Review: In The After
Published by HarperTeen on June 25, 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian, Young Adult-Science Fiction
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.
I just have one phrase for this book. Alien Zombies! Freaky, imaginative and suspenseful. Caught in a journey that is both frightening and creates an end of the world feeling, I was swept off my feet and taken on a journey that had me constantly on my toes only wanting more.
Plot: The book kind of reminded me of Residential Evil with how the plague of disease took over all the world and how there was one society that people lived and pretended to have normal lives. However, people outside of the city may not necessarily know of this city and for them it was survival of the fittest. Within the city there were many dark secrets that were kept silent to, what they thought as a protection, but in reality it was a lie that speeded the disease.
Characters: Amy is a girl who learned to live on her own and became one who knew what it came down to survive. Picking up a strangler, Baby, when going out in search of food, the two of them create a connection of sisterhood that shines out throughout the story. I was happy when Amy was reconnected with her mom but the secrets that she held among with her other colleagues are something that severed the relationship between them. Amy is forced to make a decision at that end that creates a suspenseful ending and leaves the reader wanting more.
Secrets: I think throughout this book, there are so many secrets that were left out till the end of where the disease came from and how it spread. Up to the very end secrets were revealed which tore people apart from each other. Holding secrets back is giving the sense that the society is corrupt and when the society is corrupt a city will crumple. But we might have to wait and see.
Ending: Amy had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life at the end of the novel. Whether is for the good or bad, we will have to wait till the next book in the series.
Ms. Lunneta keeps the reader wanting more and I will keep my eyes peeled for the next book in the series. A haunting summer read, this book will surely grab your attention.
I give this book 5 bites!