By Sam Winston
WHAT got here AFTER is the Amazon bestseller written through Jon Clinch (THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ, FINN, KINGS OF THE EARTH) below his pen identify, Sam Winston.
The apocalypse does not desire plagues or zombies or bombs. All it wishes is us.
Set within the very close to destiny, WHAT got here AFTER occurs in a too-credible third-world the USA that is been hijacked through enterprises within the carrier of the rich. the government has collapsed, well-being care is inaccessible, and personal armies maintain order. the higher classification is focused within the towns, whereas the center class—decimated by way of disorder and poisoned by means of genetically engineered foods—labors on in a handful of desolate Empowerment Zones.
One guy, Henry Weller, has had adequate. together with his five-year-old daughter going blind, he units out throughout a ruined the USA to discover her the future health care she merits. he will need to face a wierd and antagonistic world—from the monetary districts of a walled long island to the armed camp of Washington, DC—but if he is profitable, his daughter could see again.
And alongside the best way, a revolution may get started.
WHAT got here AFTER is formed by means of concerns on everyone's brain right away: poverty, company strength, entry to heath care, the outsourcing of presidency, mom and dad' duties to their children.
But at its center, it is a post-apocalyptic experience in a desolate and treacherous international: THE WIZARD OF ounces meets center OF DARKNESS, on the finish of the yank dream.
From the critics:
"Sometimes I simply continue listening to a couple of booklet on social media and that i get so curious, I hunt down the ebook myself. working example: Sam Winston's outstanding WHAT got here AFTER, an booklet concerning the finish of the realm. i began interpreting after dinner and did not cease till i stopped. this is often no usual publication. Character-driven, haunting, and gorgeously written, i believe it is a classic"
— Caroline Leavitt, big apple instances bestselling writer of images OF YOU.
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No. ” “No. No automobile, no leaving the premises, no not anything. I can’t offer you any entry to the surface whatever. Too giant a possibility. ” Weller status dumbstruck. contemplating these boarded and chained entrances. The loading dock doorways welded close. “Consider your self lucky,” Oates acknowledged. “We unfolded to allow you to in, yet it’s simply too damned risky to open up and allow you to out. you already know. ” “No. Frankly, I don’t. ” “You’ve been in the market. you understand how it's. I’m saving you from your self. ” “You’re now not. ” “Then I’m saving my humans out of your awful judgment. From the issues you’d have me divulge them to. ” “And what issues could that be. ” “Come on. simply because you didn’t run into them doesn’t suggest you don’t comprehend. ” “Try me. ” Oates threw up his arms. “Good God, guy. it all. Mutants. Infestations. Monstrosities of each style. ” “It’s no longer that approach. ” “And I’m speculated to belief you over Colonel Marlowe. ” “It’s no longer that means. really it’s no longer. ” “That’s comforting, coming from a fellow who’ll do whatever for cash. You’re as undesirable as Patterson. ” “I’m no mercenary. ” doing away with the photo. The Polaroid that have been throughout the mill and regarded 100 years outdated. the picture on it only a dream of itself. Carmichael’s signature long past totally. He placed it at the table in entrance of Oates and held one finger on it and slid it ahead. announcing, “I got here as a result of her. ” Oates picked it up. observed the light lines of a blue sky and eco-friendly grass. The yellow Hummer and the 2 fathers and the 2 teenagers. Smiling, them all, available in the market on this planet someplace. “That’s my daughter,” Weller stated. “She can’t see rather well, and that fellow there's getting her imaginative and prescient fastened right away. actual medical professionals and every thing. No expenditures spared. I acknowledged I’d deliver him again a motor vehicle in money. ” Oates regarded quizzical. commencing his drawer and doing away with a magnifier. “This is your daughter? ” he stated. “The one taking a look off to the aspect? ” “Yes sir. She begun wasting her imaginative and prescient the minute she used to be born. ” “That’s a really unhappy tale. ” searching through the glass. “I’ll let you know what, though,” stated Weller. “That’s the type of mutation you’ll discover there. sons and daughters going blind. now not monsters. simply sons and daughters like Penny. broken via what grown-ups have performed to the realm. ” “Really. ” placing down the glass and attaining into the drawer back. “Little children,” he acknowledged. His hand coming again with anything silvery in it. “No subject of what you think,” Weller stated, pointing to his daughter, “regardless of what you’ve advised yourselves, that little woman correct there's the truth. ” “Not in line with Marlowe it isn’t,” stated Oates. In his hand used to be Weller’s previous Zippo. He spun the wheel and touched the flame to the nook of the Polaroid, which went up immediately. Vaporized. Oates letting it cross after which simply sitting there together with his pistol in its shoulder holster. Smiling and looking ahead to him. bold him to contradict the authorised knowledge. * He vacillated among cursing Oates for burning the image and telling himself that it didn’t subject. That he didn’t want it anymore simply because he’d be again north quickly.