When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is.
She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing.
But what they discover changes everything. And if they can't figure out how to put their new found ghostly powers to work, humanity will be extinct for good. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
The Next Thing I Knew is an interesting YA science fiction/fantasy novel. Seventeen year old, protagonist Lucy Morgan wakes up to discover she and everyone else on the planet are dead; ghosts. Lucy is a well rounded character who comes into her own as the story progresses. She is funny and sees the good in others. She ultimately becomes the leader of a small group of teens. They set out to discover what happened and save Earth. The plot is a unique, post-apocalyptic story. Typical of most YA books, the story developed at a fast pace keeping the reader on a roller coaster ride. There is some romance and implied sex, but the story line revolves around saving the earth.
Corwin’s imagination and writing style is well thought out and enjoyable. While it isn't completely believable, it fits into the realm of fantasy. Fantasy fans will enjoy the aliens and ghosts. Fans of science fiction will love the technology scattered throughout the tale. The Next Thing I Knew touched on good versus evil along with religious and moral issues. Overall, this is a good read and I recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy and science fiction in a young adult genre.
I want to thank John Corwin for sharing this novel with me in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this book 3 coffee cups out of 5.
Labels: fantasy, sci-fi, YA