The idea is fascinating and really chilling, our current corporation-driven culture taken to its extreme. The universe is likewise interesting but as someone else said not fully fleshed out. There were some things I kept stumbling over though. If some incredibly rich person (view spoiler)[ had their car break down in a horrible hovel, the people just stare at them and offer pseudo-help? Really? no one tries to rob them or do anything?(hide spoiler)] doe [...]

    14. About 50 years in the future, the government as we know it no longer exists, the pharmaceutical companies own everything, and nature took what PharmAgra didn't want. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer and the sick dropped dead. Anderson Carmichael just wants a car. Henry Weller wants his daughter's vision. Carmichael's got the ultimate bargaining chip; access to medical care. The dystopian story of how far a father will go to see his child healthy.There were holes in the storyLittle tidbit [...]

    15. This was another free book from amazon and I really have mixed feelings about this book. I'll start the good and then go to the bad.I really thought the plot was good. It was a unique story. Although it is a dystopian, it is differently different from the normal government is the controlling force to more corporations are the controlling force, so all my liberal friends will be happy ;)The flip side of the plot is that the world building was just mediocre at best. It tries not to do an info-dump [...]

    16. What came after by Sam Winston is an intriguing scifi novel. It describes a near-future dystopia where a handful of large corporations have taken over the USA. After being a puppet to powerful interests, the government has finally been abolished. In some sense, it is the anti-libertarian novel: what if we let the free market prevail? Eventually, some large corporations may become so powerful that they can use force to prevent competition. Though overall credible, I found the absence of any state [...]

    17. I am a huge fan of dystopian, post apocalyptic novels. This is an easy, yet satisfying read. I liked the the food chain connection and in some ways it reminded me of The Windup Girl by Paolo Baxcigalupi (which if you haven't read you should stop what you are doing right now and start reading it!). The main character in this book lives outside, carries the burden of decisions made as a parent that he now regrets and hopes to change, and the novel is about that attempt. I was entertained, and that [...]

    18. A few years ago I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It impacted me, and I still quote from it today. Sam Winston flips Rand’s theme on its head. Rand imagined the producers of the world boycotting and leaving society to fall apart. Winston envisions a world where runaway monopoly corporations take over. They crowd out the government and leave the country in ruins in their pitiless pursuit of profit.Rand had a secret city where the innovators gathered in a capitalist utopia. Winston’s city is [...]

    19. What Came After is another of the dystopian novels that I have been reading. I enjoyed the characters - especially the hero, but felt that too many things fell too easily into place. From the very beginning of his trip to save his daughter's health, he too easily got away from the people trying to do him harm. And this happened from the beginning to the end of the book. It was fun reading about how he got out of the various jams that he was in, but toward the end when he finally getrs back to NY [...]

    20. This is, above all else, a literary adventure novel. It's dystopian fiction at its best. It's about economics, but it's not The Fountainhead. It's about a post-apocalyptic America, but it's not The Road. It's terrifyingly familiar -- our world, after the economy continues to progress exactly as it threatens to.Mr. Winston imagines a new, highly stratified society (complete with a Blackwater-style privatized military and Monsanto-style ultra-GMO agribusiness). Our hero, Weller, embarks on a quest [...]

    21. This is a slooooooow read. Nothing interesting happens until halfway through the book. And the ending is ridiculously abrupt to the point where it felt like a cliff-hanger. Although I will not read a sequel if one is written. The concept was interesting, but I did not really like the implementation. Writing style was odd as well. It reads almost like an outline. Most of the dialog is written the way you'd recount a story to someone else. Lots of incomplete sentences (I realize I am doing the sam [...]

    22. A very interesting and almost too real portrayal of a not-so-distant future where only the rich live in the cities, the suburbs and country become no-mans-lands and where all the food, energy, and highways are controlled by three mega-conglomerates. Even the government is gone due to outsourcing. It is the tale of a quest of a man to save his daughter's eyesight. It is a world of genetic mistakes brought about by genetic engineering and other scientific tampering and points out how little time i [...]

    23. I wanted to love this book. And I truly did like the bones of the story, the plot, how the US got to where it was, but I never really got totally into it.Something about the author's writing style just didn't jive with me. It was somewhat "jerky" for lack of a better term. It's as if the book was written as separate short stories and then combined. The characters never flowed, and seemed one-dimensional I had a hard time caring about why they were doing what they did. As a whole the book never d [...]

    24. Someone before me said: I wanted to like this book but Winston wouldn't let me. I fully agree. This book had several interesting ideas but they were all brought up as glancing blows and interspersed with long narratives. I think the idea was to represent the protagonist's place in the lower echelons of society, but for someone as supposedly smart as he was, it felt disingenuous. Characterization felt like caricaturization. And everything that should have been tense had its tension leaked out by [...]

    25. This book was simply just blah. It was a very interesting premise - not to distant future, all of the pesticides we have put into food have finally done a great deal of damage and corporations have taken over and gotten rid of the government. Unfortunately, the plot itself didn't live up to it and the author changed who was telling the story numerous times. I wanted to finish it to see what happened, and then the book just ended. No resolution, no real ending. It was a free amazon book and defin [...]

    26. This is a fantastic novel. Set in a future where the economy and ecology have largely collapsed and a handful of monopoly businesses run everything. Food crops are genetically modified to be poisonous unless processed by the monopoly agribusiness. In this world a guy with an obsolete skill is of immense value to someoneIt takes a little while to really get going but nevertheless steadily reels you in to its unpredictable conclusion. Highly recommended

    27. Winston nails it. He paints a darkly beautiful portrait of where we're going. Scary and uplifting at the same time. THE ROAD, with hope. Journey with Weller and his daughter to find redemption amidst the ruin, calm within the chaos of exactly where we're headed as a mass consumption machine that swallows souls. What comes after reading WHAT CAME AFTER? Insight. Appreciation for the vision and craftsmanship. And maybe even a little bit of resolution . . . to try to stop what seems inevitable.

    28. Both utopian and dystopian at once, this book explores a post apocalyptic America we all hope could never exist. Much like The Road by Cormac McCarthy this story follows a father and child on a journey through what is left of the country. Winston's version has much more positivity and less darkness. Although there is a stretch in the middle where the main character is stuck for a while and I felt it went on too long. Otherwise I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing style.

    29. I quite enjoyed this novel. It was quick moving and had lots of fabulous description. I admit, the end made me want to call amazon to find out if there was an issue with my download since the book apparently had no resolution. There must be plans for a sequel? I admit, I like all of my Heros to be at some safe harbor by the books end, sequel or not.

    30. I received a free advance copy for review from . This a timely story, and a credible imagining of what could happen to our society if the military/industrial/corporate complex continues down the fascist road it's currently on. Very well written, it's a readable adventure with a fairly realistic sliver of hope at the end.

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