Title: After The End (After The End #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: May 20th 2014
Read it in: 1 Week
You can buy it through amazon (UK) here.
Synopsis: Provided by Goodreads:
When Juneau discovers that everything she’s been raised to believe about her life is a lie, she has no choice but to set out into an unknown world to rescue her family. 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.
So here is the thing, I had very high expectations of this book. After being such a huge fan (I still am!) of the Die For Me series, I think I was wrong to read After The End so soon after fangirlling over Die For Me with my friend. I wanted something similar, and lets be honest, this is nothing like Die For Me.
But lets not judge this book on her previous work. I loved how this book started. Knowing there was a war that destroyed practically everything and lead to this selection of people (who had managed to ‘escape’) living in the Alaskan wilderness. Being honest, I loved how it started yes but always wanted something more. Plum did not disappoint.
Before long we found out there was never a war! And my reaction was pretty much holy crap! Like these people had lived in the wilderness for 30 years and had no idea that there was a world outside of their world – or maybe they weren’t clueless. This is what Juneau has to deal with as she goes out searching for her family and friends who were taken from her, in a world alien to her own.
The major points to this book is the fact that I had no idea what was going on. Except for the fact that Juneau and Miles were to be friends (he will take you far? Miles? going miles? it wasn’t hard to figure out). But other than that, I was literally kept in the dark but enjoyed that. It isn’t often that I read a book and can’t figure out what is going on before the characters in the book figure it out.
The road trip these two go on was great. I loved every stop along the way. We had a lovely mix of a world that Miles was used to (our world) and one that Juneau was more suited to (camping, catching your own food etc) and it was just great reading about how they reacted in each others worlds. I just loved how these two were when they were together, to be honest.
But I am so excited for Until the Beginning!!
4 stars out of 5 stars!