Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: After the End

Title: After the End (After the End #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult // Adventures // Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: (Purchased)

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 (goodreads)

Years of lies and an a mysterious abduction takes Juneau halfway across the US in an attempt to find out what happened to her clan. And we're ALL in for a surprise. 

Plot: After the End opens by transporting the reader to a different world. World War III has destroyed most of the US, only Juneau and her clan are able to continue to survive because they are closest to the Earth's life force. From there, the book quickly goes through an abduction of her clan, and her quest to find out what happened to them. Even though the pacing was slow, I felt like a LOT of things were happening. I would have liked to have learned more about Juneau's upbringing and also more time on her trying to make sense of modern cities. Nonetheless, the overall mystery was intriguing enough to keep me listening to the end. Unfortunately, the ending left me with more questions than I had answers. 

Characters: The novel is told through the view point of the two main characters, Miles and Juneau. I preferred Juneau's POV mostly because I enjoyed her as a character. I liked that she was strong but also vulnerable. Plus, she could gut a rabbit without blinking an eye - I want her on my team in a post-apocalyptic world! Miles, on the other hand, I wasn't sold on. In the beginning chapters, Miles is presented as a punk kid who brings weed to school and cheats on tests. Maybe it was due to the narrator, but I didn't get the "punk kid" vibe from him, he actually sounded really mature for an 18 year old. Clearly there HAS to be some sort of romance between our two teenagers, but it was really light, and when "the kiss" finally happened, it sort of seemed out of nowhere. The novel focused so much on the mystery of Juneau's people, that it was difficult to squeeze a proper romance in as well. There are some secondary characters that are in and out of After the End who I found to be interesting and I hope that they make more appearances in the upcoming novels.

Audio Book Performance: One of my favorite aspects of audio books is that they usually have two narrators which makes the experience more enjoyable. Both narrators did a really nice job, Emily Rankin conveyed all of the stress and emotions that Juneau well, and Graham Hamilton was very pleasant to listen to. 

Short N Sweet: After the End was an exciting adventure that would have made me a more invested reader if the characters were developed just as much as the mystery was. 



  1. There seems to be a lot going on in this book, maybe too much so even. The unanswered questions not overly surprising, although annoying nonetheless, and I'm not sure that I'll like Miles any more than you did.

  2. I remember hating the first book of Amy's last series, but this concept does sound really interesting! The cover is so nice too. I've added it to my wishlist in the hope that I'll enjoy this one.

    New follower via Bloglovin', hi!
    Under The Mountain

  3. Ooh...audiobooks! I steer clear of them, to be honest. But that's only because I had this one reaaaallly bad experience which involved a guy POV and an old lady as the narrator. It just didn't work out xD

    I've always been really curious about this book but I'm trying to stay away from dystopias. This one however looks authentically "desperate", really exploring the whole after the end idea (excuse the pun). The cover reminds me of The Road by Cormac McCarthy and that was as authentically dystopic as it gets! Fantastic review, Amber Elise! ^_^

    Jess @ My Reading Dress

  4. I think I would very much enjoy Juneau's POV too and her as a character.

    ''Plus, she could gut a rabbit without blinking an eye - I want her on my team in a post-apocalyptic world!''

    Hahhaha, me too! So we'll be on the same team then, girl :)

    Lovely review!


Thanks so much for leaving a message! Don't forget to link me to your blog so I can return the favor!