Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments

Review: After the End by Amy PlumAfter the End by Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
Publisher: HarperTeen on May 6th 2014
Source: Purchased
Pages: 322
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"I have no idea what is truth and what is fiction. I'm all I've got now. I can't trust anyone."

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.

Here Are My ThoughtsWhy I Picked It UpThis was my first Amy Plum book. I’ve read a few dystopians, and the idea of one that really wasn’t intrigued me.

PlotFor her whole life, Juneau has been told that World War III was responsible for mass destruction and that her clan are some of the only survivors left. When Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find her whole clan missing, she finally learns the truth: there was no WWIII. So she goes searching for her clan and is forced to seek help from a boy she knows she can’t trust.

This book has left me incredibly irritated. A lot of questions were raised, but hardly any of them were answered. It almost feels as if the book ended in the middle of the story. The fact that I want the answers so badly can probably be attributed to the good storytelling.

There wasn’t a lot of action. It didn’t bother me for the most part. However, there were a few times when I was bored due to the lack of things happening.

Leading LadyI loved Juneau. She had no problems whatsoever taking care of herself. My favorite characters are those who are independent and Juneau was definitely that. That’s not to say she didn’t struggle with some things. Skinning a rabbit? Done. Building a fire? Easy peasy. Talking to members of normal society? Now that’s a problem. Juneau’s abnormal upbringing has resulted in her possessing little social ability. Why would she need any? I mean, she’s known the same 30-40 people her whole life. That hasn’t required her to learn many social skills.

Leading MaleMiles got on my nerves for the majority of the book. He made some very stupid decisions. It wasn’t until the end that he started to grow on me. I think part of my problem with him was that he didn’t compare to the great character that Juneau was. They contrast each other but the differences only work in Juneau’s favor.

RomanceMiles and Juneau are complete opposites. When they first meet, Juneau thinks Miles is an an idiot. Mile’s view of Juneau isn’t any better. He believes that she suffers from insanity. As they spend more time together, their opinions start to gradually change. They start falling for each other, despite Mile’s ulterior motives and Juneau knowing that  she can’t trust him.

Other CharactersTallie was my favorite minor character. She was slightly cliched, being the kooky, mysterious, insightful older woman. Nonetheless, she was still extremely likeable.

Miles’ dad was the typical rich man character whose only concern is business. He neglected Miles and never did anything to show that he cared.

ConclusionAfter the End definitely had its flaws. Even so, it was a book that I enjoyed. The lack of resolution has all but assured that I’ll pick up the sequel.

3.5 Stars

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About Amy Plum

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Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

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