Title: After The End
Author: Amy Plum
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper TEEN
Rating: 5 Stars
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
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 told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
“Exciting and tense! Prepare for the unexpected! You’ll stay up all night with this one!” — Sophie Jordan, NYT Bestselling author of the Firelight series -Goodreads
Amy Plum's After The End breaks new ground in the realm of YA Dystopia.
The story of Juneau, her way of life, and the destruction and reformation of her world view.
Juneau has lived her life believing that she and her clan are the survivors of a catastrophic WWIII.
When she returns from a hunting expedition to find that her entire clan is missing; she is charged with the task of finding them.
Her journey into the unknown leads her from the Alaskan tundra and into cities and people that she had believed to be long dead.
The relative ease and speed with which she locates Miles, the son of the pharmaceutical tycoon out to discover her tribe's secrets, and her unlikely partner in their adventures, might be a little off-putting but hold on to your hats.
This one negative is more than made up for by the wonderful plot twists and turns that result from Miles and Juneau's pairing.
Miles is quite the skeptic for the majority of the read, but there are several metaphysical incidents (for lack of a better description) that help to convince him of her truth.
Readers will be quite impressed with the fact that Amy goes to great lengths to not fall into the "romance on the run" trap. She has chosen instead, to focus on plot, story, and character development.
There is a metaphysical/paranormal aspect to this read that only adds to the plot and suspense building elements that pervade this read. Juneau and her story are still able to maintain the driver's seat as leads in the story.
This is an awesome book, and the start to what is sure to be a great series.