After the End (After the End Series #1)

After the End (After the End Series #1)

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by Amy Plum, Emily Janice Card, Graham Hamilton
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Marie Lu
“Wonderfully riveting. A fascinating twist on the apocalypse, and a reminder that things aren’t always as they seem.”
Sophie Jordan
“Exciting and tense! Prepare for the unexpected! You’ll stay up all night with this one!”
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!”
ALA Booklist
“This fast-paced adventure novel pulses with magic, romance, and one humdinger of a cliff-hanger.”
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.”
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781483004105
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
After the End Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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After the End 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
ZachJPayne More than 1 year ago
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
pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Lisa-Stafko More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Another great job from Amy Plum. Can't wait for more!!!
terrilbn More than 1 year ago
This book is well done and keeps you guessing about what could be going on. Well written. I'm ready to read more.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***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 will read it. It's definitely not a priority though.
MusingsOfAGirl 5 months ago
What the hell did I just read? I have so many issues with this book. 1. The main female character is from Alaska, and her name is Juneau. Really? That's the best you could come up with? 2. This book has a major identity crisis. I went into it under the impression that it would be dystopian/post-apocalyptic, but it was not. It started out that way, but then it also had touches of science fiction, fantasy, maybe contemporary I guess? Please, book, figure out what you are and stick to it. 3. The entire thing felt like some preachy hippie thing about how we need to love the earth and preserve it and be one with nature. If this is what you are going for, please maybe write an essay instead of poorly attempting to disguise it under a young adult novel. 4. I'm super confused as to where these powers Juneau has came from? I guess I just feel like the author went into super crazy detail about a lot of the wrong things. 5. It got better, but in the beginning, Miles POV felt so disconnected and jarring that it felt like I was reading two different books. If you are going to have each chapter be from the POV of a different character, please make sure they blend together well. I most definitely will not be reading the sequel to this and frankly, I wish I had avoided reading this one too.
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hazelbeatrice More than 1 year ago
This is an absolute favorite! Very interesting right from the back cover description all throughout the whole story. It keeps you wanting more and we'll be definitely getting more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, I wasn't sure if I really enjoyed it with the Yara in it.. When I was getting to the middle, I couldn't put the book down! I enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait for the second to come out! The end of the book kind of leaves you on a cliff hanger, and it makes me super impatient for the second book! 
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
As a big admirer of Amy Plum's REVENANTS series, AFTER THE END was a definitive must read for me. And Amy's new book is totally different than anything I've read by Amy Plum so far. Juneau's story takes us to the frozen, barren tundra where she lives a very primordial life with her tribe and their animals. Juneau is this very tough wilderness girl who hunts and can survive anywhere. And she has to prove herself only a few short days later when her tribe is kidnapped by a shady organization. She's so brave and independent that she sets out to save them all, sees big cities like Anchorage and civilization for the first time. How would you feel? Her emotional commotion is something you can understand even if you are no professional caribou hunter who grew up in Alaska. When a character loses something so dear to him or her and sets out to get it back, the story practically tells itself, especially with Amy Plum's exceptionally good writing. Did you know that AFTER THE END is told from alternating point of views? Juneau you know. And then there's Miles. Miles had me on his side from page one. He's this smug and arrogant rich kid who believes he can get out of everything. He is a character one could dislike but I always want to give such a character the chance to prove himself. And I couldn't wait for Juneau to come along and change him radically. One would absolutely be expecting her to do that, right? They also go on a kind of road trip, not voluntarily because they are trying to find Juneau's people but they grow closer and make great experiences together. It's just that some parts of their trip were not that captivating because they kept dragging on for some chapters. The Alaskan setting in the beginning is kick-starting the story like a rocket. I could easily feel myself into Juneau's nature-loving life and wanted to learn everything about their routines and how they believe that they are the only people left after Word War III. There are huskies, too, and they were so adorable, stole my heart right from the start! Reading the summary one could expect a dystopian read but it's more of a contemporary with magical and a few light supernatural influences. 4/5 **** AFTER THE END – A pretty wild first book in a new adventurous trilogy by Amy Plum. Readers who liked Amy Plum's writing in her REVENANTS series will definitely be into her new series as well. It's spiritual, it has car chases, a big portion of cultural exchange and magical elements. Alternating point of views, a light romance between Juneau and Miles and a beautiful Alaskan setting make AFTER THE END an exciting new release!
RoseVAcademyST More than 1 year ago
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!
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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BlueBash1011 More than 1 year ago
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"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Rocky2014 More than 1 year ago
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!
Acrilia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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~
ana-karenm More than 1 year ago
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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bnmomoo17 More than 1 year ago
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!