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Chronicles of After and Before: Sequel to The Ozimord Project by Vera Mont continues the tale of the Ozimord Project but from the view of three new characters who documented every life-altering event they went through. Dr. Gref Abur, Oola, and SO Hamad share their findings with readers through journal entries, letters, and logs. Colonization greatly impacted the new planets as they were bombarded with an influx of changes. As Oola, Gref, and SO Hamad take readers on their journey of self-reflection, understanding, and adaptation, they are left to realize what going to Earth means for these planets.
Vera Mont ensures her readers got their money’s worth with Chronicles of After and Before. The Ozimord Project was released in 2019, and I never expected there to be a sequel. I was pleasantly surprised to find it and was even more excited when I read the blurb. The jump in the POVs made the plot exciting. The fragmented narrative allowed me to form a connection with the three protagonists at different points in their journeys. The descriptions revealed so much of what was happening without being too long or tedious. The socio-political and environmental impact of the “invasions” was perfectly detailed. I loved the log entries of SO Hamad from Ozimord because I was looking forward to seeing what happened there, although Oola already had my heart from the beginning. Dr. Abur was perhaps the most coherent and left much information for future generations. This novel was exactly what I wanted from Vera Mont. She executed everything perfectly. From world-building to character development, she gave me a complete entertainment package I enjoyed until the end.