Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Title: In The After
Series: First in the In The After series
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 455
Available: Now
Genre: Dystopian
Reading Level: YA
Source: Amazon Vine

Synopsis via Goodreads:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

My thoughts:

Amy is living in a silent world in order to keep the alien creatures that invaded earth from devouring her whole. Her only company a toddler she named Baby.

This book is exactly what I want in a futuristic, Earth has gone to shit scenario; fast paced, awesome characters, and top notch world building. I connected with Amy very quickly. The way the author presents her and her thoughts just made it so easy. I found myself empathizing with her and her plight within the first chapter. It is rare that I connect with a character so quickly.

The pacing was practically perfect. Filled with edge of your seat action. Even the parts that focus on Amy hiding out in her home kept me frantically wanting to know what was to come next.

(Minor complaints)

I felt the novel lost some of its momentum in the middle, but thankfully it picked back up quickly. 

The love interest. Was. Not. Feeling. It. Hoping he'll grow on me as the series continues.

(End of minor complaints)

In the After is a novel that is both engaging and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this series start and can't wait for more! 


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