Friday, May 2, 2014

After the End (After the End, #1) by Amy Plum ARC Book Review

After The End (After The End, #1) by Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publish Date: May 6th, 2014
eBook, 356 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss


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.


Juneau is a teenaged girl who has believed for her entire life that World War III has ravaged the world and only herself and her "clan" have survived. <---This is the most interesting part of the story.

Juneau while fierce and strong is completely misguided by the lie that her entire clan has built around her. After returning from a hunting trip she discovers the entire town has vanished and so she sets off on a heroic adventure to find them. It is through her journey that she discovers the fallacies that have surrounded her for her entire life. She discovers that all she has ever known is a lie, and it completely changes her life.

While the initial idea of this novel is both unique and intriguing it just fell flat, really flat. After the initial excitement of the potential adventure wore off I found myself bored, like really bored. The story went nowhere. It dragged on and on for far too long and it never got interesting. 

Juneau's journey to find her "clan" just went on for pages with no resolution. I felt myself waiting for this great "moment" that never happened. I'm pretty sure they (author, and publishers) left all that for the second book.

 I'm also questioning whether or not this book should even be shelved as dystopia. Dystopian novels tend to hold a sense of foreboding, and excitement that this book severely lacked. I don't know what went wrong but it just did.
I'm pretty disappointed too, because I really enjoyed Plum's previous series/saga 'The Revenants.' BUT, this one holds no place amongst those novels.
The relationships are pretty one dimensional and uninteresting. The romance was ill timed and blah. It was just...boring. It took me far too long to get through the book and it really wasn't worth it.


  1. Plum's previous Revenants was not one of my favorites, but I shelved this into my Spring TBR because it sounded so GOOD and unique. But I've been hearing bad reviews for it all around the blogosphere, so I'm really not sure I'll be picking this up.

    1. Well I don't want to dissuade you really was boring. Maybe you'll think differently. Maybe you can just borrow it.