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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...more
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by HarperTeen
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    Emily May

    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...more
    Giselle
    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...more
    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...more
    Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
    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...more
    Phoebe
    If you read one alien invasion story this summer, this should be it.

    YA sci-fi--my favorite genre!--has become a bit of a hard sell for me lately. Over the past three years I've just absorbed so much of it that even highly buzzed books often strike me as underwhelming. I'm so familiar with all of the tropes, all the common missteps, that it takes a real winner to steal my heart.

    In the After by Demitria Lunetta is that winner.

    It's not just that this is a well-rendered alien invasion story. It is,...more
    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!...more
    Blythe
    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
    Steph Sinclair

    Whoever wrote that blurb deserves a gold star. This sounds awesome!
    Christy
    4.5
    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...more
    Jessica Figueroa
    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...more
    Sat
    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...more
    Emma Pass
    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.
    Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
    3.5

    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...more
    Mitch
    Jun 26, 2013 Mitch rated it 3 of 5 stars
    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
    K.A. Barson
    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.

    Ot...more
    Kat
    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...more
    Celeste_pewter
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Peggy
    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.
    Liz Fichera
    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.
    Lindsay Cummings
    finished in 2 days. loved it! super cool plot, fans of THE WALKING DEAD or ALIEN will eat this book up.
    Sophie Jordan
    CONSUMING!!! LOVED it! Highly, highly rec!!
    Shanah Davis
    Overall a great read. I recommend the audio version!

    (Non-review)
    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...more
    Juhina
    3.5/5 stars

    In The After started with a bang.. or more accurately towards the book, a silent implode. Because in this world, in order to survive, you have to stay silent, every second of the day. The book is set a couple of years after the apocalypse, with a bit of flashbacks in the beginning to set up the world building. We meet Amy, the sole survivor in her family that consists of her tree hugging father and scientist mother. The only reason she was able to survive was because her family basica...more
    Isa Lavinia



    Okay, this was mind-blowingly amazing. I know that there's a lot of hype when new dystopias come out, "the new hunger games blah blah" but if any is deserving of the title this is it. It's like it took elements from all the most horrible dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, 1984, The Road with a sprinkle of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This book packs a hell of a punch.

    First of all, there is Baby. There is always a younger sibling in YA dystopias, so I thought it would be more of the same....more
    Lady Danielle
    1.5 stars

    I'm absolutely disappointed with In the After. This was not what I expected at all. What started off fast-paced, and nail-bitingly awesome ended up being a complete bore.

    How did the story go from this





    a girl watching television on a normal day; suddenly the broadcast is interrupted with the President talking about an attack -- showing the people a small footage of an alien. The girl is home alone when this happens. Her mother was off working for the government and her father shopping. T...more
    Laura
    Aug 01, 2011 Laura marked it as to-read
    It had me at "post-apocalyptic."
    Kevin
    I guess I should get to reviewing this...since ya know it comes out next week. I swear, I deserve slacker awards concerning review writing.

    Anyways.... In The After completely took me by surprise. I mean I knew it was post post apocalyptic/dystopia but I DIDN'T know it was about aliens in any sense, and aliens are sooo big right now in YA.

    Well lets be clear, these "aliens" did not come in peace. They have basically ravaged the human population by the time the book takes place, and they are stil...more
    Heidi
    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...more
    Chelsea Pitcher
    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...more
    Erin
    I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, the plot twists in unexpected ways and was hard to put down. The imaginative descriptions and details from Lunetta really play like a movie in your head. I could see the buildings, characters and landscape. Great first novel from this author, can't wait to read the second!
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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...more
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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.” 20 likes
    “All of Them are monsters, but not all monsters are Them.” 12 likes
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