After the End
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...more
Beneath me lies a city. It is not in ruins. It isn’t decimated by war and poisoned by radiation. It is a thriving city with massive glass buildings glistening in the late-afternoon sun. This is not a postapocalyptic wasteland. Where am I? What is going on?Whoa. WHOA.
I really liked this book---but do take my words with a grain of salt, this is a woman who actually LIKED The Village after all, but the premise of falsehood was revealed to us at the very beginning of the book. This book was so s ...more
I don't know what I expected from After the End (though probably not much after reading the reviews of Die for Me) but I definitely didn't expect a book that had me glued to the pages, awake most of the night reading, and laughing out loud on almost every page in the middle section. I had braced myself for "yet another dystopia" and got something more like an entertaining, fast-paced urban fantasy.
Survival. That’s all that’s important. My own survival, and that of...more
I admit to being compelled at first, however. It begins on a high note when we learn all about Juneau’s way of life as ...more
► Book 2 : Until The Beginning ★★
When we've been waiting for months to read a book, we can't help but be afraid to feel disappointed in the end. Let's get this straight : You can stop holding your breath, because it wasn't the case here. Indeed while After the end is by no means a flawless book, it delivered almost exactly what I expected : adventure, strong and funny characters, coherent world-building, pretty good writing, and no insta-love. However it lacked something to become a favorite ...more
So this book was unlike any book I've ever read.
Now I don't want to bore people with my thoughts, but that's the whole purpose of reviewing. This book was surprisingly spiritual and philosophical, I know it's a science fiction and a lot of the stuff that happened is "impossible".
I think most people believe or would like to believe that they are part of a higher or divine power, that there is something or someone out there looking out for us. That we aren't just beings alone randomly placed on th ...more
The MC, Juneau, was born and raised in the Alaskan wilderness...no electricity, no cars, no stores, no phones. All her life she has been told by her clan's elders that the rest of the world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, ravaged by nuclear radiation from World War 3. It's been 30 years since the war. Her parents and fifteen others escaped in the very last hours, afte ...more
This book centres on Juneau, the oldest child of a clan living in Alaska following an apocalyptic World War III where a small number of "sensible" adults escaped to set up a colony living off the land ...more
So traitor, you want to play? The game is on.
So, this wasn't what I expected. I don't know what I expected, really. But whatever I would have expected would not have been this.
That sounds kind of bad, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised. The concept of a seemingly post-apocalyptic world with a supernatural twist caught my attention but, like most books I've read lately, I was worried that it would just be "okay".
This was not the case.
We have a strong female lead, Juneau, who with Miles m ...more
Guys, I was really surprised by this one. It is not what you're going to expect at all. I expected it to be sort of like a contemp, a fish out of water story with Juneau integrating into society. Instead, I got a pretty awesome conspiracy thriller with some supernatural/sci-fi elements thrown in. I really liked it.
Here's the story: Juneau is a seventeen-year-old who is happily living with her clan in the wilds of Alaska aft ...more
Everything about the world Juneau believes in is basically a lie. Still, her powers are very much real as is her desire to find and rescue her kidnapped clan.
Strong, smart, determined heroine. Juneau didn't have a whiny bone in her body, nor did this story suffer from lack of communication, which is a common complaint of mine with YA reads. She was upfront and honest with Miles.
Miles was self-absorbed and spoiled when the story began, but I was happy to witness positive character ...more
It was all there: intriguing story that kept me wanting to find out more, great chemistry between the two main characters, and the characters themselves never made me wanna facepalm. Granted, I was pretty bugged by Miles for the first half of the book, since ...more
Actual Rating 3.5
I am genuinely surprised by how much I liked this one. I went into After the End expecting to be disappointed, but Khanh’s review offered a glimpse of hope, that perhaps this book wouldn’t be another disappointment. I had even more reason to be skeptical about this one because I haven’t had much luck with dystopias lately and I kind of expected it to be another generic one. Except it wasn’t. It put a very original spin on ...more
17-years old gifted girl hiding from aftermaths of nuclear war and determined to do anything to protect her clan, suddenly finds out that her whole life was a fabricated lie. A spoiled boy who is used to always geetting his way and now he wants to prove himself to his dad. Can these two fundamentally different people help each other to reach their goals?
I liked that main protagonists were from completely different backgrounds. Once they were together (not in romantic kind of ...more
I’ve had little time to read and even less patience for it lately, being preoccupied with finishing my thesis in time. Therefore, finding ...more
I am left frustrated and confused by this book. I liked the idea of a community in Alaska after World War III; the only thing is, Juneau finds out this never happened. I thought it would give some interesting situations, with Juneau trying to blend into the modern world and her mission to save her clan. Instead, I was bored and it seemed to take me a lot of time to finish it. The slow pacing doesn’t work here. I am familiar with her other series so I know ...more
I may not remember everything about this book but I can't forget how I really loved this one-- from the interesting plot, well-pa ...more
“Life is easier in black and white. It's the ambiguity of a world defined in grays that has stripped me of my confidence and left me powerless.”
Pretty promising book. I loved the first half, the second... not so much. It's like, after the intriguing build-up, it all fizzled out in the next half. I wanted more action, more suspense and some shocking revelations. Nothing like that happened. It got a bit flat and dull and I lost interest in reading it more than a few times.
The two ...more
Tricked, betrayed and abandoned Juno a young teenage girl goes looking for her family. She was raised to believe that the end of the world has basically happened and her family was all that was left. While off on a hunting trip her whole life was shaken into another realm. Everything she was taught, everything she believed may have been a lie. She must go out into this foreign world and find the answers, but will the truth be too painful ? She has never known the world she is now ...more
I am on fire. A golden statue alight, flames licking around me, melting the snow into puddles at my feet, heating Juneau's face and reddening her nose and cheeks. She leans in closer until her lips are touching mine. And as she kisses me I disperse into a million tiny flames, sparks flying up into the cold winter air and diffusing once they hit the starry night sky.
Life, as I've been telling all my lovely GR friends lately, apparently is not a wish granting factory. I've been see ...more
Initial Thoughts: This was really good, about 4.5 stars with .5 stars deducted for ending too soon, lol. The story is told in alternating first person points of view of the main characters Juneau and Miles. Juneau lives in a small enclave near Denali, Alaska. Miles lives a privileged life in LA. At first, I wondered what the two could possibly ...more
As I was warned, After The End isn’t a dystopian but instead, a contemporary/dystopian blend. It features an interesting outlook from a girl who thinks that World War III has happened and that her clan are the only survivors, but finds out she was lied to all along.
Juneau has lived in the Alaskan wilderness all of her life, and when her clan goes missing, she stumbles upon civilization in her search. I could not imagine how ...more
After the End is a book that everyone should go into without reading the blurb because it will take you by surprise and consequently, your reading experience will be much more entertaining. That's what I did and having not loved Amy Plum's Revenent series, I was very much surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this title.
The book is told in the dual POV of Juneau and Miles. While I did have issues with Miles' POV because of his personality, the dual POV in this book was essential to see the t ...more
OHH MY GOSH! This book was just amazing!!! But that cliffhanger doe...
Oh MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH GUYS!!!!!!!
THERE IS GONNA BE ANOTHER AMY PLUM BOOK!
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!!
BUT, WOAH... 2014...........NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I NEED IT NOW!
Juneau’s clan is ...more
I really, really enjoyed After the End. It isn't a dystopian novel--though the protagonist believes she's living in a post-apocalyptic world--and that premises is so wholly unique that it was enough to drag me through the alternating chapters in the beginning (which didn't do much for the plot) and into the rest of the enticing novel. Plum's latest series is written impeccably, putting into the confused mindset of our protagonist and introducing us to the culture shock of the mo ...more
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