I loved this book, it was filled with action, magic, betrayal and romance.
After The End is hard to put into any one genre, I know from the cover and t...moreI loved this book, it was filled with action, magic, betrayal and romance.
After The End is hard to put into any one genre, I know from the cover and the title that most people think that it's a dystopian (and I did too before reading it myself) but that can't be further from the truth. It certainly has it's paranormal aspects but it's also a contemporary as well.
Following Juneau (I have no idea how to pronounce this name so in my head it's Juno) who lives with her Father and a clan of people in Alaska close to Mount Denali, safe from the rest of the world after World War 3 and it's destruction, they live a quiet life led by their clan leader Whit, the children are taught from an early age about connecting to the Yara (a magic dependent on nature and connection to the Earth) to be able to conjure and read things, Juneau is training to one day be the Sage (clan leader) and so is depended on for all sorts of tasks, which is how she finds herself off hunting one day and on her return discovers that the whole clan has been kidnapped, so she sets off to find and rescue them.
Stepping over the boundary of their land which they've been forbidden to do in case of nuclear fallout from the war, Juneau soon discovers that what she and all the rest of the clan were told and were led to believe was one big lie, there was never any war and the rest of the world has been going along as per normal all that time, ever since Whit moved them all to their home in Alaska in 1984, realising that her whole life has been a lie, she commandeers Miles a boy whose name she got from an Oracle to transport her to where she needs to go, not knowing that he is the son of the head of a large pharmaceutical company and he's planning on delivering her to his Dad who is one of a group of two people who are after her for the knowledge she has about some drug that her clan used and they will stop at nothing to get it.
After a while Miles starts to have second thoughts about taking her to his Dad, although at first he believes she's crazy he soon starts to believe her story, and it's not long before they develop feelings for one another.
But with two different groups after her, and the betrayal of a clan member will she ever be able to get to the rest of her clan to rescue them, or will Juneau find herself captured before then, unable to save anyone?
The concept that Amy has created is so well done, it will keep you on your toes and after the ending you'll find yourself desperate to get your hands on a copy of the second book.
A fantastic story with well written characters and even better world building, a great start to this new series. (less)
I've heard nothing but great things about this book, the hype has been very well deserved, this book was amazing, and I can almost certainly say a sho...moreI've heard nothing but great things about this book, the hype has been very well deserved, this book was amazing, and I can almost certainly say a shoe-in for book of the year!
I've read so many witch books over the years, but there's something about Sally's writing that makes this one stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Told from the perspective of our male lead Nathan (not very common to have a male lead in YA, but very welcome all the same), we follow him as he grows up edging ever closer to his seventeenth birthday, where he will receive his powers and become a fully fledged witch, and to eventually, hopefully seek out and find his Father.
You see Nathan is no ordinary witch, he is also the son of a white witch Mother (good witch) and a black witch Father (bad witch), but not only is he an outcast and shunned for being a half caste, from mostly everybody for being the only half blood, but he also has the distinction of being the son of the evilest witch around in his Dad.
Showing no signs of succumbing to his evil side, doesn't stop anybody from treating him as if he had even his older sister.
With no friends to speak of, except for his older brother, he's lonely, never expecting any bit of kindness from anyone, so it's a shock when after starting high school a girl named Annaliese starts paying him attention, but unfortunately for Nathan he will end up bearing the brunt of her brothers anger once they discover their friendship.
The Council (who oversee all witches) decide that Nathan's Grandmother is no longer responsible enough to be his guardian after she defy's the Councils orders by not informing them of Nathan's constant trips to Wales to get away from it all, this all leads to him being caged being let out only to exercise and do chores.
Nathan must find a way to escape, to find his father by his seventeenth birthday to receive his gifts to officially become a witch otherwise he will die.
I really enjoyed the world-building that happened in this book, I look forward to continuing on with this series and to see what happens next with Nathan, and to see what power he has received now that he's a fully fledged witch.
One of my favourites of the year, highly recommended. (less)