After the End by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
HarperTeen, 322 Pages
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Sub-genre: Dystopian? Supernatural?
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: After the End #1
Voice Actors: Emily Rankin and Graham Hamilton Recommended for: fans of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
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’ve got to say that with some books, it’s better to NOT read the synopsis – After the End by Amy Plum is NOT one of those books. Em started it without reading the synopsis and therefore didn’t understand what was happening with the two POVs. I, on the other hand, have found that lately I can’t start a book unless I’ve read the synopsis! I want to know what I’m getting into! This was such a thrilling book and I loved the two POVs.
I really enjoyed seeing how these characters were different and how they would come together. I got frustrated with them on their journey (silly, teens!) and there was definitely one specific point in the book that I wondered to myself “Wait – what? How did we even end up here?!) The story eventually got back on track but for a minute there, I was completely lost. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read (err – listen – since I listened to the audiobook). The two voice actors had nice voices and that always helps me to enjoy a book a little bit more.
It’s really hard to place this book into a sub-genre (as you can see from my question marks above). It’s got some magic/supernatural elements to it and some (fake) post-apocalyptic elements. But one thing that I know this book is, is that it’s GOOD.
After the End by Amy Plum is definitely different from Amy’s Die for Me series (which Em loved). It’s a survival story and a story of a girl trying to find her family with a dash of maybe love thrown in. I’m excited to see where the story goes from here!