(After the End, #1)
by Amy Plum
Releases |May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen|
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She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.After the End was a pretty interesting read for me. I loved the concept of the book and all the different elements that it brought to the table. This was an easy read for me and I was intrigued enough to continue on with the book. Juneau thinks that World War III has happened and that her clan managed to find a way to escape and create a safe place for their people. They have a different way of living. She can connect to the Yara and it helps to guide her whenever she needs guidance and that entire concept of the Yara was very intriguing. But of course, she finds out that she's been lied to her entire life and when her clan is taken she sees that the world has not been destroyed. Her people have been taken and now she's on a mission to get them back.
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.
Juneau was a interesting character. I'm on the fence on how I feel about her. I connected to her character in some ways, but it was never one hundred percent. Most people who comes in contact with her thinks that she is crazy because of the things that she say and the 'starburst' in her eye. Her eyes set her apart from others and makes it hard for her to blend in. When she has to put trust into a boy she knows she can't trust things start getting interesting. Miles is the son of a rich man who owns a pharmaceutical company and wants the drug that makes Juneau the way that she is. She ages slowly and does not get sick and his dad will do anything to get his hands on her (another twist) along with the other people that are out to get her. Once again, I am on the fence with Miles as well. It's something about these two character that kept me from fully connecting with them.
The romance in this book wasn't really the forefront, in my opinion. By the end of the book, the two had feelings for each other. There wasn't much action either, but there was enough to satisfy my needs for it. Overall the book was pretty interesting. It wasn't one of my faves, but I did enjoy the story. I received a copy through edelweiss. All thoughts are my honest opinion!