Comments for Afterparty
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory is a Canadian near future speculative fiction. When a teenage girl under arrest for using Numinous — a mind altering drug sort of like a mixture of Flash (see Continuum) and Spice (Dune). But Numinous has permanent side effects, something its creator is living with each and every day.
Most of Afterparty is a detective fiction in a science fiction setting. There's a crime &mdash the illegal distribution of Numinous. There are clues to hunt. And there's a detective — Lyda Rose. But Lyda Rose, as the creator of the drug and ex-user of the drug, she has her own personal angel, a smart mouthed woman named Gloria (who I pictured as an older and sassier version of LeShawna (Total Drama Island).
With a main character who talks to her own personal angel and has some other problems with reality, there's no reliable narrator. In this regard, the mystery unfolds a bit like Memento or Vertigo, but dressed up with all sorts of near-future technology (like micro-farming and 3D printers that print pharmaceuticals).
For me, it was a slow (ten pages a night) but satisfying book. It took about two months to read and another couple to mull. It was well worth the effort though.