Tuesday, February 11, 2014

After The End by Amy Plum Review

Title: After The End
Author: Amy Plum
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: My first novel by Amy Plum, I loved it--a new voice in dystopian fiction--I want more!

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review/

Juneau doesn't have a bad life: She's a hunter, gatherer, and soon to the the leader--the Sage--of her small, secluded clan. But when she returns from hunting to find her clan gone, she finds her entire life is a lie: There was no World War Three, no radiation and disease that ravaged the human race. Struggling to make sense of this deception, as well as finding her family, she meets Miles, a normal kid, spoiled, rich, and selfish. The two enter into a reluctant pact and soon they find themselves on a dangerous path..

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of this novel was great--it flowed very smoothly--I couldn't put it down!
-The narratives of both Juneau and Miles, two people from equally different worlds, and it added depth and richness to the story
-Juneau herself, the strong, stubborn girl who loves her family more than anything but is struggling to find answers in a world too big for her
-Juneau's clan, especially Whit
-Miles, the spoiled, rich, sarcastic kid that provided a lot of comic relief throughout the story, and he provided a great counterbalance to serious, grave Juneau
-The character development was good for both characters--Juneau finding out the truth and Miles becoming her friend
-I loved the premise of this novel, refreshing in the face of dime-a-dozen dystopian fiction
-The tense action--especially the chases
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times Miles's whining got on my nerves
-Blackwell seemed almost stereotypical in his villainy

I really, really enjoyed After The End! Wonderful, a definite favorite! Next on deck: Death Sworn by Leah Cypess!

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