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20 Years Later

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  591 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
LONDON, 2012: It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever.

LONDON, 2032: Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for power
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Dystopia Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ade Couper
May 10, 2012 Ade Couper rated it it was amazing
Ok, dystopian literature has a long & honourable history - from Wells via Wyndham up to several current practitioners in the zombie horror field. This is an excellent entry into that Canon.

The story is sound - it's about 3 teenagers (Zane , Titus , & Erin) , & their life in a ruined London , 20 years after "IT" hapened . IT isn't explained until close to the end of the book , & is dealt with fairly quickly , which actually works well : I didn't find myself wondering what had cau
Heike Harding-Reyland
May 20, 2011 Heike Harding-Reyland rated it really liked it
Twenty years after a devastating event, which killed most of the world’s people, four teens meet in post-apocalyptic London. Trying to keep the safety of the places they are born into and at the same time facing the horrors of a world, where the fight for survival is played out daily between gangs of different backgrounds, the four main characters of the book stumble upon the secret that nearly destroyed the world and have to stand against forces that are more evil than anything they’ve known be ...more
Warning: there are spoilers in this review. The major ones have been tagged, but a few small ones that probably won't affect your overall enjoyment of the story are here.

I was not overly impressed with 20 Years Later. I'd like to say I loved it. I picked it up in the library and read the cover jacket, and it sounded great. It had a perfectly coherent plot. Not everything ended up tied together, and there are sequels coming, but I don't know if I liked the book enough to read them.

The story cente
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
20 Years Later is actually my very first post-apocalyptic novel read. Sometime ago, I actually don't have an idea the difference between post-apocalyptic and dystopian book. While absorbing the knowledge in my head, I was compelled and interested on reading this one. Let's find out shall we?

PLOT. WOW! From the prologue until the epilogue of the book is simply astonishing. The idea of creating the new world is really brilliant. The thought of the nearest destruction of the entire civilization wit
Jun 26, 2011 Lucy.skrypnek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
If I had to describe this book in one sentence it would sound something like this: London, after an apocalypse, with vicious rivalry gangs, crazy doctors, and even kids with supernatural powers. Sounds like a lot to tackle in a book that is just over 300 pages, right? Well, E.J. Newman somehow is able to manage every aspect to craft a great new novel in the dystopic ya genre.

She doesn’t hold back. Her writing style helps for a constant flow that made me want to continue reading with only the od
Jun 13, 2011 Mia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-own
Originally posted at Girl about Books

20 Years Later is an excellent and astonishing start of a new post-apocalyptic series! I just found out some weeks ago that the genres dystopia and post-apocalyptic are different in some ways and 20 Years Later is my very post-apocalyptic book I’ve read. It was also one of my anticipated reads this year and didn't let me down!

The story's plot is the one that piqued my interest in reading this book. The idea of "It", the reason why the world was destroyed an
Kristin Lundgren
Feb 29, 2012 Kristin Lundgren rated it really liked it
This was a great book - reads so easily, and I raced through it. Gripping plot of mostly kids, who have formed gangs following an unknown cause of people dying off and gone. Few adults in this new world. At the center is a young man with a gift, and his mother, who in the middle of two gangs, has made peace by supplying them with medical aid and supplies from her garden that she cultivates in the back of her house. The story unfolds slowly as more characters are introduced, more information on t ...more
Darren Hartwell
Jan 07, 2012 Darren Hartwell rated it really liked it
20 Years Later is a book that I was aware of long before it was picked up by fledgling US publisher Dystopia Press. The publishers very kindly sent me a copy to review many months ago, but even before then I already knew a great deal about the story as Emma Newman, the author of 20 Years Later, had been podcasting the story through her website for some time. Three quarters of the way through doing this she got that publishing deal for the book, but Dystopia Press allowed her to continue hosting ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Jun 29, 2011 Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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3.5/5 Stars

20 Years Later takes place in a London devastated by an unknown horror 20 years earlier, an event referred to only as It. Ruled by roving gangs, fear and fights over territory are rampant, and killing is a daily event. 15 year old Zane and his mother Miri, have carved out an existence as healers, with no alliances with the gangs, and tolerated mostly for their healing abilities. When the Red Lady places them in
Joanne Hall
Jan 27, 2012 Joanne Hall rated it really liked it
Emma Newman is an accomplished writer of creepy short stories for adults that wouldn’t be out of place in a “Tales of the Unexpected” collection. 20 Years Later is her first novel, set in a post-apocalyptic London and aimed squarely at a YA audience. A mysterious disaster, refered to only as “It” has befallen the world, and now, twenty years after the event, the dilapidated city is ruled by rival gangs.

Zane and his mother live in Bloomsbury, Miri’s healing skills helping them to live in uneasy p
Jenny Conatser
Feb 15, 2012 Jenny Conatser rated it it was ok
It had its moments; moments when I was completely sucked in and stayed awake way too long to finish chapters. So I'll give some credit to the author, there. And I thought it was pretty creative to "organize" this dystopia into gangs. But the credit ends there for me. The characters were completely flat, none of the major questions were answered except what "It" was (and if you haven't figured it out by about page 25, you should probably read more, or at least watch more tv),and who caused "It" a ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-reads
After a terrible plague sweeps England, the survivors live in a London ruled by gangs. The main character is a 15 year old boy who's mother is a healer. After seeing something strange, they call the "giant", he begins to understand the delicate balance between rival gangs maintained by his mother to keep him safe and the terrible things that may be going on under the ground that may involve his long lost father. I liked the way it unfolded for the character and the introduction of some new peopl ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya-lit, dystopian
I really hope for a sequel on this book. Although, it could technically stand alone the epilogue implies there will be another novel.

This is a story after "It" happen (what is It? You'll have to read the book to find out).

The main character Zane lives with his mother and they are under to protection of two gangs (Red Lady and the Boys). Gangs rule the world they live in now and modern comforts are gone. Zane meets several other individuals (Titus and Erin) who turn his life upside down. Zane,
April B
Feb 01, 2012 April B rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
So I really enjoyed this book. WIthout the special powers I could actually see this would be the way of the world if there was a apocalyptic event. I really hope there will be another book after this I didnt want it to be over !
Steve White
Oct 26, 2014 Steve White rated it really liked it
I found the first few chapters a little slow, and a little difficult to keep up with. A lot of characters names were being written about which made it a hard to keep track of who was who.
However, once the story really began the book suddenly changed from a lacklustre introduction to a fully fledged mystery adventure. Every night I couldn't wait to pick it up and start reading. Some nights I missed I was disappointed. The final eight chapters or so were certainly the best keeping me captivated, a
Jul 09, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
The ideas were good and the story was captivating. I liked having the different points of view of Erin, Zane, and Titus but I disagreed with all of them. The writing was interesting but there were a couple of swears and that bothered me. Eventually, I felt like the story was dragged out and I was totally frustrated with the mystery. Newman gets points for being unpredictable and getting me to the point where I just had to know what happened (this cannot be said for every book). She loses points ...more
Steve Cotterill
Apr 25, 2016 Steve Cotterill rated it liked it
I was spurred to pick this book up by seeing the author speak at Edge - Lit, in Derby. She sat on the horror panel, 'Do We Still Need Monsters' (or some such, it was to do with whether monsters are still necessary in any case - the answer was yes by the way) and I was impressed with the way she came across. As one of my great loves is a good apocalypse story I thought it was worth picking up her debut novel and seeing what I thought of it.

In all honesty the answer to that, is that my feeling are
Jan 01, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
This was a book of multiple feelings. I loved the idea and story a lot but i feel the execution could have been a little better. I love the world that she creates in this book and the characters as well.

The only thing that bothered me the most was the blocky dialogue that she used and how it seemed she would skip over some parts and didn't give enough details to help the reader understand the world completely. I also felt that Zane annoyed me way to much in some parts.

Another example of this wo
Oct 29, 2012 Sab rated it liked it
Ok this book has some interesting ideas. I liked the characters. It's just the writing style that needs some help. I feel like there is so much potential, it just needs some refinement. A few things absolutely drive me nuts:
1. Don't refer to them as 'children' all the time. The story is told from the point of view of 15 yr. olds and they would never call themselves that...ruins the feeling
2. Telling the reader that the character sees something but doesn't know what it is bothers me. Ex: don't te
Jun 01, 2011 ABookGeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-book
I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. I finally just bought it for my kindle and read it very quickly. For such a fast read, the post apocalyptic world is built and revealed very slowly. The reader learns about the small patch of London where Zane and his mother Miri live in a mutually beneficial relationship with two of the local gangs. Zane has managed to reach early teens living within this sanctuary of a garden where he and his mother raise the fruits and vegetables that feed ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Precious rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, dystopia
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

In 20 Years Later, a different London existed. It was divided and ruled by gangs. Bloomsbury Boys was headed by Jay. Young and brave, he stood as the leader and the older-brother-figure of the boys he led. They were in constant battle against the Gardners, suit and tie-wearing men who were grown-ups and twice the size of the boys they fought with. The Red Lady’s Gang was probably the strongest of the three gangs with strong hunters for its members. These th
Aug 03, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book started off a little slow -- but in such a way to create the detailed setting that was so important to the plot. I really enjoyed the world Emma Newman created, and each of the gangs were incredibly detailed and realistic. The main three, Zane, Titus, and Erin were well-developed and easily identifiable characters.
Although some areas of the writing style wasn't pleasing, the story kept me interested throughout the entirety of this novel. It was fairly fast paced -- no need to worry ab
May 28, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
I won an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Goodreads. Thank you, Dystopia Press!

One of the most important things about dystopian novels is the worldbuilding, and it is impressive in this book. Not just the description of the world itself, but what has happened to society in the 20 years after It happened. The first half of the book meanders at a good pace through this world from the point of view of three very different children, and it's not until about halfway through the novel it grabbed
Stephanie Chavarie
A few things bothered me about this it a stand alone? Is it part of a series? I have no clue. It feels like part of a series since we just get dropped into the story, get very little background or world building, and many posed questions are left unanswered. Then comes the dilemma of whether or not the book was even interesting enough to pursue through a series...I'm not sure.

The other thing that really bugged me is that the author constantly refers to the main characters as "children
Nov 20, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I will admit it wasn't one of my favorite books. One thing that I found myself doing was waiting for something to happen. That feeling never went away while reading this book. Even with that i found this book to be very enjoyable. At the beginning of the book I really didn't care for it. But after giving it some time I found myself to really enjoy this book. Some of characters were very interesting and helped me enjoy this book even more.
Dec 20, 2015 John rated it it was ok
After I picked up this book, the plot sounded amazing. The explanation, the timeline, the post-apocalyptic theme. This will be a short review, so I'll just get right to it. I didn't understand the book at all. I tried to read it, I kept going on, but there was no way to comprehend the characters, what they were doing, or where the heck some random character popped in. I didn't finish the book and I probably won't, but it was okay.
Well I did enjoy it. The characters were good and it was a strong young adult story without getting to much, and yet I wanted more. Knowing it is the first in a series makes this a better book, had it been a stand alone, I wouldn't have enjoyed it there was to much build and not enough story. The energy around is good, and the premise is believable, I just had more questions that I wanted answered. Knowing they will probably be answered in the books to come made it better, but I felt there were ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Lorre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20 years ago most people died of a disease with unknown origins and there's only a small amount of people left.

The story is based in London, or what is left of it anyway.
People survive in gangs and fight to the death to protect their territories against rival gangs.
Zane, the main charachter of the book, is not in one of those gangs but lives a very protected life in his moms garden. Although he does often come in contact with one of the gangs, the Bloomsbury Boys, he is very naïve and obvlious t
Emily Leathers
I give this a 'low 3'. (My 3 category - 'things I won't discourage you from reading, but that I wouldn't directly recommend either' might be too large...)

- Potentially interesting setting.
- Writing is straightforward, and while that's not my favourite style, at least it's not annoying to read.

- No idea who the narrator is or how they (she? based on style) know this information.
- Calling a terrible, undescribed event 'It' (yes, with the capital) is corny. Come up with a name, or don't
Books Ahoy
Jul 28, 2011 Books Ahoy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! There was pretty perfect balance of everyting. There was a nice balance of romance and action. The storyline was really great! I really liked the relationship between Zave and Erin although I really would have like it to blossom. For me, I was really surprised that there were more people living with them, I really thought it was a monster! I would've like Eve to be introduced early like Zane, Titus, and Erin. The relationship between Titus and his sister was really grea ...more
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Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels.

'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards.

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