"The exhilarating thing about Gregory's new book is how he draws you effortlessly into a story that engages the reader and plays on some powerful themes. The underlying idea of what people seek in religion is exactly what makes this story so powerful: is God real or just a thought in our heads? Using parables to highlight the background of the characters enhances the religiosity – that the Godhead is perceived by them with the use of a drug named Numinous suggests the best of Huxley and Dick. Afterparty will make you puzzle and probe your own beliefs, whatever they are, and even the staunch atheist will find things to ponder on a philosophical basis. A truly mind-bending novel by an intelligent and creative novelist – one that will break down boundaries in the science fiction genre."— Raul
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, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.
“Wickedly clever entertainment.” —SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) on Pandemonium
“Part superhero fiction, part zombie horror story, and part supernatural thriller, this luminous and compelling tale deserves a wide readership beyond genre fans.” —Library Journal, starred review, on Raising Stony Mayhall
“A quietly brilliant second novel. . . . A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation will earn this understated novel an appreciative audience among fans of literary SF.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Devil's Alphabet