Title: After the End
Author: Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
About: 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.
My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that this book is as good as it sounds. I was sucked in right off the bat and finished it in less than 24 hours — without staying up until 4 a.m.!
Juneau’s life at the beginning is really interesting and neat to see. Before leaving Alaska, she leaves her Huskies with a woman who boards animals. And that scene was heart-breaking. I’m telling you this because Amy Plum is a very good writer. I could feel for the characters and really get wrapped up in the story. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. And, well, it ended way too soon for my tastes. But more on that later.
The story is told from both Juneau’s perspective and also from the perspective of a guy named Miles. And, yes, they cross each others’ paths. And I found reading from both perspectives quite easy to follow, and enjoyable. It was neat to see Juneau through Miles’ eyes. And it was good to know right off the bat that, while perhaps somewhat misguided, Miles is one of the “good” people. (And, no, I’m not spoiling anything.)
My one BIG complaint is that there is a HUGE cliffhanger. And by huge, I mean will-someone-be-OK-big. I don’t like cliffhangers like that. I like knowing everyone’s accounted for (or shown to be gone or whatever), and just that we are so not over with the story yet. I don’t like the ones where a character’s life is literally on the line. And that, dear friends, is why I couldn’t give this a full five stars. I was pissed that there wasn’t just one more chapter to tell me if this person was OK.
Aside from the maddening cliffhanger ending, After the End by Amy Plum is a fantastic novel. I am very eagerly awaiting the next book in this series — and not just on account of the cliffhanger!
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: After the End is scheduled for release around May 6, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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