I am a huge fan of Steiner's, which is not exactly unique as he's an obviously incredible writer. I'm not a fan of dystopian, post-apocalyptic stuff, as it's generally too much of a downer for me to derive enjoyment. For that reason, it took me a while to take up his Greenies stories, but I was very glad that I took that leap.
I just started Aftermath, and it's incredibly depressing to start, as one might expect given the subject matter.
My question to the congregation: does it get better and lighten up a bit? Is there light at the end (or even better, somewhere in the middle) of the tunnel? If it just stays dark, like The Walking Dead for example, I don't want to devote the time to finding out. What made Greenies so satisfying is how it showed a future with genuine hope, like the Star Trek universe.
I have no doubt that, even if it does stay dark, it is a quality work deserving of greater attention like the rest of Steiner's output (which I am extraordinarily grateful to have discovered FOR FREE online), but it just isn't my thing.