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Afterparty by Daryl Gregory


by Daryl Gregory

Other authors: Deanna Hoak (Copy editor)

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Afterparty is about a group of scientists who are trying to find a cure for schizophrenia and develop a drug, Numinous. They decide to sell their company to a big pharmaceutical, but during their celebrating they overdose on their own drug with tragic consequences. One of them gets killed and each of them is affected by a permanent side effect: they start being followed by their own personal god. When she realizes that their drug is out on the streets, Lyda, the main protagonist, gets out of the mental hospital and tries to find the source of the illicit drug distribution and put an end to it. Afterparty is a thriller, but aside from that, raises questions concerning religion, human personality and free will, with a nice share of humour and some really really good characters ( none of the main protagonists are clinically sane). ( )
  LauraM77 | Jun 28, 2016 |
Not quite as good as I had hoped for but no regrets. Interesting future scenario and that is quite a drug they came up with there. Right in line with the modern literary science fiction trend, so if you like that, you'll like this. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Wow! This really exceeded my expectations.

Previously, I've read Gregory's 'The Devil's Alphabet.' I didn't really like that book, aesthetically, and thought it had flaws - but I thought the writing was good enough that I wanted to give the author another try. I've actually got 'Pandemonium' in my TBR backlog, but 'Afterparty' came up on NetGalley, so I requested it and it went to the top of the list.

I wholeheartedly loved it. What if, instead of technology, William Gibson wrote about drugs? You might get something like 'Afterparty.' Actually, here, the drugs pretty much are technology. In this near future,'smart drugs' are all the rage, rather than cybernetic enhancements. Designer cocktails which can drastically rearrange your neurons are simple and easy to get, due to the development of chem-jet printers, which can mix up a dose for you without too much effort. Plain old tobacco cigarettes are more strictly controlled than any number of bizarre intoxicants.

However, the founders of the start-up company Little Sprout weren't interested in a party drug. They hoped that their medical research might be able to find a cure for schizophrenia. However, the events of one terrible night led to them all being affected by an overdose of their own product.

Lyda Rose, formerly a successful businesswoman, is now in a mental hospital and accompanied by an imaginary angel. But when a young woman is admitted to the hospital with religious delusions that mirror Lyda's own, Lyda fears - with cause - that the drug she developed has made it out onto the street. And she's got to do something about it.

The story that ensues is a fast-moving, easy-to-read thriller - but it also has a lot to say about atheism, religion, the nature of humanity and the meaning of sanity. It's also got a plethora of hilariously quirky characters, and sharp-witted, hip commentary on today's society.

Recommended for subscribers to 'Wired,' and fans of both Neal Stephenson's REAMde and Gibson's 'Pattern Recognition.' ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Very similar plot to Sternberg's _Shovel Ready_ - instead of plugging into the net in order to "see God," these folks are taking a drug. Cannot say I liked any of the characters too much or had much sympathy for them so it was a bit of a slog. Two point five stars = three. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A team of scientists develops a pharmaceutical that gives people the experience of knowing that there is a God/gods. A decade after one of them overdoses the others, one of the survivors gets out of custody in order to track down the source of a new drug that seems dangerously similar to that pharmaceutical. She has to fight her way through competing drug dealers worried about competition, fellow inmates whose own delusions make them only partially reliable allies, friends from her past—and Dr. Gloria, the angel who follows her around hectoring her about her bad behavior. Heretical, sad, and twisty—a great read. ( )
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If some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and wound up every morning before I get out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.

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"It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right. A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson's Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick's Ubik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts's Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying"--… (more)

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