I received this book for free from ARC, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After the End by Amy Plum
Series: After the End
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-05-06
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Nature & the Natural World, Young Adult
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
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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.
***Bangs head on desk*** I really liked this book until the end then I wanted to punch someone in the face. I just don’t understand, this book was great and then WTF!!! OK so I wont say what happened but it was really frustrating and I must hope upon hope that this is going to be a series or I might actually punch someone.
The story starts after the 3rd World War in a town in Alaska with a group of people that have started a new life separated from a world that was totally devastated. It left only a few people who will do anything to survive but when the outside world breaks in and all the villagers go missing it’s up to Juneau to find them using the only thing she know. Yara which is a form of natural magic that can connect her with her people and nature but when she steps out into a world she thought was lost it becomes apparent that she was lied to because the world outside of there small village is just fine.
That’s sounds AWESOME right? It was and I honestly loved Juneau. The story was told in her and Miles POV. Miles is the kid she meets and she learns is suppose to take her to find her people. I LOVED Miles and I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud. Some of the things he said is in a realistic way because if this happened to you, you would say the same things. The chemistry they had together made this a wonderful read and the banter back and forth was so funny….then we got to the end and I was in a RAGE.
I don’t even know how to explain it. It just ended… it. just. ended. Now no place on the cover does it say book 1 so I can assume that this is a stand alone, however I pray to the gods that this is not a stand alone. As much as I liked the story, the progression of the story was only in the beginning and then the end (In my opinion). The middle was just a lot of driving and connecting to Yara and then to end the way it did after all that driving and Yaraing. I was like WHAT!!!!
Ok so let me just say this. I will recommend this book because I really liked it, and I want you to also feel what I felt at the end. Not because I am a mean person but because it took me 2 weeks to write this review and this book is still fresh in my head and my emotion from it is still the same. That is saying something, so well done Amy Plum, well done. You wrote an amazing book that has stuck with me and will stick with for a very long time but I still pray there will be a book number 2 because I seriously need to know WHAT HAPPENED!!! It could not have just ENDED THAT WAY!!!!
EDIT: Since I already typed this I didn’t want to change anything so I added this edit
I just saw on goodread that this is book 1, my prayers to the gods have been answered and now I don’t have to punch anyone 😉
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