The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans: Book Review

The Memory of After (The Memory Chronicles, #1)

Summary (via Goodreads): In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

Review: This book was fun. And slightly cool in a thought provoking way. It was specifically mind blowingly-epic. The descriptions of the world were intense and cool, Appelhans put a lot of thought into their creation. The characters could have developed a little bit more, but overall they did a good job with transitioning. 

My favorite part were the flashbacks in the memory files to Felicia’s days on Earth. Her parents are diplomats and she lives an incredible and heartbreaking life. They all reveal parts of her life that better explain her attachment to certain people in the afterlife or why she works so hard to save certain people. They aren’t just randomly picked, but they are all chosen as she comes to term with each of them, the purpose of Level 2. 

This book is actually an angel book, which I did not expect from the cover and title. It just didn’t seem that this one would be about angels and a almost heaven like afterlife experience. However, there are various different classes of angels that are introduced, including the bad angels that are so often read about.

Level 2 was a fun and quick read and I suggest it to any one looking for exactly that. Don’t expect anything more, but I would suggest it to those of you who have time.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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