Book Review: After the End

Book Review: After the EndAfter the End by Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 6th 2014
Pages: 336
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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.

thoughtWhat a breath of fresh air!

After beginning to think that I have hit a brick wall with dystopian and post-apocalyptic reads, After the End is a beyond pleasant surprise.

The tale begins with Juneau and her clan living in the wilds of Alaska. To her and her people, life outside their small town is dangerous. The land saturated with radiation. Those who may have survived a threat to everything Juneau and her people have worked so hard to protect. You see, Juneau and her fellow clans-people believe in 1984, or some time shortly there after, World War III happened. The world decimated by nuclear weapons. Everything basically destroyed. They have only survived thanks to her mentor and his like-minded friends leaving society for the wilds of Alaska shortly before it all came to pass.

After the End started off like any post-apocalyptic read. But it quickly took a right turn. That is when things really got interesting.

The war never happened.

One of the key elements to After the End is Juneau discovering everything she thought she knew is a lie. There was no war. Her perfect little town may not be so perfect after all. Plus, now in order to save her clan, she must travel outside of her comfort zone, into a world she previously thought had disappeared. A world that she had only read about. After the End is a tale about discovery on many different levels. Juneau learning the truth of her world. Learning that everything she had once cherished is not how it appeared to be. Her companion to the new world, Miles, discovering that the world has so many different possibilities. Some that are even beyond comprehension.

Before I even started After the End, I was ready to write it off. Oh, it looked interesting enough. But I figured it was probably going to be just another post-apocalyptic read. (I didn’t reread the summary before starting, so I had forgotten that it discusses the post-apocalyptic world being a fake.) Nothing super special. Maybe the read it and forget it type. But After the End wasn’t like anything I had expected. It had action, kinda (not really, you have to read it to understand) supernatural element. It has a romance that works! No insta-love here folks! It was exactly what I was needing and everything I wasn’t expecting it to be.

Verdict:

Delightful. Fun. I cannot wait for the next installment.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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5 responses to “Book Review: After the End

  1. Here’s a dystopian I might be able to get behind! I generally avoid dystopia but the idea that the post-apocalyptic world doesn’t actually exist is very intriguing. The lack of instalove is also a bonus…

  2. I’ve read Amy Plum’s Revenants series… and… umm… feels are complicated for that one! There’s lots of potential for this dystopian book though, and I’d love some breath of fresh air too =)

    • I tried the Revenants series as well. I never got past the first book. It was… ok, but not really for me. After the End is like night and day to the Revenants series. So much so that it doesn’t feel like it is the same author.

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