by Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
Published by HarperTeen Release date : May 6th, 2014
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Revenants series is one of my favorites, so when I saw that Amy Plum had a new book coming out, I had to have it. She is such an amazing writer; bringing us fresh and unique storylines and worlds that I love to sink into. And After the End did not disappoint.
Living in isolation in Alaska, Juneau and her clan live a simple yet fulfilling life, in the aftermath of World War III. Or so she thinks. After the disappearance of her clan, and mentor, Juneau sets out to find them, meeting up with Miles along the way. Miles, your average teenage boy, has a hidden agenda but agrees to help. As the Hunter becomes the Hunted, the race to find her clan, the truths about her people, Juneau and Miles come out and they must work together through the lies and betrayal.
After the End has a blend of things and they are all incorporated together nicely. There was a dystopian feel in the beginning, a little “magic”, compelling mystery and romance too. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what the blazes was going on. Where did the clan go? Why are there so many people after her? Why the lies about their world?
I love Juneau. Not only is she smart and resourceful, but she is so brave and strong. Her life was literally thrown upside down, between finding out about the lies she was told and her missing clan. Not to mention, adjusting to the world that she thought didn’t exist. She is very hesitant to trust anyone, especially Miles. And who could blame her? But as the two got closer, I quite enjoyed how close they got.
Miles. You know, his character is very believable and real, but it took me awhile to warm up to him. Like Juneau. I thought he was very ambitious to take on the task that he did, but at the same time, I was a little floored by it. I guess people will go to great lengths to prove themselves. Anyway. He doesn’t trust Juneau, anymore than she trusts him, and I could totally see why. There are some things that Juneau says and does, that makes you a little bit skeptical.
The romance slowly builds over the course of the novel. No insta love (YAY!). The walls slowly come down around and as they learn to trust each other, their feelings start to deepen. However cute the romance is, I am glad it didn’t take precedence and push the main plot aside. There is so much else going on, ya know?
My Peeve –
So, we learn about the WHYs and HOWs of Juneau’s clan, and while the Yara is explained very well, I can’t see where it ties in with everything else. Is this something extra? Is it real? Also, the abrupt ending. I mean, what in the ever-living flip!?
I really, really liked this. I highly recommend this one! And, after that cliffhanger ending!? Ahhhh!