My first review! Read on!
Book: In the After
Author: Demitria Lunetta (debut)
In what seems like an instant, Amy Harris’s life is changed forever. They arrive and quickly begin killing off humanity one by one. No one knows how they got here—and even worse, no one knows how to stop Them.
Marooned in a high-security house, Amy manages to stay alive—and even rescues “Baby,” a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. For years they escape death, forging a bond as strong as sisters, until they are finally rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living on a former government research compound.
On the surface, New Hope is the happy ending Amy was looking for. She’s even started falling for Rice, a handsome researcher she’s become close with at the facility. But then she makes a shocking discovery. And staying in New Hope could mean losing her freedom . . . or her life.
This story was a pleasure to read. As a hardcore lover of both classic and young adult dystopic novels, I was a little hesitant for this novel based on Them, but I ended up really enjoying it and the role they play in the story. I’m usually left frustrated with dystopic teen novels (with a few obvious popular exceptions, of course), but Demetria was able to introduce a very adult and serious crisis, environment and emotions in a way that was accessible and easy to understand, while also leaving enough a mystery that you keep reading. (I can’t stand when the twists and key plot lines are essentially written in ALL CAPS so you can predict the ending right at the beginning). Thank you for NOT doing this in In the After!!!
The story is told in three parts, and the story becomes increasingly compelling as you go. The third part of the novel was written in the most creative and technically challenging way, and as result I enjoyed the story the most towards the end. Demetria has built a solid first novel (There is at least one more book planned in the series – confirmed by the author’s website to come out in Summer 2014).
The writing was tight in this novel and contributed positively to the story. There were times in the beginning where I felt action scenes were perhaps not as descriptive as they could be (an example is on page 66, a gunfight is described, yet there is no physical mention of “shooting” until the group retreats). The book also shifted tense from the first section to the rest of the book, and that was a bit disconcerting initially.
Overall, this book is captivating. From the beginning, the tone is catchy. the protagonistic is realistic and likeable and you’ll finish the novel quickly, primarily because you won’t want to put it down.
Major thanks to EpicReads for sending me the book based on the “In the After” Survival Kit Contest!
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