I AM DESTROYED.Now…I really love it when I learn something about myself from reading a book.What I learned from Afterimage: I CAN’T HANDLE THIS BULLSHIT!!!! I am a soft-hearted, kind person who wants everyone to be happy. I love fairy tales and puppies and ice cream sundaes. This? This is torturous angst that rips you apart and skewers you and eats you alive and then spits you out and stomps on you and flicks you off its shoe into a vat of burning lava only to burn to a fiery death.THIS BOOK WAS ONE OF THE SINGLE MOST PAINFUL JOURNEYS I HAVE EVER HAD TO TAKE… It felt like I did not breathe even once the entire time. 1500 pages of Evenfall (book 1) sets you up to be so intertwined with these characters that you actually CHOOSE to go through this heartache, rage, WTF’ery…in book 2. I finished with physical and emotional aches…and an underlying, simmering frustration that I can’t quite understand nor shake. If you’re the kind of person who reads from afar and thinks “oh yay, angst, how fun…let’s see what happens...”, you’ll love this book. Me? I just get WAY too connected, too involved, too invested…this book felt like a breakdown for me. Did I love it? No, I HATED it. Was it brilliant? OF COURSE IT WAS. Urgh. But if I don’t get some kind of reprieve in the next book…if there isn’t even a MORSEL of something good and happy coming up…I will crack open some MAJOR whoopass!After Book 2:Boyd – you blabbermouthing WHORE!Hsin – Heartbreaking, I LOVE YOU HSIN! I WILL NEVER TURN AWAY FROM YOU!Carhart – Preach, brother…WORD. This man speaks TRUTH.Kassian – Please…just STAY OUT OF IT, you wanna-be-porn-starEmilio – cannot wait to get to know you!!!