Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong


Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker...

Details Aftermath

Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews Aftermath

  • Stacee
    Oh man, this was amazing. I loved Skye and Jesse. They’ve both gone through a horrible tragedy, but they’re at different sides of the event. I loved getting both sides of the story and reading them figuring out how to go forward. And Jesse’s mom was one of the best parts. Plot wise, it was everything I wasn’t expecting. There were definitely some heartbreaking moments, but a major part of this story is a mystery and it’s absolutely deli...
  • Christy
    Picking up this book I expected it to be emotional, I mean, it is about the aftermath of a school shooting, so I was expecting to bawl my eyes out. What I was expecting was the other emotions that I would feel while reading this book..Anger that no one would listen, fear about what was happening now, and sadness for how things turned out for a certain character that I wish I could’ve known better. .I know that all sounds kind of vague, but trus...
  • OutlawPoet
    I had to give this one some thought prior to writing my review. I was conflicted.I really like the author and I found the book was extremely suspenseful.I also don’t know that I’m ready for the School Shooting YA sub-genre that seems to be on the horizon. My initial thought was…if it’s done well it should be okay.This largely is. The focus isn’t so much on the shooting itself, but on the aftermath (hence the title). We see the turmoil f...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong in exchange for my honest review.***3.5 STARS After Skye’s brother Luka participates in a school shooting whose victims include her a crush Jesse’s brother, Skye and her mother leave town. Three years later she reluctantly returns. Now a junior, Skye faces bullying, threats and maybe more from classmates who don’t want her back. Or possibly, like t...
  • Rose
    Another great book written by Kelley Armstrong!
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    Review to come!
  • Chiara Lily
    I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC copy of this book by the author (one of my favourites). Whilst I enjoy all her various series so far, I really enjoy the stand-alone YA books she writes. This one is no exception - it takes a dark and confronting subject (the aftermath of a school shooting) and makes it accessible to everyone.The two main characters have both lost loved ones in a school shooting, and the story occurs 3 years after that trage...
  • Stacey
    Aftermath is a very timely thriller from one of my favorite authors, Kelley Armstrong. (I think this woman only knows how to write gold, no matter what her subject). However this one really blew me away. (Ok, I didn't meant that as a pun!). In a world where every headline seems to be a tragedy these days, when they are about school shootings I am always devastated. I want more for the world my own young adult/teenage children live in. This novel ...
  • Kris
  • Kristen
    This was a really engaging read! I liked that it was a thriller. Full review soon!
  • Lisa
    I picked up an advanced reader copy of this title at ALA Midwinter in Denver in February. I have read many Kelley Armstrong titles, but only her adult and teen fantasy titles. This title is neither.If you, like me, read a lot of mysteries from Nixon and Duncan as a teenager than I suggest this book to you once it is available in your local library. It is a wonderful timely murder mystery and it is also a tale of emotional and physical healing. Ms...
  • Lacey
    I voluntarily read an ARC of Aftermath!First Thoughts:The first thing that came to my mind after reading the last word was; Wow. This was such a wonderful and awesome read. The first half really had me near tears while the last half was empowering. This dealt with a difficult topic while adding some action to keep the book moving. A lot happened and I'm still struggling to pick up the pieces. There were so many different emotions I felt while rea...
  • Hilary
    Kelley Armstrong is a master - that's all there is to say. Book after book, she always manages to give us riveting stories, fascinating characters, and electrifying situations."Aftermath" is a standalone YA thriller centred around the fallout after a high school shooting. When your beloved brother is one of the shooters instead of one of the victims, for some people, it doesn't matter that he also died - you are somehow as much to blame for the i...
  • Jackie
    I don’t have any quips or fun anecdotes to lead this review so we’re just going to jump into it! “The Aftermath” starts hopeful as we meet Skye a girl in middle school with an absentee dad, forgetful mother and a brother who promises to make her breakfast before school before taking off and starting her day and getting asked out on her first ever date by the boy she likes when her life is ripped apart upon learning that there was a shooti...
  • Skye
    **I received this book from Random House Children's and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley! ** Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I discovered my first book by her when I was 12 years old. Now, I’m 20 years old and I can honestly say I am still a fan. Armstrong writes such riveting, creative stories—whether their genre be paranormal, thriller or even both. Aftermath was no...
  • Lectus
    Sensitive subject; and I was looking forward to read about the aftermath of a school shooting (with all the shootings that go around nowadays, 22 so far?). Anyways, I was expecting this book to be less annoying with the obvious bullying and patheticness that Skye goes through. Can't she stand up by herself? At 22% I was wondering if the standing up for herself was being saved for the last.Also, what's up with all this hate? Are rural kids that vi...
  • Kathy Martin
    Skye Gilchrist is back home. When she was thirteen there was a school shooting at the high school. Her brother Luka was killed by the police when he came out of a bathroom with a gun. Skye can't understand why her brother would have been involved in a shooting, but the evidence is overwhelming. She was already dealing with an absentee father and a mother suffering from clinical depression. She and her mom went to live with her grandmother but she...
  • Kerri
    Trigger warnings for gun violence and sexual harassmentAftermath follows best friends Skye and Jesse, whose older brothers were involved in a school shooting - Jesse's was a victim, and Skye's was a shooters. After the tragedy, Skye's family leaves town for three years. When she comes back to town to live with her aunt, she becomes the victim of increasingly aggressive harassment, and soon both Skye and Jesse must revisit the worst day of their l...
  • Mark Gardner
    I knew that Aftermath, by Kelley Armstrong, would elicit strong emotions. It’s about the family of a school shooter after all. I found Skye and Jesse to be written well, and very relatable. The emotional arc of both characters was believable, and within the norms one would expect of people in this situation. The writer does an excellent job of disguising the antagonist throughout the book. I had my eye on a character, but as expected that chara...
  • Jennifer Shanahan
    I thought that I would totally love this book after reading the summary, but it was different from what I thought it was going to be. It is about the aftermath of a school shooting and the effects on the families involved afterwards, but it turned into a suspense mystery thriller somewhere in the middle and I feel the the story got kind of lost in all that happened. The story is of Skye, whose brother was supposedly part of a school shooting whic...
  • Teri
    With school shootings becoming all too heart-breakingly common, this novel may not be for everyone.  I will say the content is more about the aftermath (hence, the title), and focuses more on the grieving loved ones left behind.With hints that the details of the shooting may not be entirely truthful, this book kept me turning the pages - and also because of Jesse and Skye.  Both are well-developed characters who struggle to reconnect and revive...
  • Accalia
    I was hooked from the first pages on. It was very painful to read how Skye was feeling and was being treated, knowing that this is reality. Punished for the sins of the father, as they say. I approved that the Muslim-family was the most generous and the most kind family in the book. There is not enough about their goodness in this world ; which perverts our thinking. Every man has the potential for great good and great evil. And they don't slide ...
  • Tara
    Skye doesn't allow herself to miss her brother Luka. Three years ago, Luka participated in a school shooting and was killed by police. Even though he never took a shot, Luka is not one of the victims. When Skye returns home and attends school with people she knew before the shooting, it doesn't take long before the harassment begins. Despite the fact that Skye had no knowledge that the shooting was to occur, nearly everyone in town blames her. As...
  • Jenee Rager
    This is one of the better written, most timely entries into the YA market I've read in years. Three years ago Skye and Jesse were best friends, and teetering on a little more. Then both of their older brothers are killed during a school shooting, only Skye's brother is named as an accomplish and Jesse's brother is a victim. Skye's family gets out of town quickly and they two don't speak again.When circumstances force Skye to return to the town wh...
  • Gina
    This read came at just the right time with the student walk outs and conversations about school shootings. Kelley Armstrong does a great job with creating a suspenseful mystery with dynamic characters that you quickly care about. Skye and Jesse are best friends in 6 th grade until they are called to the office and overhear on the office radio that there has been a shooting at the high school. Skye’s brother is involved with the shooting that ki...
  • Angela
    It was an interesting take on a topic that I rarely come across. On the whole it reminded me of the old young adult books I'd just started reading almost 20 years ago and it had a nice vibe to it. It felt old school murder/conspiracy theory young adult books that were popular back in the early 1990's to me and I haven't come across that particular feeling in a super long time. In some parts of the story things suspended belief a bit too much for ...
  • Suzan
    Kelley Armstrong did it again! She took a difficult subject, in this incident school shooting, and handled it brilliantly, looking at both sides. It was emotional with a great plot and mystery element that kept me guessing until the end. It was well written and showed how such a tragedy can affect the lives of everyone connected to it, with some people being unfairly punished because they are tainted by association in the eyes of the community, e...
  • Cherryonion
    Aftermath is very relevant right now with all the recent US mass shootings that have taken place. It's the story of the survivors of one such school shooting, in particular the family members of both the victims and shooters and how this kind of tragedy has long-reaching consequences for everyone impacted. Fans of Armstrong will instantly recognise the character types and banter, but this one hits home a little more in terms of emotional impact d...