Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: After the End

After the End (After the End, #1)Author: Amy Plum
Series: After the End, #1
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 352 pgs
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

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.

Although I’m a big fan of Amy Plum’s Revenants series, I started After the End with no small amount of trepidation. Writers are sometimes more than just defined by their first story, they get stuck writing endless variations of it, unable to find their voice elsewhere. For whatever reason, I feared that Plum might be one of those authors. Boy, was I ever wrong.

I’ve had little time to read and even less patience for it lately, being preoccupied with finishing my thesis in time. Therefore, finding something to read that would make me drop everything else and focus on it entirely proved to be incredibly hard. And yet, I started After the End at 9 pm, and finished it that very same night.

The idea of someone’s life being built entirely on lies fascinated me to no end. Juneau was raised believing that World War III ended the world as we know it in 1984, leaving just a few survivors scattered around the planet. Her small clan supposedly found salvation in Alaskan wilderness, far away from civilization and technology. Through their close connection with nature, they developed certain powers that others would love to exploit. And Juneau, being the most powerful among them, is the most important father.

As the son of a pharmaceutical mogul, Miles is your typical attention-seeking spoiled rich kid. In trying to get back in his father’s good graces, he sets out to find the one person his father wants above all else – a young girl with very strange eyes.

These two are so interesting together. It’s clear from the start that they couldn’t be more different. Miles was raised with access to all the commodities of the 21st century, and Juneau with a clear understanding of the world beneath. The animosity they felt towards each other and the level of mistrust were expected. No starry eyes for those two! I felt that the progression of their relationship was handled beautifully, with deliberate slowness and tact. When you add to that their hilarious banter, it’s clear why they quickly became one of my favorite couples.

This world and these characters have a lot more to give, and while I don’t appreciate or even understand cliffhangers, I was left with just enough hope to tide me over until the next book. That said, hurry up, Ms. Plum! I realize living in Paris can be distracting, but would you please write faster?!

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I agreed with your review 100% Maja! I loved how their relationship started and progressed and how both of them do change after interacting with each other but do so in line with who they are!
    Gah, cliffhangers!! *shakes fist*

  2. I can't even imagine thinking my whole life that the world pretty much ended and I was one of the lone survivors only to find out, nope, you're not. We just didn't want to do it anymore and thought this would be a better way. How did she adjust to the modern world? It'd be like a time traveler from the past, with no innate knowledge of how to use things.

  3. I'm so skeptical and worried about dystopian trilogies these days that I've completely steered clear of this one. I know I wouldn't appreciate the cliffhanger on this, but everything else -- particularly the opposites romance -- completely appeals to me. I definitely want to get my hands on this once the entire series has released, so hopefully the books only get better from here on out! :)

  4. I'm so happy to hear you loved this one as much as I did, Maja. I was worried too going into the book that I wouldn't enjoy it as I wasn't a fan of the Revenant series either, but the book definitely took me by surprise.
    I think what made this such a strong book for me were the characters. I loved how different Juneau and Miles were and like you said, their relationship was beautifully developed.
    I'm with you! Amy Plum has to release the next book faster!
    Lovely review, Maja!

  5. Glad you were able to really get into this one and love it Maja!

  6. I haven't heard too much about this one, Maja, but I loved the Revenants series overall and so was planning on reading this one at some point. I'm really happy to know that you loved it and that the romance is slow and believable. Not that I was expecting Plum to botch the romance anyway :)

  7. I hope you get that darn thesis done soon, I miss you! I still haven't read my review copy of this one and I need o just do it. I am glad that you approved despite the cliffie. I must read this.

  8. I do hear her books are awesome ;)

  9. I liked this quite a bit. I liked the paranormal aspect and I loved the road trip and the twists. I'm anxious for the next book!

  10. I have been sort of on the fence about this your review was fantastic. I finally added it to my TBR list. Good luck with your thesis. That is intense work!

  11. oh gosh finally a review on this book that's not negative. I know a lot of people got put off by this one because they thought it was something it wasn't. I still want to read it, thought I never read anything by her yet.

  12. I'm really glad that you liked this book! I actually kind of hated it, but I gave it three stars - the low end. I liked Amy Plum's other series, but this one did not work for me. I hated Juneau, like, a lot, and that usually makes the book go downhill from there :\ I hope you'll enjoy the next books in the series! Fabulous review, Maja :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  13. I think I might give this a go once the sequels are released. I loved the movie The Village (M. Night Shyamalan) and it reminds me of this story. Living in Paris would be distracting. I'm so jealous of Ms. Plum! Wonderful review, Maja. :)

  14. I had quite a curiously different reaction to Plum's Revenant series, and is the primary reason why I wanted to read her latest. Sort of a redemption. I'm glad you enjoyed this; I'll be sure to pick up a copy asap!


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