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M. Night Shyamalan’s The
Village
meets Michael Grant’s Gone series in this riveting new adventure from Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series.

Juneau has grown up knowing that she and the rest of the people in her village are some of the only survivors of World War III. But when
Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers that everyone in her village has disappeared,...

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Overview

M. Night Shyamalan’s The
Village
meets Michael Grant’s Gone series in this riveting new adventure from Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series.

Juneau has grown up knowing that she and the rest of the people in her village are some of the only survivors of World War III. But when
Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers that everyone in her village has disappeared, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries in remote Alaska for the very first time, she learns a horrifying truth: There never was a war. Everything was a lie.

Juneau must now make her way in a modern world she never knew existed. But while she’s struggling to rescue her friends and family,
someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

Amy Plum’s internationally bestselling Die for Me series was praised by RT Book Reviews as “the perfect combo of romance and thrills, with heart-pumping action that will make you jump and love that will make you cry out for joy.” Now, in this striking new departure, Amy has created another vivid mythology filled with thrilling action and engrossing characters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/03/2014
Seventeen-year-old Juneau has grown up isolated in the postapocalyptic Alaskan wilderness, a pristine landscape of “crystalline fields veined with frozen streams.” When her clan is kidnapped, she discovers that the nuclear war they supposedly fled never took place. Struggling to disentangle truth from lies, Juneau plunges into an unfamiliar world to rescue her clan, aided by her connection to the Yara, a mystical nature-force. In this series opener, Plum (the Die for Me books) introduces a resilient, crossbow-wielding, part-Chinese heroine, then forces this driven survivor to cooperate with a spoiled rich kid. Miles Blackwell seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of his CEO father by capturing Juneau, but he’s instead pulled into her attempt to find her people. Misunderstandings and betrayals abound as Juneau and Miles set off on a road trip through the West, coming to appreciate each other in a slow-moving, believable romance. Alternating first-person narrators let readers get to know intense Juneau from inside and out, while offering a window into Miles’s gradual maturation. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stacey Glick, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (May)
Kimberly Derting
“Amy Plum creates a chilling world where the stakes are high and no one can be trusted. After the End will leave you breathless!”
New York Journal of Books
“This last book does not disappoint. Amy Plum is to be congratulated for her creation of the Revenants. It is a fresh and original mythology. It will be interesting to see what Amy Plum will come up with next.”
Aprilynne Pike
PRAISE FOR THE DIE FOR ME SERIES“I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.”
ALA Booklist on Die for Me
“Move over, Bella and Edward. Plum introduces a world and a story that are sure to intrigue teen readers and will easily attract fans of the Twilight series.”
ALA Booklist on If I Should Die
A swashbuckling final episode with plot twists and unexpected revelations.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A fast-moving tale of star-crossed lovers.”
Sophie Jordan
“Exciting and tense! Prepare for the unexpected! You’ll stay up all night with this one!”
Marie Lu
“Wonderfully riveting. A fascinating twist on the apocalypse, and a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem.”
ALA Booklist
“This fast-paced adventure novel pulses with magic, romance, and one humdinger of a cliff-hanger.”
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Elisabeth W. Rauch
Juneau grew up near Denali, Alaska, after World War III left Earth a nuclear wasteland. Her community centers itself around taking good care of the Earth and depending upon nature for everything they need. They are all specimens of extraordinary good health, as they do not age or grow ill. While out hunting, Juneau hears helicopters, which are signs of brigands, or looting hoards of radioactive people. She returns to her community to find there is no one left. Her connection with Earth’s magic, or Yara, allows her the vision of everyone she knows being flown off in giant helicopters, a technology that was never supposed to have survived the war. As the only member of her community who has not been captured, she is charged with finding them and bringing them home. As she ventures out into the world beyond her community, she finds that things are not as she was taught, and now she has to question everything she thought she knew. A lot of things about this dystopian tale will sound familiar to teen readers. For example, a crossbow-equipped female main character with incredible wilderness survival skills holds sole responsibility for saving her family and community. For this reason, however, teens will jump at the opportunity to pick up this new dystopian series. Reviewer: Elisabeth W. Rauch; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Raised to believe she was one of the few survivors of a nuclear war, 17-year-old Juneau is part of a tiny community of refugees in Alaska, isolated from the rest of the world. Juneau is training to be the next Sage and strengthening her mystical abilities. When her entire clan is kidnapped, she sets out to find them. She soon learns that men are searching for her, and she struggles to stay one step ahead of them while acclimating to modern civilization for the first time. In a parallel narrative, Miles, the son of one of Juneau's pursuers, decides to track her himself, hoping to impress his father. The fast-paced plot, rife with mystery, successfully moves the story forward. The initial setting of Juneau's camp is fully realized and portrayed in vivid detail. She is a tough, loyal, and smart protagonist and thoroughly developed while Miles is more two-dimensional. A romance develops between them, but some teens may question Juneau's interest in Miles, who is egocentric and has few redeeming qualities. Some plot devices feel contrived, straining readers' abilities to suspend disbelief, and the number of conveniently fortuitous coincidences may raise an eyebrow or two. Ultimately, however, the unique premise, strong protagonist, and action-packed story redeem the work. Fans of postapocalyptic fiction will enjoy this unusual not-quite-dystopian novel with a dose of corporate espionage. And the cliff-hanger ending will leave them eager for future installments.—Julie Hanson, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-12
Plum serves up another paranormal-suspense series opener. Seventeen-year-old Juneau lives in the wilds of post-apocalyptic Alaska, where elder Whit is teaching her to become clan Sage, to connect her mind with the Yara. This mystical energy enables her to Read distant events and people's motivations and to Conjure, allowing her to manipulate objects remotely and even to become briefly invisible. Returning from a hunting expedition, Juneau discovers that helicopters have attacked her village and carried off everyone in it. She begins to track them down, then discovers that the story she had been told all her life is a lie: She and her clan are not survivors of World War III, supposedly fought in 1984. Instead of devastation, she finds the vibrant contemporary city of Anchorage. Going undercover in a modern world she doesn't understand, Juneau begins to lose her paranormal powers. Meeting Miles, the son of the powerful man behind the underlying plot, she partners uneasily with him in a trek across the west in search of her clan. The story morphs from paranormal exploration to a chase thriller as Juneau narrowly eludes her pursuers. Miles and Juneau trade narration duties, their present-tense voices nicely distinct; Juneau speaks formally, with a slightly archaic accent, while Miles uses a pleasantly normal contemporary vernacular. Attractive characters and the fresh, present-day setting should hook genre fans. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483004105
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Plum

Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of Die for Me, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London, and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie® and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** After the En

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    After the End by Amy Plum
    Book One of the After the End series
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Publication Date: May 6, 2014
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    I really liked Plum's Die For Me series, so I was thrilled to see that she had a new book coming out! She did a lot of hinting about her "Juneau" book while the Die For Me books were coming out, so I've been interested in this book for quite some time. 




    Juneau has lived her entire life in Alaska with her clan, a group of about fifty people. She is completely cut off from modern civilization. According to her clan's leader, Whit, World War III destroyed the United States, so so he and the survivors escaped to the clean, fresh world of Alaska. But when the clan disappears while Juneau is hunting, she sets out to find them. And discovers that the world is not as she thought it was. There was no World War III. No one believes in the "Yara" (kind of like the life force that binds all living things together). And people are after her.




    I have mixed feelings about this book. For one, I disliked Juneau, and no, not because her ignorance. I don't want to ruin things for others, but basically, she had things all wrong. Or at least, the clan leader (and her mentor) Whit fed the clan's children lies. There is no Yara, no Conjuring, no Reading (like, psychic stuff), no weird powers or magic. Juneau had to go through many obstacles and discoveries to realize that she had been born into a sort of experiment or cult. Creepy.




    I really powered through this book - something about Plum's writing style always has me reading her books very quickly. There weren't any specific times in the novel where I was overly bored or tired of reading or irritated or anything like that. I simply read the book, cover to cover, without stopping - that's rare, for me!




    I already mentioned that I wasn't a huge fan of Juneau. I definitely preferred Miles to Juneau. Juneau was entirely too strange and inhuman for me. The way she bossed people around (namely, Miles), expecting him to do everything and anything for her? No. Not okay. More on that later. I liked Miles. He seems to be genuinely good person (despite the deception), with a kind heart. This book is split into two first-person narrations, alternating by chapter, between Miles and Juneau. I always preferred Miles' perspective.




    The story itself is interesting, but I found it lacking a bit. I'll explain as vaguely as I can below. As I said before, I sped right through this book, so the plot wasn't boring or anything. There were many twists and turns, and I wanted to know how things shook out. The climax was a kaleidoscope of action, even if the ending was a bit predictable and cliche. I haven't decided if I want to read the sequel or not (when it comes out). If this is a duology, then I probably will. If it's a trilogy... then maybe. Maybe not.




    What I Did Not Like:




    I think I mentioned above that I didn't like Juneau very much, and that I found the story lacking a bit, and that the ending was cliche? I feel like there were other things that I disliked, but maybe not. I just remember being very meh about this book when finishing. Actually, I was a bit confused, and frustrated. So many not meh at all. 




    Juneau was annoying at best. I didn't like her bossy, self-important attitude. The entire time, she seemed very selfish and unaffected, and I did not like it. Oh, so a crazy psychic tells you that a boy will help you, so you immediately latch onto said boy, and orders him around like he is EXPECTED to do everything at your command? This isn't just at the beginning of the novel. This goes on throughout the novel, to the end, so it's not a character flaw that fades as she develops. Nope nope nope. Juneau is selfish, and the author wants it to off as naive or something. I don't buy it. 




    I definitely think there was something missing in this book. For the vast majority of the book, I was extremely confused as to what was happening. Heck, I'm still confused. Even as Plum was dropping hints and twists and turns left and right, I was confused - in fact, getting even MORE confused. Nothing is fully or thoroughly or even medium-ly explained in this book. I get it, there is a sequel, there is time to discover what is happening, what really happened to Juneau and the other clan children, where the clan is, what will happen with the experimentation and Miles and everything. But can we explain at least some of these things in the first book, a little bit concretely? Nothing is concrete in this book. I am not a fan of that. 




    The ending is so, so cliche. Oh, that reminds me that there is insta-love in this book. But the ending is cliche. OF COURSE Miles would do anything for Juneau (trying to be vague). OF COURSE. Because they are TOTALLY THERE, in their "relationship", after like, a week? Less than that? Four days, or something? REALLY?! Unbelievable. And OF COURSE the only way to fix things, at the very end, is for Juneau to do a certain thing, because OF COURSE a certain thing involving Miles happens. The ending is so cliche, so wrong.




    And insta-love. I was surprised to see that Miles and Juneau felt that way towards each, so strongly, after a few days. I mean, the first two days or so, Miles was totally freaked out by Juneau, and Juneau was wary and distrusting and on full user mode. How did that progress to strong feelings of caring?! Strong enough to the point where Miles did ____ and Juneau did ____ and ugh!




    Also, in the beginning of the book, did it NEVER occur to Miles that there are phones EVERYWHERE, and that Juneau would never have seen him use someone else's, or use a payphone, or use a store's phone? He could have called his dad a million times in the first day or two. But NOOOOOOO, there has to be that wild goose chase, in which Miles totes Juneau around EVERYWHERE, a complete and utterly insane stranger. Miles was doing it for his dad, but he could have called his dad to tell him where they where at ANY POINT in the first day or two. Plot hole much?




    I think that sums it up. So I guess I wasn't feeling meh about this book at all!




    Would I Recommend It:




    If you loved Amy Plum's Die For Me series, then I couldn't convince you otherwise (to not read this book). Not that my goal is to discourage anyone from reading this book. I don't think this book is a must-read, but if you already have a copy, read it! Otherwise ehhh, it's not entirely worth your time. I would skip it, because there are plenty of better books (or better-sounding books) out there! In my opinion, of course.




    Rating:




    2.5 stars -> rounded up to 3 stars. I think I liked this book, but I think I wanted more from it. I'll have to see about reading the sequel - if I get a review copy of some sort, then I probably wil

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    Juneau is one of a small clan that lives in Alaska. Her whole li

    Juneau is one of a small clan that lives in Alaska. Her whole life she was taught about World War III and the dangers of going outside their land. She is a skilled hunter and one of the most proficient with the magic of the Yara. When she returns from a hunting trip its to an empty camp with all the dogs dead. She connects with the Yara to see that her whole clan had been taken by raiders. She only has one choice and that's to venture for the first time outside their territory to try to rescue them. What she finds outside shocks her to the core. Why was she lied to and what was the point of it? 

    When I first heard that Amy Plum had a new book coming out I immediately added it to my wishlist. I love her writing. Then when I saw the cover I was sold. I thought it was a post apocalyptic book at first but its not. 

    I loved Juneau. She was strong, willful, clever and tough. When she learns that what she was raised to believe was all lies, she finds it hard to thrust anyone. Her connection to the Yara dims because she starts questioning if its real or another lie. She was betrayed by the people she loves yet she still does everything in her power to free them. I also loved her reaction to the world outside her territory and to the technology, the amazement of it all but also the deep betrayal and the sense of why they had to lie. 

    Miles was awesome. He got into trouble at school and now works in the mail room for his father. He tries to make his father proud of him so when he overhears his father on the phone he stops to listen. His father seems to be looking for a teenage girl who is a spy. He hears where she is thought to be and thinks that if he gets to her first his father will be proud. He decides to go look for her. 

    Juneau mean while needs help. She decides to connect to the Yara through an oracle. The Yara tells her that she has to find someone whos name will take her a long way. He is the only one who can help her. She goes around asking everyone what their name is until eventually she finds Miles. The Yara told her to thrust Miles so she starts telling him just enough to get him to help her. Meanwhile he thinks she is completely crazy but agrees to "help" till he can get in contact with his dad. 

    I absolutely loved Miles reaction to Juneau. He sees her talking to fire and birds and all he thinks is that she is cuckoo!! He was so funny and sweet. Seeing their strained relationship go from what it first was to them becoming friends was the best part. He is completely out of his depth and has no idea what he has gotten himself in for. 

    It took a while for me to understand what was going on at first but once I did I flew through this. It was amazing and completely unique. The lore of the Yara was fascinating. The characters were all believable and the plot was fast paced. There was a subtle romance in the book and I loved seeing it grow. It wasn't insta love nor was it unbelievable but it was so sweet. Apart from the confusion at the start I loved everything about this book. There is plenty of twists and turns, secrets, lies and everything you could want in a captivating read. After the shocking ending I can not wait for book 2. Highly recommend!!!

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I loved this book, it was filled with action, magic, betrayal an

    I loved this book, it was filled with action, magic, betrayal and romance.




    After The End is hard to put into any one genre, I know from the cover and the title that most people think that it's a dystopian (and I did too before reading it myself) but that can't be further from the truth.
    It certainly has it's paranormal aspects but it's also a contemporary as well.




    Following Juneau (I have no idea how to pronounce this name so in my head it's Juno) who lives with her Father and a clan of people in Alaska close to Mount Denali, safe from the rest of the world after World War 3 and it's destruction, they live a quiet life led by their clan leader Whit, the children are taught from an early age about connecting to the Yara (a magic dependent on nature and connection to the Earth) to be able to conjure and read things, Juneau is training to one day be the Sage (clan leader) and so is depended on for all sorts of tasks, which is how she finds herself off hunting one day and on her return discovers that the whole clan has been kidnapped, so she sets off to find and rescue them.




    Stepping over the boundary of their land which they've been forbidden to do in case of nuclear fallout from the war, Juneau soon discovers that what she and all the rest of the clan were told and were led to believe was one big lie, there was never any war and the rest of the world has been going along as per normal all that time, ever since Whit moved them all to their home in Alaska in 1984, realising that her whole life has been a lie, she commandeers Miles a boy whose name she got from an Oracle to transport her to where she needs to go, not knowing that he is the son of the head of a large pharmaceutical company and he's planning on delivering her to his Dad who is one of a group of two people who are after her for the knowledge she has about some drug that her clan used and they will stop at nothing to get it.




    After a while Miles starts to have second thoughts about taking her to his Dad, although at first he believes she's crazy he soon starts to believe her story, and it's not long before they develop feelings for one another.




    But with two different groups after her, and the betrayal of a clan member will she ever be able to get to the rest of her clan to rescue them, or will Juneau find herself captured before then, unable to save anyone?




    The concept that Amy has created is so well done, it will keep you on your toes and after the ending you'll find yourself desperate to get your hands on a copy of the second book.




    A fantastic story with well written characters and even better world building, a great start to this new series.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I love this book. The first thing it does, is it turns the Dyst

    I love this book.

    The first thing it does, is it turns the Dystopian genre right on it’s ass. With so many dystopian stories that seem to focus entirely on the United States (or, at least, the physical land that used to be the US) without mentioning the rest of the world, the MC, Juneau, gets a bit of a shock right off the bat: This isn’t a dystopia. People have been lying.

    Still, just about every site under the sun describes AFTER THE END as a dystopian novel, but I’d disagree. It’s more of a thriller in my book, as we watch Juneau travel around the modern world, trying to hunt down her clan, and trying to figure out what the hell is going on. There’s almost a Dan Brown-like element to it, watching the protagonist run around and try to solve the mystery. The dystopian element is only a fraction of the story. There’s also a sort of supernatural element that ties in, leaving Juneau with some interesting and questionable powers. 

    The perspective is split between Juneau and a boy, Miles, who is pretty much her exact opposite. With a father who’s the head of a pharmaceutical company, he’s never had to worry a day in his life. Of course, this doesn’t stop him from acting out, ruining his automatic acceptance to college and forcing dad to discipline him. So you have this jackass of a bad boy with a tragic backstory who’s trying to impress daddy, and a girl who’s trying to find her family and make sense of the real world. Time for a road trip that ends with the two of them falling head over heels!

    Seriously, though. Amy Plum could’ve made this so cliche, so stupid … and yet, it’s pretty darn perfect. The story is riveting, the villains are intriguing, and the character thoughts and motivations will keep you reading and wanting more. And yes, thank goodness, there is more to come. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. 

    Rating: A

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    Wow I loved this book!!!! I think what i loved the most was all

    Wow I loved this book!!!! I think what i loved the most was all the places that the characters went in this book. I have been to Alaska and to the places Juneau lived and visited. I have been to Idaho and lived in Utah for a while so all the places in the book were familiar and special to me. The characters were great too and so was the amazing story line. I don't know how I would feel if everything I knew to be true was actually a lie. I loved the love/hate relationship between Juneau and Miles. It is so cute and funny how they interact with each other. It was fun to watch their relationship change and grow and how they learned to trust each other. The cliffhanger ending was like WHAT!!!! and now I have to wait for the next one. SIGH!!!!!

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Wow!! Another great job from Amy Plum. Can't wait for more!!!

    Wow!! Another great job from Amy Plum. Can't wait for more!!!

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

    Life is easier in black and white. It's the ambiguity of a world

    Life is easier in black and white. It's the ambiguity of a world defined in grays that has stripped me of my confidence and left me
    powerless.

    After the end is the first book I read by Amy Plum. Her Die for me series has been sitting for a long time to my tbr shelf and, after reading
    this one, I’ll be definitely moving it to my read shelf.

    Juneau, our heroine, has been deceived into believing that World War III has left the earth barren and uninhabited. Born and raised in
    Alaska's wilderness, Juneau is content with her life until one day everything changes. Her tribe is taken by men Juneau has never
    seen before and she’s determined to take them back. All of her life she was warned never to cross their borders. The time has come
    though, to test her limits.

    When Juneau wanders beyond their borders, she expects to find a destroyed world. But nothing has prepared her for what’s to come.
    She’s been lied. Juneau discovers a thriving civilisation and she just found out that someone’s after her. Surving in this new world is
    harder than she thought though.Especially when she witnesses that she’s different from the average human. Juneau has a direct
    connection with the Yara (she has psychic powers and she can cast spells) which means she can conjure and manipulate things for
    good purposes. Juneau can’t believe that her father and her tribe would lie to her but now she knows it’s imperative to find them,
    rescue them and get the answers she deserves.

    But this world isn’t hers. She knows little about it and she needs someone to help her find her way. That’s when Miles shows up. The
    son of a wealthy man, the only reason Miles knows about Juneau is because his father is after her. So, Miles decides to help his father
    out and find her for him. But things get more complicated when Miles tracks Juneau and she’s not at all the “spy” he thought her to be.

    Wow ! what a roller coaster. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was packed with so much action and suspense. Juneau was a
    great heroine. She had all the characteristics a leader should have. On the other hand, Miles was a city boy. Always getting what he
    wants, Miles wasn’t much happy when Juneau started judging him. They were so different characters but put together they made two
    parts of a whole. The book had so much going on. There was a lot of mystery surrounding Juneau but at the same time Miles had a lot
    of secrets as well. 

    I loved this book! It was nothing like I expected it to be but I found that surprises aren’t always bad.

    The only thing I hated was the major cliffhanger. I understand that cliffhangers are supposed to motivate one to read the next book but
     when the next book is to come out on May 2015, I find cliffhangers very frustrating.
    Anyway, I want to say a big thank you to Shana from Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy for giving me the opportunity to read
    this book. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have read this book.

    Looking forward to reading more!

    Highly recommended!

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Years of lies and an a mysterious abduction takes Juneau halfway

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    I was really excited to read this book. I heard so many great re

    I was really excited to read this book. I heard so many great reviews about this book and got it. I am so pleased that I got this book. Best part for me is when Miles has he's breakdown which is so funny.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    I really loved the book! It is definitely one of my favorites! H

    I really loved the book! It is definitely one of my favorites! Honestly, when I read the brief preview/introduction on the dust jacket, I thought it was simply going to be about a girl that found out that her whole life was a lie and is going to try to adapt to our modern-day environment. It turned out to be really different from what I hoped for. Not bad different, surprisingly and amazingly different! I would never have thought that "that" was the cause of everything that happened in Juneau's life. It was also very clever of Amy Plum to include a "magic system" that is very unique and original. All in all, I love everything about this book and I can't wait for "Until the Beginning"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Not to bad

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    This is the first book I have read by Amy Plum and the character

    This is the first book I have read by Amy Plum and the characters were so realistic, the suspense was unreal, and the plot was out of this world! Thank you Amy! Keep writing!
    I am ready for the next installment!

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    I loved Amy Plums Die for Me trilogy, so of course I bought Afte

    I loved Amy Plums Die for Me trilogy, so of course I bought After the End. And I really liked it. It is something new and exciting, different from her other books, but just as good. I definetly recommend it to anyone who is into post apocalyptic novels.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    I think for the first book in a series, After the End did a good

    I think for the first book in a series, After the End did a good job at setting the character and giving us an idea of what will come next. 

    It starts a bit slow, but it picks up really fast and then it just keeps going. I love how the relationship between Juneau and Miles
     developed and how they go from traveling together because they have to - to actually wanting to be together. Miles character growth
     was so amazing, and I loved who he became- or the man he wanted to become- by the end of the book.
     I love Juneau, but I think her character growth had more to do with acceptance of things she didn't know, while Miles was pretty much
     the boy who thinks he deserves everything because of who he is- or who his father is. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    In Tears

    Amy Plum has done an amazing job with this book. The adventure you'd go through following both the 2 main protagonists is fantastic! You will be stumped many times and if your anything like me you'd want to scream or cry maybe all at once! I can't believe how this book ended I love it so much and honestly I wish I could contact the author and inquire is there going to be a second book. I'll find some way to reach her this literary work is just awe shocking to me. It took but only 3 days to read it all her other work 'Die for Me' I read in one days time her books are fabulous! Loved it and definitely worth a read but fare warning you may become just as frustrated as me xD no spoilers from me just dive into the world of After the End! Xoxo~

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    When I first picked this book up I thought it would be about a d

    When I first picked this book up I thought it would be about a dystopia. At one point in the book Amy plum turns the whole
    Book around and the book shocks you when you see what it's really about. The book follows to very different characters, Miles and
    Juneau. Through this book you will see how the two characters grow on each other and how they need each other to
    Complete there very different life. This book is not an apocalypse, but it might as well be for the two characters Juneau  and Miles.
    Overall it was a fantastic book that I would highly recommend reading!

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    I fell in love with the characters in this book so quickly! I fi

    I fell in love with the characters in this book so quickly! I finished this book in two days because of how attached I became to it. Plum does an exceptional job of showing how someone's feelings towards someone can change within an instant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    I really liked the Die For Me series, so I was thrilled to see t

    I really liked the Die For Me series, so I was thrilled to see that Amy Plum had a new book coming out! At the beginning I thought it was another Dystopian book and don't get me wrong. I totally love this kind of stories.  But this plot is refreshing.
    However,  I didn't like Juneau as much as Kate, but she was a good friend with a big heart. I love how she took care of her huskies. 
    The story is riveting, the villains are intriguing, and the character thoughts and motivations kept me reading and wanting more. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Juneau has been told her whole life that World War III has struc

    Juneau has been told her whole life that World War III has struck, which is why she and her family are living in Alaska. But when her family is kidnapped, she leaves her home for the first time ever and discovers that WWIII never happened. Along the way, she encounters Miles, and together, they have to outrun the man chasing Juneau: Miles's father. I absolutely loved this book! I was expecting more of a dystopian edge to the novel, but was pleasantly surprised with the action that ensued! Cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    Awesome read!!!!

    Amy Pum had done it again!! She had me fall in love with her story-telling from her Die For Me series (another excellent read!) And now I am smitten all over again with After The End!! I'm not going to give any spoilers, but if anyone wants a good action book filled with mystery & colorful characters then I highly recommend this book!

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