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In the After (In the After #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,918 Ratings  ·  1,230 Reviews
They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by HarperTeen
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Emily May
May 20, 2013 Emily May rated it it was ok

Two stars, eh? Looks like it must be a negative review, right? In this case, though, this isn't that much of a negative review. Rather, these are the reasons why I didn't love this book and the reasons why I think a whole bunch of other people probably will. So...

There's this book you might have heard about lately. It's called The 5th Wave. I know, I know, they've been so quiet about it, really toned down the promotion to about a thousand rotating banner ads on goodreads. So, maybe you haven't
Jul 09, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
A stronger first half than the second, but overall this is a highly entertaining post apocalyptic book! I mean: zombie aliens!

The world in In the After has just been attacked by an alien species who are terrifyingly similar to zombies. These creatures eat humans, they're dumb, and they're relentless (they keep trying to get at you no matter how painful it may be to them). It is a tad reminiscent of The 5th Wave, although that book philosophizes more on what it means to be human and the consequen
Wendy Darling
I liked the first half of this book so much--it was pretty much a survivalist I Am Legend type story, with zombie-like aliens as the creatures in a post-apocalyptic setting. I also liked the choice to make the creatures day-dwellers, instead of the usual nocturnal animals.

Once Amy and Baby are taken to the compound, however, the array of unmemorable secondary characters, somewhat limp romance, and over-prolonged mystery (there's a twist that's fairly easy to guess) weren't nearly as engaging as
Khanh (the Grinch)
Jul 04, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure if I liked this book or not, so I'm going to give it a default "average" rating. It was an enjoyable read, the sci-fi and dystopian part were considerably more well-executed than so many other YA books out there, but I just didn't like it very much overall. Even if the world is well-fleshed out, and the idea of Them is certainly a different spin, there were still holes and contradictions concerning the characters, their behavior, and the lack of dimensionality.

The concept: The
Faye, la Patata

As a person who loves zombies and post-apocalyptic fiction so much, it's not rocket science to think I was expecting a lot from this book. I tend to do that a lot to books with awesome blurbs and covers, because as they say, first impression lasts, right? Unfortunately, this book was a case of, "It was good" and "it was meh" at the same time and right now my feelings are a bit messy and mixed up. But I'll try my best as usual to explain what I liked and what I absolutely detested, so buckle up!
Neil (or bleed)
In the After is divided into 3 parts. If I could rank them out, The Part I was the best; Part II was the good; and Part III was the better. But as a whole, I loved this book since it was a page-turner, compelling and it made me think and gave me the creeps. Even the world is fleshed-out and the characters aren't annoying. And there's no insta-love.

Part I was pure survival. I liked it best because well, survivals give me heart attacks (not the fatal one) and take me to the edge of my seat. Which
What is it that generally seals the deal for you when you're reading a post-apocalyptic or dystopian read? Do you strive to find that eerie feeling of inevitability that comes with the concept that the post-apocalyptic world you're experiencing through pages is one that you could possibly experience in real life? Or do you not care about the authenticity of the world and whether or not it is reasonable for our world today to reach the havoc to the point of the world in the novel? Where all you'r ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
**3.5 Baby Stars**

I should have paid more attention to the other reviews because I agree that the first half of the book was great but it slowed down considerably from 49-75% but then picked back up again.

I think I'm going to stop at this book especially since I already read the spoilers for the next one! A love triangle? Nah...I think I'll pass.
Steph Sinclair

Whoever wrote that blurb deserves a gold star. This sounds awesome!
Christy LoveOfBooks
Jul 16, 2013 Christy LoveOfBooks rated it it was amazing
In the After rocked! I just knew this was going to be a good book when I first saw it, but it turned out to be way better than good.

All I knew about the book when I read it was the blurb (there’s more to it now than when I first read it), so the experience was all my own. I can’t even tell you how glad I am for that, because there were a few things that completely surprised me in a very good way. That’s why a big part of me wants to tell you not to read any reviews and just experience it for
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 25, 2013 Jessica Figueroa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
If I had to choose one word for this book it would be Intense.

When I first gotten read the summery I was under the impression that this was a zombie book. Little did I know that it was about aliens. I have never read a book with aliens because it isn't a topic that I usually like to come across. So reading this kind of book is a first for me. My first thoughts when reading this book was a little conflicting because I'm not into alien books or anything alien really. I would've put the book down i
Jun 04, 2015 Galleane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce premier tome m'a beaucoup plu. La première partie qui sert de mise en place dévoile un monde post-apocalyptique dur et dangereux, peuplé de créatures amatrices de chair fraîche. Les deux parties qui suivent amènent un autre genre de stress tout en gardant en fond de toile ce qu'on découvre dans la première partie. Au final chacune apporte quelque chose de différent et ajoute sa pièce à l'édifice. La lecture est aisée et addictive, l'envie d'avoir des réponses, de comprendre certains éléments ...more
May 23, 2015 Elena rated it liked it
''I only go out at night.''

I bought this one on a whim and didn't have high expectations at all, so in the end I was pleasently surprised!
I do have to say that I abosutely loved the beginning, but towards the end my enthusiasm faded. Unfortunately. However, I'm still excited to see how everything concludes in its sequel.

In this world the human race is almost extinguished, because of extraterrestrial creatures. I loved the take on aliens in this book.
They are not ''more intelligent'' than hum
Jul 19, 2013 Sat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it! Based on reviews, you either love it or you don't and I happen to love it. I will not go into any more details about what happened in the book as there have already been quite a number of reviews out there that will clue you in. I will however base this short review on other reviews, a comparison of sorts of what I think to what other people say about this book. So, here goes.

1. The first half is better than the second.
I didn't think so. For me, the last half is just as engrossing as th
K.A. Barson
Nov 26, 2012 K.A. Barson rated it it was amazing
I read the ARC (advanced reader copy).

I got this book at a time when I was very busy. There are nearly 500 pages, and I thought that I didn't have time to get through it timely. Then I read the first page. Slurp! I was sucked in. It's a page-turner on steroids. It's the kind of book that makes you mad when you have to put it down to eat or sleep or talk to people.

Amy, the heroine, is kickass. Sure, there are a lot of them out there, but at some point, many of them become whiney. Amy doesn't.

Emma Pass
Dec 26, 2012 Emma Pass rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get hold of an ARC of IN THE AFTER, and read it in one sitting. This. Book. Is. Incredible. It's so well written and plotted – there isn't one bit of the story where I felt as if I knew what was coming, and the worldbuilding is incredibly well-done. Amy and Baby are amazing characters. I was really sorry to finish it! If you're a fan of THE PASSAGE or THE STAND, you will love IN THE AFTER.
Liz Fichera
Dec 24, 2012 Liz Fichera rated it it was amazing
How I spent my Christmas Eve: Devouring IN THE AFTER. Once I started this book, it was impossible to put down. Clever world-building, likeable characters, so many twists and turns. Wow. Simply, wow.
Sophie Jordan
Dec 18, 2012 Sophie Jordan rated it it was amazing
CONSUMING!!! LOVED it! Highly, highly rec!!
I'd been eyeing In the After ever since I saw it in the HarperTeen catalogue. Even the blurb had an air of mystery about it - who are They? And considering They are the catalyst for an apocalypse, I was all over it like a cheap suit (I've always wanted to say that).

In the After jumps straight into the action as Amy finds herself in a world that has been brutally invaded by creatures that no one seems to have any knowledge about. She does get lucky in that her house is heavily protected due to he
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

Part One: Cool
Part Two: Awful
Part Three: Good

This is my problem with the rating system. I can't, in good conscience, give this book more than three stars but then, I think of all the books worse than this one that I've given better ratings to.

Yeah, but that's the thing: I read them before this one. Anyways, this 3-star review is actually a positive one.

If you have been around the YA post apocalyptic corner, you gotta know there's a certain formula they follow:

World ends, Girl* survives. [Som
Jun 26, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it
Recommended to Mitch by: Phoebe
I have mixed thoughts about In the After, particularly with how the entire book's exclusively constructed around one shocking (well not really, the clues are out there and I saw it coming) twist, but my overall impression is mostly favorable. Most of what I have to say is centered on the alien invasion aspect, but it's a huge spoiler, so after thinking about it I guess without going into it what I can say is that Demitria Lunetta's debut is almost like two books in one - a first alien invasion a ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Aliens are very big in YA still but while books like Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The 5th Wave won me over, I wouldn’t have picked up this book if the emphasis wasn’t on post-apocalyptic. HOWEVER, I enjoyed it because without spoiling anything, they’re not exactly aliens…

I thought the idea behind this plot wasn’t completely original and I’ve seen it before but then all apocalypse books stem from the same idea. This didn’t mean that it wasn’t interesting and while I guessed from the sta
Courtney Nicole
May 22, 2015 Courtney Nicole rated it did not like it

•Read half way through and decided to stop. Won't pick it back up, don't care to keep reading and am glad to leave it.
•It was really annoying and none of it worked for me.
•My updates while reading the book show all of my frustrations, and boy were there a lot.
•A giant one that really ground my gears was the use of "fan" as an abbreviation for fantastic. ... No.
Jul 21, 2014 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, lucky13
This book was AMAZING. I can't get over how good it was! The voice was incredible. The story sucked me in. The characters were real and likeable and smart. The action and conflict pulled me along every step of the way, and it left me dying for the next book.
Lindsay Cummings
Feb 07, 2013 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing
finished in 2 days. loved it! super cool plot, fans of THE WALKING DEAD or ALIEN will eat this book up.
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
The first part was the survival training and keeping herself alive. I thought it was wonderful having a home that was environmentally powered which is why they had all the luxuries of electricity and water. This all changes as you read more into the story.

The second part has Amy and Baby in a community filled with people living together. At first glance it's too good to be true. But once Amy starts asking questions, she alerts the powers that be and gets into trouble. That's when the questions r
Shanah Davis
Nov 23, 2013 Shanah Davis rated it really liked it
Overall a great read. I recommend the audio version!

Chapter 6

So far, I'm really liking this book. I don't normally do alien books, so I'm surprised when I find one readable.

The author does a great job of pulling me into this story by, oddly enough, describing how awful the main character, Amy, was to her parents, in the "before". Little differences among similar stories make ALL the difference for me.

My head literally perked up when Amy told us how she called her dad an "environmenta
Jun 27, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four stars: A riveting and terrifying action packed adventure.

The canned food in Amy's bag clinks together, causing her to freeze in her tracks. Amy fears she may have attracted Them. She holds her breath, waiting, listening for the creatures. It has been three years since the world was attacked by the Alien creatures. They are incredibly fast, are attracted to movement and they eat humans. Somehow Amy has managed to survive, alone except for the toddler she rescued called Baby. The two of them
Mar 02, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it it was amazing
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Chelsea Pitcher
Aug 28, 2013 Chelsea Pitcher rated it it was amazing
Initial thoughts: HOLY WOW. This book was amazing!!! Awesome characters, truly scary villains, and wicked twists!

Full review: I so deeply enjoyed Demitria Lunetta's IN THE AFTER. From the very first page, I was hooked. Lunetta does a wonderful job of keeping the story moving forward, while flawlessly weaving in backstory from "Before"--before the creatures invaded, before Amy lived without parents, without family, alone, in a world where noise equals death. In the book's 400 pages, I never one
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Demitria Lunetta writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. A Chicago native, she holds a BA in Human Ecology and has spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, she always carries a good book and a chocolate bar--the two items essential for post-apocalyptic survival.

IN THE AFTER is her debut novel
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“This is how I think of time: the past is Before, and the present is the After. Before was reality; the After, a nightmare.” 24 likes
“All of Them are monsters, but not all monsters are Them.” 21 likes
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