Title: Life, A.D.
Author: Michelle E. Reed
Genre: Young Adult/Speculative Fiction
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Formats: eBook and print
Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.
Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.
Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.
The world building in this book was phenomenal. We have a train station, a city (which is forbidden, go figure) and the complexes where the younger people go. All are described in great detail, that can make on hesitant on if it's real or not.
We have Dez, who died in a car accident. Overall, she's a well rounded girl. Plays music, wanted to major in science etc. But I didn't think someone so well together would take almost a quarter of a book to come to grips with the fact that they're dead. The fact she took so long, was slightly annoying. She had a bitch fit like no other. I get it, you are dead and don't want to comes to terms. It's later revealed the whole picture of how she dies and it's a perfect example of a 'Don't text and drive' ad.
In this book there are a ton of secondary characters. All playing a crucial part in Dez's journey to eternal peace. At the same time, there were points where I felt like I was back in high school. Which honestly almost gave me a headache. Just shows that drama doesn't end after death.
Above I mentioned that there was a forbidden city and I think you will not be shocked to realize that Dez goes to it. I mean, how can one be teased about a gorgeous city and not be able to go. Were there ramifications for going? And will Dez find eternal peace? You'll just have to read and see.
As one whose always interested in how an author takes on the afterlife, this was a great read. I will note that if you're looking for a book that spans over a longer period of time, this is not one I'd recommend. This one really focuses on one day at a time. But hey, the afterlife doesn't slow down or speed up for anyone.
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About the author
Michelle E. Reed was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.a Rafflecopter giveaway