Afterimage (The Enertia Trials, #1) by J. Kowallis

Reggie’s dreams aren’t what one would call normal dreams.

Each night, visions of the future flit through her mind like pieces of a puzzle. And every morning the pieces are pulled forcefully from her memory through drugs and torture by Public One.

Then one night Reggie’s dreams change. The future she sees in her dreams is never about her, until it is. She knows they are coming for her, whether they are aware of that fact yet or not. She knows they will take her away but she doesn’t know how she will convince them to keep her alive.

Public One will do anything to keep her. Reggie will have to make the decision if she is willing to do the same to stay out.

Afterimage is one of the many ‘apocalyptic type event occurred and now society is trying to rebuild itself’ kind of stories one sees floating around these days. There’s the ‘perfect society’ – in this case Public One; and there’s those who refuse to conform – in this book referred to as Nomads. Neither side can stand the thought of the other and as so often happens, skirmishes do occur.

Reggie is a member (or more accurately, a prisoner) of Public One. She is a precognitive, or precog, and through her dreams can see the future. Those in charge at Public One use her dreams as a way to keep one step ahead of the Nomads and to keep the peace inside the city.

The characters in Afterimage, while varied, tend to fall a bit flat in my opinion. There’s no real in depth description behind any one person’s background. We don’t get a real feel of why any of them act or react they way they do. It would be easy to argue that many of them suffer from PTSD in one shape or another, but the question would then be ‘Why?’. What happened during the war and its aftermath? Why would that event and not this other one make this person act this way?

Unfortunately, we are not given these answers in this first book.

Another think that threw me out of the story were the number of spelling and grammatical errors I encountered throughout. The errors weren’t glaringly obvious, nor were they constant; but they were enough to interrupt the flow of the narrative. I cannot say whose fault it was these tiny errors got through, but a good proofreader should have caught them.

As this is the first book in a series, the ending was left open for the next book. The immediate problems were resolved but the overall story arc was left incomplete. As dissatisfied as I was with this book, it is unlikely I will be looking for the second or third books.

On a last side note, is ‘enertia’ a real word or was it made up for this story? I’m afraid Google failed me as all I found were references to corporations and computer software. It is something I shall have to ponder and perhaps look more in to.

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