I received this book for free from the Publisher 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 #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 6th 2014
Source: the Publisher
While I was incredibly excited to read After the End I’m sad to tell you that it wasn’t entirely my cup of tea. The story had an incredible exciting premise, with some unique twists along the way, but sadly, it didn’t really live up to my expectations.
I was compelled at first! I loved the beginning of the book. You read all about how Juneau and her clan live as ‘survivors’ after WWIII. I enjoyed learning about the life they’d built for themselves and the ‘survivor lifestyle’ was really compelling and intriguing. Even though it only lasted a few pages. The added magical aspect, the Yara and how Juneau uses it to her advantage to escape, was quite fascinating as well.
While the rest of the book was okay and enjoyable, there were quite some things that bugged me. For starters: It just doesn’t seem plausible for a girl raised to believe that World War III left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation adapted so fast to modern day life. I don’t like to say that it’s unrealistic, because it’s called fiction for a reason and anything is possible in books, but her entire life she has believed that they were a ‘small’ group of survivors to escape ‘WWIII’ and somehow she adapts surprisingly fast to the use of electronics and driving a car. In my opinion that’s just not realistic…
I wasn’t too fond of the romance either. While Juneau is strong (no doubt about that, she does everything within her power in order to save her people) she fell for Miles’s really fast. Even though he acted like a spoiled rich kid every step of the way. I’ll give him some credit, because he did change later on and became way more likable, but still. Juneau tells herself plenty of times that she doesn’t have the time for a teenage boy, but she falls for him anyway. It was a bit frustrating. Both Juneau and Miles are okay characters though. I didn’t really connect with them, but they were pretty fun to read about after all.
Like I said before, this book was really an ‘okay’ read. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. I’m sad there wasn’t more focus on the magical aspect of the story, it felt like that part didn’t really get to shine in the book. The story was a bit slow and sometimes predictable, if it wasn’t for that ending I don’t think I would want to read the sequel. As it is… the ending was absolutely killer, and now I need to know what happens, so I probably will anyway.