Book Reviews

After the End by Amy Plum

After the End (After the End, #1)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.

My Thoughts

I struggled to get through this book. The plot was a bit dull, and although I was drawn into the post apocalyptic setting and I could see how the adults could lie to the children as long as they did in the beginning, the illusion of that was shattered as soon as Juneau found the book that was dated wrong. After the revelation that this was not a post apocalyptic world things started to go downhill. Starting with the pointless kidnapping of an entire clan of people and continuing into the very convenient magic that seemed to change the rules for its use.

The characters in this book were also not convincing. Juneau was very annoying. Whenever something bad happened she always seemed to have a way to get out of it. It was especially obvious when there was no explanation for why she had the abilities she did.

Miles was just as bad as Juneau as his only useful ability seemed to be driving. He was is the right place at the right time to find Juneau and attempted to call his father before she fried his phone, but then did not do the sane thing and find the nearest payphone to deliver the girl he thought was insane to his father.

All the characters in this book stayed exactly how they started, not developing at all during the story.

I give this book a 2/5, as the plot was drawn out and there was minimal character development making it a boring read. I would not recommend this book as I did not enjoy reading it and could not finish the sequel.



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