I’m thrilled to welcome author Jen Alexander to the blog today to introduce to you The Aftermath, a game quite unlike any other. Over the course of the tour you’ll be granted access to the game’s start up menu where you’ll learn what types of missions and challenges await you in The Aftermath, as well as the rules to which you’ll need to adhere. Be sure and follow along for the complete gaming experience, and tell us, how well do you think you’ll fare in The Aftermath?
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Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.
A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.
In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.
Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge sometimes with devastating consequences all just to live another day.
With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.
If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.
August 26th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?
Our world went to sleep in the spring of 2036, when the sky opened up, releasing asteroids. Releasing blizzards and hailstorms and then a heat wave that blistered the land. Releasing death. When Nashville and her inhabitants awoke hours—maybe even days—later, we were all as good as dead. Our only source of food came from the few factories untouched by the storms—mostly there were protein bars, but sometimes we were fortunate enough to find other food. We prayed for water, for rain.
We hoped for a miracle.
But the cannibals came.
Welcome to The Aftermath.
Now that you’ve joined up with your clan, it’s time to start collecting weapons. There are a variety of weapons in The Aftermath, some of which that are more difficult to find. Locating the right weapon could mean the difference between life and death, and characters can have no more than two firearms on his person at a time—so choose wisely.
· Fire Power
o Handguns: Various models of handguns can be acquired throughout the game—the most readily available being the Tech Arms Limited Edition Aftermath Glock 9mm. Designed by the top weapons manufacturer in the United Provinces, this exclusive Aftermath pistol is a replica of a popular firearm from the same era as the game. Packs a punch and holds a lot of ammo—if you know where to look for an extended magazine. This is the ideal weapon for close quarter combat or suppressive fire.
o Rifles: A variety of rifles can be acquired but they are more difficult to find than handguns. Most rifles within the world of The Aftermath give gamers the ability to shoot from a greater distance and hit targets through wooden and plaster walls—so it’s no surprise they’re the weapon of choice for the running-gun type of gamer. While rifles give you a significant advantage in a firefight due to their high magazine capacity and faster rate of fire, carrying these weapons and large amounts of ammo will fatigue your character quicker. For the gamer who likes to stalk his prey? Get your hands on a sniper rifle.
o Grenades: A quick way to eliminate multiple opponents and clear a flesh-eater den, frag grenades are found throughout the game. Want to make a hasty getaway? Drop a smoke grenade—or two.
· Bladed Weapons
o Buck Knife: There are multiple types of bladed weapons that can be found in The Aftermath, including throwing knives and swords, but the most popular is your standard buck knife. Medium-sized and lightweight, they’re easy to maneuver during a fight.
o Machetes: Used for cutting small trees and branches, these long-bladed weapons carry enough whack to get flesh-eaters out your way.
o The most readily available weapon in The Aftermath is your own character. This is the weapon you start the game with, and when things get crazy—and you find yourself with no weapon—your character may be your only chance at survival. Kick, punch, knee, and elbow your way out of a flesh-eater den, but remember, hand-to-hand combat is extremely taxing on your character’s HP and endurance. Even when you’re the winner, you’ll always come out damaged. Especially when you’re battling multiple enemies.
About Jen Alexander
A native of North Carolina, Jen Alexander spent her childhood with her nose buried in either a book or a video game, and sometimes both at the same time. Following a dream about a character trapped inside a live-action video game, Jen was encouraged by her husband to write The Aftermath, which is her debut novel. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, going to the gym, and trying to beat agonizingly tough levels of God of War and Call of Duty.
Jen is represented by Mollie Glick at Foundry Literary + Media.
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