Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: After the End, by Amy Plum

I really enjoyed the story and the characters in After the End until I got to the end, and then I got angry.

Juneau grew up in a small, primitive village in Alaska believing that she was part of the only group of survivors of WWIII.  When her entire village is kidnapped by bad guys, Juneau sets out to find them. What she finds out is that she has been lied to her entire life.  She arrives in civilization and realizes that the entire world has gone on without her village. People are happy, normal, and living with technology that Juneau could never dream of.

While it is important to her to find her father, her mentor, and the entire village, she also wants to find out why she has been lied to. She ends up traveling with Miles, who happens to be the son of a powerful head of a pharmaceutical company. Miles' father is looking for Juneau, and Miles doesn't know why.

It's a complex and entertaining plot, as the reader figures out things along with Juneau and Miles. I did think she adapted very quickly to this new, modern life, but she's intelligent and spent most of her time reading old newspapers in the library to catch up, so it is somewhat explained.

There's also a paranormal aspect that is interesting. Juneau has powers that she believes come from her connection to nature -- but do they?

There is always something happening and the plot moves quickly. I never lost interest and couldn't wait to see how this all worked out. doesn't work out. After the End isn't a book -- it's 1/3 of a book. I don't mind cliffhangers -- the kind that keep you wondering what the next story is going to be -- but -- I cannot forgive authors that leave NOTHING resolved. The story just ends and nothing is resolved. Not any part of the plot has been resolved. Let me repeat -- NOTHING. This is unforgivable. I feel like the author copped out and went for the money.

So, I really enjoyed this story, but I will only recommend you read this when the next book (or books) comes out. Shame on you, Amy Plum.

Published by HarperTeen, May 6, 2014
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
336 pages

Rating: 3/5

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1 comment:

  1. UGH, so frustrating! I'm going to take your advice and wait.


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