In the After

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Attack. Not isolated.
Fate of Americans: unknown.

Amy is watching TV when it happens—when the life she once knew is taken over by Them. Though their origin is unknown, these vile creatures are out to kill. But Amy, marooned in her high-security house, is able to survive. She even rescues "Baby," an abandoned toddler, during a dangerous trip into town for supplies.

Now, after years of hiding, they are ...

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Overview

Attack. Not isolated.
Fate of Americans: unknown.

Amy is watching TV when it happens—when the life she once knew is taken over by Them. Though their origin is unknown, these vile creatures are out to kill. But Amy, marooned in her high-security house, is able to survive. She even rescues "Baby," an abandoned toddler, during a dangerous trip into town for supplies.

Now, after years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a survivors' colony on a former government research compound. New Hope seems safe . . . until the dark underbelly of this colony comes to light. And the more Amy uncovers, the bigger the target on her back grows. Forced to choose between protection from the creatures of the outside world and the dangers of New Hope, Amy must make a decision fast, for it could cost her—and Baby—their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Sophie Jordan
“Consuming! Fascinating and full of twists. Scary in the best way! I couldn’t look away. Once you start this book, you won’t close it until the story’s over…and then you’ll sit there wanting more.”
Jodi Meadows
“Part adventure, part mystery, Demitria Lunetta’s In the After is an exciting and scary read that had me hyperaware of every noise, every breath. This book completely consumed me.”
The Horn Book
“Will leave readers stunned.”
ALA Booklist
A post-apocalyptic page-turner--intriguing.”
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Readers barely have a chance to meet 14-year-old Amy before the world ends, which means that, like her, they are thrust into a terrifying and confusing urban wasteland with next to no warning. The general consensus is that aliens attacked Earth, but Amy doesn't understand how these creatures, who can barely see and are single-mindedly driven by their appetite for human flesh, could have created the technology necessary for space travel. She doesn't have much time to muse about it, though, as she spends most of her energy figuring out how to survive along with Baby, a toddler she found miraculously alive in a grocery store. But when Amy and Baby are dragged into a helicopter and transported to New Hope, the largest human settlement on the continent (governed by her mother, who survived thanks to her government job), Amy begins to learn the truth about the predators and the world her mother is trying to rebuild. The story is incredibly fast paced with tight, clear prose and interesting dialogue. The characters aren't particularly well developed, but the plot is gripping and suspenseful. Apocalyptic fiction is a crowded field but this title, particularly the final revelations, stands out.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Surviving alone after an alien invasion and the ensuing apocalypse turns out to be onlythe beginning of Amy's trials. Fourteen-year-old Amy has her paranoid, scientist mother and hippie father to thank for her survival when the aliens land in Central Park. Though neither of her parents is home when the invasion occurs, the house is green enough to be supplied with solar electricity and rainwater plumbing, and it's surrounded by an electric fence. Amy and a foundling girl she names Baby live there for three years, communicating via sign language to avoid detection by the acute hearing of the small, voracious aliens who have wiped out most of humanity. When their sanctuary is threatened by a very human threat, the girls escape and find New Hope, a colony of human survivors…but the secrets of the regimented survivor community prove to be every bit as dangerous, if not more so, than the alien invaders. Debut author Lunetta crafts a bang-up, twisty sci-fi adventure/thriller that begs continuation. Plucky, smart, inquisitive Amy's first-person narration is enjoyably snarky, and this end of the world is original enough to make it a good addition to any collection of post-apocalyptic fiction. Fans will be rabid for The End, scheduled for summer 2014. (Science fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062105462
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 229,984
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chicago native Demitria Lunetta holds a BA in Human Ecology and has spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, she always carries a good book and a chocolate bar—the two items essential for postapocalyptic survival. In the After was her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Grea book!

    Interesting twist on aliens, which I thought of even before learning their origins (though i did see that coming......). Love the need for silence in this new world - definitely something lacking today!! Great sci/fi read, though admittedly a bit slow on plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    I like a decent night¿s sleep as much as anyone else. In fact,


    I like a decent night’s sleep as much as anyone else. In fact, I can get downright surly when I’m deprived but I don’t mind in the least when it’s a book that’s keeping me up because, after all, that’s a pretty good sign the story is truly enthralling. That’s exactly what I would call In the After, enthralling.

    Post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian fiction is high on my list of favorites and I’m even happier when both subgenres are present which is the case here. There’s a very distinctive and abrupt shift from one to the other and also a shift in reading excitement, if you will, and that leads to the only reason I can’t give this a full 5 stars. Not only is there a shift in theme and intensity but there is also a drop in the effort spent in character development.

    Amy and Baby are two of my favorite characters in memory. They’re both so intelligent and they make the best of a terrible situation, learning as they go how to survive and do so in a fair amount of comfort. The love that develops between the two girls who become as sisters is natural and heartwarming and they each know that they can depend on the other without question. Would Amy have grown into such a strong and empathetic young woman if disaster hadn’t happened? There is no way to know but, if there is ever a bright side to an apocalyptic scenario, it’s in the ways that some people rise above their circumstances. On the other hand, there is Baby who is just a toddler when Amy finds her and, while she is preternaturally aware of how to protect herself, it is certainly unlikely that she would have survived long without an older companion. The two girls need each other and the payoff is huge.

    The second and third parts of the story are where I felt a lack. After pouring so much effort into helping the reader understand and care about Amy and Baby, character development of the new people in their lives is really pretty thin. I would have liked to know Vivian much better and, while I liked Rice to a certain extent, I also had some niggling doubt about him. Kay and Gareth are better defined but, again, I want to know more and, considering the ending, I can’t be sure I’ll get that in future volumes. Other characters are unlikable to varying degrees but, again, it would help to know more about them, why they are the way they are. The “event” is really not enough to excuse some of the behavior even though they certainly fit into the usual dystopian mold. Finally, the very lightweight romance felt to me like the author believed she had to throw it in and it really didn’t add anything to the overall story. It didn’t actually bother me but I could easily have done without it.

    Having said all that, I really did love this book—it’s scary, nail-biting, thought-provoking, heartwarming and different from the pack—and it did indeed keep me up all night ;) . Demitria Lunetta is a fine writer and I am going to have a hard time waiting for the next entry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    After reading a string of contemporaries, I felt like I needed a

    After reading a string of contemporaries, I felt like I needed a change of pace. So I decided to give In the After a go! I'm always up for a post-apoc book! This book is divided into 3 parts. I will say Part One was the strongest for me. I was pulled in from the beginning. Lunetta had me completely captivated with Amy (our main character) describing the Before and After, as she refers to the state of the world. Before- everything was simple and normal and she really realizes the small things that you take for granted. After -is hard and lonely. Those small things you took for granted are nothing but a shadow of a dream you keep trying to hold on to. I liked Amy as a main character. She had her time to freak out and cry, but her survival instincts kicked in and she did what she had to do to survive. This is why I loved the first part of the book. It's all about survival. Lunetta does an amazing job creating this world where you are always on your guard, preparing for imminent danger. She is completely alone but is lucky her parents were so prepared. She is fortunate enough to be able to stay at home, have a safe place to live, a place to bathe, sleep, etc. However, she cannot stay holed up forever. She does eventually have to go out and forage for food. She finds a toddler, who she names Baby, and brings her home with her. For being alone for so long, Amy now finally has a companion. The two form a bond and Amy would do anything to protect and keep Baby safe. Baby is incredibly smart thankfully, and the two form their own form of communication (based loosely on sign language), as it is too dangerous to speak out loud for fear of Them coming. They are ruthless, carnivores who are only interested in killing and feeding on their prey. They are super fast, but they do not function as well in the dark.

    Although Amy has Baby, she still longs to know if there are others still alive out there. However, she must be extremely careful as to who to trust. She does meet another human and finds herself in a potentially horrible situation. From then on, as craved as she is for human interaction, she will not make the mistake of being so casual in who she approaches.

    Parts Two and Three are actually where the book took a completely different turn of events. We find out there is a human civilization called New Hope. Except the longer Amy stays, the more she realizes things are not as they seem. New Hope's ideals are not what Amy expects and she learns that not everyone is as trustworthy as they seem. This is not like dealing with aliens- Amy now has to protect herself against her own kind. I was ok with seeing how the society of New Hope worked, but then I felt like I was back reading The Program by Suzanne Young. And that was not the direction I expected this book to take at all.

    We meet a whole slew of characters in New Hope that play an integral part of the story. My favorite being Rice, a seventeen year old who works as a scientist. He instantly takes to Amy and befriends her, trying to help her adjust to her new surroundings. We only get to know him on a very surface level though, so I am hoping for a bit more depth in the next book.

    I am interested in the sequel because after the ending, I feel like it might go back to what I was originally looking for: a more in depth look at the world trying to survive in the wild. There are also quite a few questions to be answered and I definitely look forward to that. Overall- this is a decent post-apocalyptic book and I was very engaged and did not put it down.

    *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

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    A solid dystopian YA novel. Although it is the first in a series the author delivers a complete book with a satisfying end. The characters are well developed and you can easily identify with their hardships and loss. The book leads you along one path and as you begin to accept what the survivors must do to exist...suddenly all that you believe changes. Loved the twists this plot takes and the horrible journey into reality the main character must eventually face. Jp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    OMG

    Great book it gets strait to the point. Its almos like the walking dead you know struggling to survive then finding the town that is safe. But its faster you know? Anyways, you have to read this book it is awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Spoiler alert!!!

    I cant belive that Amy had to leave baby! Also why would Amy leave Hanahs name as baby? I mean what happend to baby in the end? Did they end up finding a cure for Them?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    "They hear the most silent of footsteps. They are faster th

    "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."

    Okay, this was mind-blowingly amazing. I know that there's a lot of hype when new dystopias come out, "the new hunger games blah blah" but if any is deserving of the title this is it. It's like it took elements from all the most horrible dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, 1984, The Road with a sprinkle of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This book packs a hell of a punch.

    First of all, there is Baby. There is always a younger sibling in YA dystopias, so I thought it would be more of the same. But it was so much more! In the other books the sibling eventually becomes this concept, he/she is not with the main character anymore, they're something to protect from afar. Baby and Amy were together for years. They grew together like sisters, if not by blood then by everything that matters. Their relationship was the strongest point of this book. Not that the book ever eased up, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

    And while admittedly, near the end, it got a bit cliché, it was still awesome.

    Seriously, this book has me trying not to make noise around the house!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Great read!

    This book had me hooked from the start and never let me down.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

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    ¿In the After¿ starts in a world filled with intrigue, suspense

    ‘In the After’ starts in a world filled with intrigue, suspense and silence. There’s that sense of desperate urgency, of deep sadness and of trying to live in a world that’s so different then what the characters in the novel have ever known. ‘In the After’ was relentless with its action and adventure. And, even though I went into this book have no expectations at all, it was a book that I ended up not being able to put down.


    The world was what interested me most about this book. There was this feeling inside me that just wanted to scream in horror and, at the same time, I felt so much empathy for the characters. One wrong sound would attract the very element that the characters never wanted anywhere near them because it meant a quick, painful and horrifying death. This world was built on a lack of trust and survival of the fittest. If I had been a character in this book, I would have been eaten.


    Amy was definitely a character with strong survival instincts. She was emotionally strong, brave and loyal. She was also lonely and desperate for human contact and even Baby, her constant companion, wasn’t enough for her. It was searching for that human contact that had her finding herself in some precarious situations. Her attributes was what made her such a likable character to me.


    There was a slight romantic element between Amy and one of the other characters. I wouldn’t say it was anything remotely like instant love, because the characters were too busy just trying to stay alive. It was so refreshing not to have characters falling all over themselves at the first meeting.


    The interesting thing about this book was the way the back story written. I loved having the chapters in a ‘before’ and ‘after’ perspective. It let me know about previous events and how the new world evolved into how it was now. What was even more brilliant was the way it showed how Amy had a relatively normal life until ‘They’ came.


    But even more than that, it was like there were two separate stories being told. One was the ‘before’ and ‘after’ and the other, that came later, was ‘after’ and ‘before in the after’. I know how weird that sounds, but I don’t know of any other way to describe it that wouldn’t give part of the story line away.


    ‘In the After’ made me think. It made me wonder about the secrets that came to light as the story developed. As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book and possibly more than I thought I was going to, because I, well, was expecting it to be a normal sci-fi book that dealt with aliens, but it was so much more than that.


    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and flesh-eating monsters.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    I had high expectations for In the After. From the moment I read

    I had high expectations for In the After. From the moment I read the description I could not wait to get my hands on this book.

    Imagine living in a silent world. Sound is death. Daylight is death. You can only travel at night and even then, the probability of dying is still high if you make even the slightest of sounds. Amy is one of the few who have learned to live in the After. The Before was peaceful and normal. Amy went to school, had sleepovers, and there weren't monsters. The After is a living nightmare. The After is full of monsters that eat human flesh.

    In the After has one of the best openings I have ever read. From the moment I started, I was hooked. The book was split into three parts and, if I have to pick which of those were my favorite, it would have to be part one. Part two and three were great, but in part one, Amy was really in the thick of it. She was sneaking around, living from day to day, risking death almost every night in an effort to gather food and not starve. I really enjoyed the rawness of the world around her and everything that living alone in the After brought.

    Part two and three kind of settled the story into the more typical dystopian novel that you find. There's a new government and they're oppressive. Actually, the propaganda the characters there would spout annoyed me to no end. But I'm okay with that though because it annoyed Amy too. I liked that she didn't buy in to any of it. She went and did her own thing. She didn't blindly follow crazy Dr. Reynolds and her stupid mother. And what did she get for not "falling into line"? Amy was placed in the Ward and drugged. From the moment I met him, I instantly hated Dr. Reynolds. One of the reasons why I liked Amy so much as a character was because even though she couldn't see everything I could, she wasn't stupid. She didn't buy into any of it or trust anyone easily even though some of the people she cared about there did. She listened to her instincts.

    The writing was gripping and really kept my attention. The plot moved forward at a nice pace. I didn't particularly enjoy having to read through drug-induced Amy's perspective. I was actually kind of annoyed but it wasn't that big of a deal. I think it was a different approach to the story and I appreciate that. Luckily, drug-induced Amy didn't really narrate that much. Those snips mostly consisted of her trying to remember why she's at the Ward. Then they would cut off to where part one left off and the story continued.

    Just for clarification, the Ward is basically an asylum. Of course, you could go with what the characters there called it and say "it's a place where people go to get better." Yeah, sure. Straight up lies. If you go to the Ward, you don't come back. That much was clear from the beginning. The Ward is the place the new government puts people that they say couldn't adapt. This translates to people who learn too much about Them (the monsters) or who don't agree with the oppressive society.

    Over all, I really enjoyed In the After. I just think that it would have been better without the whole oppressive society.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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       The set-up is so creepy, I cannot imagine these aliens, Them.

       The set-up is so creepy, I cannot imagine these aliens, Them. They are so strong, but Amy luckily finds their weaknesses and even though her parents don't survive, their eccentricities from life helps her to survive in this almost post-apocalyptic setting. At first Amy thinks she is alone, the last person alive, but then she finds Baby, and runs into people slowly. 
        I loved the sisterly relationship between Amy and Baby, it kept me emotionally invested in the story while the encounters with Them, and the challenges of staying alive kept me involved with action and plot. 
        I was eager to find out more about this strong alien, why they are there, and how they got there. How others besides Amy survived, and where this mysterious group of other survivors mentioned in the synopsis would come into play. Demitria Lunetta gives those answers little pieces at a time, and keeps me reading with her great world building and attention to detail. Its intense, a little gritty, and the pacing is great throughout. 
       I enjoyed Amy's character, she is smart, snarky and resourceful. While she does what she has to in order to survive, she has a heart that is big and beautiful. She rescues Baby, and she takes in others. She still cares for others despite what she went through. 
       The jumps in time starting around 30% confused me though. I know that was the point because we are in Amy's head and she obviously doesn't know what is going on either. When I started getting suspicions of why she was drugged and confused I didn't like it but I knew that it was all part of the storyline, and like a sucker punch to the gut. 
        I didn't have it all right, but there were a few things I was right about and then other twists that caught me completely by surprise. 
        There was a hint of romance, and I hope that the next book advances it a little more, but I am okay with that. It was kind of refreshing for that not to be a driving factor in the book. 
        The ending is crazy, and all that it should have been for the book except that it was a bit of a cliffie but it left me yearning for the next book which I will definitely be reading. 




    Bottom Line: Chilling story of survival

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Loved it!

    I loved this book. Would love to read more.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    For such a long time I¿ve been pretty much dying to read In The

    For such a long time I’ve been pretty much dying to read In The After by author Demitria Lunetta. The premise had me hooked and right from the opening chapter I knew I was going to be in love with this read. In The After is Aliens meets The Walking Dead and is also an amazing novel that had me hooked until the very end.

    Taking place after aliens land on Earth, main character Amy has lived for the last few years thinking solely of her survival. The aliens that came to Earth are vicious creatures that hunger for flesh. They’re faster than humans, they hunt in daylight and if they hear you you’re dead. Amy has lived in completely silence with Baby, a little girl who Amy has been protecting. Amy believes that everything from her life from Before is dead.  When Amy and Baby are both saved and taken to a small town of surviving humans known as New Hope.

    It’s in New Hope where Amy learns that some of her life from Before has survived. However not everything in New Hope is what it appears to be and it’s ruled by a psychiatrist whose eerie nature is known to Amy. She is soon integrated into New Hope’s society and begins to understand the new way of life that comes with it. New Hope is everything somebody going through the After could want and has everything she needs for survival—but there’s something wrong with it and once Amy discovers what’s wrong she’ll have to fight to protect both herself and Baby.

    The monsters in In The After are scary, terrifying and everything that I think Earth-ending aliens in YA should be. They are basically the threat in every zombie flick but instead of zombies they’re super enhanced aliens. I know that every chapters that they were included in had my skin creeping and crawling. The perfect details had my imagination not only visualizing them in the most frightening ways possible but also had me hoping that for the good of the characters that they would be quiet enough for them to survive an encounter.

    I really liked the main character Amy. She is everything that a female heroine should be. She’s kind, caring while also hardened and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Her relationship with  Baby is amazing. They have a sister bond but Amy also takes care of Baby like a mother would. Baby’s her responsibility and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Amy and Baby are two survivors that know the cost of life outside of New Hope and they both know the proper ways to fight for the chance to live. I loved these girls and admire them.

    New Hope is creepy and it’s the type of creepy that readers will really enjoy. You don’t really know what’s wrong with the town but as it’s true nature begins to get revealed readers will definitely begin to grow unsettled. Along with the fast pace that is set up with the novel and the characters in New Hope, some good and some wicked—this is a read that you have to fall in love with in some way or form. There’s just too much awesome to not like.

    I would recommend In The After to readers who are looking forward to reading a dystopian novel that will keep them guessing and have them falling in love. Readers who want a strong female protagonist will love this read. Definitely worth checking out.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    LOVED IT. Yes it had a few bits and pieces that were not exactly

    LOVED IT. Yes it had a few bits and pieces that were not exactly cohesive but I still loved it. :D Would love to read MORE! 

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    In The After started with a bang.. or more accurately towards th

    In The After started with a bang.. or more accurately towards the book, a silent implode. Because in this world, in order to survive, you have to stay silent, every second of the day. The book is set a couple of years after the apocalypse, with a bit of flashbacks in the beginning to set up the world building. We meet Amy, the sole survivor in her family that consists of her tree hugging father and scientist mother. The only reason she was able to survive was because her family basically set her up with the extra protection her mother took, such as adding an electric fence around the house, and with her dad's organic garden as well as solar panels. 
    This apocalypse will make you learn to breath, walk, eat, and sleep without making a single sound, or else They will come. They have supersonic hearing, are lightning fast, and will eat anything that walks across this earth. The beginning of the book was frighting and very sad. Just seeing how Amy found herself all alone in this monster infested world and having to fend for herself indefinitely. Then she finds Baby.. a four year old, in the middle of a supermarket. I have to say that I loved the relationship dynamic between Amy and Baby. Baby truly saved Amy's humanity. She was becoming ruthless and emotionless, traits that you need to acquire if you start living in a world full of monsters as well as other survivors that are ready to kill for anything. The sign language they molded to fit them was fascinating. Baby herself was so mature (the book was set around three years after Amy found Baby so she was around seven years old). I have to say, I enjoyed reading about them and how they were surviving. I love survival books and that was why I enjoyed this part of the book. 
    Unfortunately it wasn't all excitement and action going on. This book is split in three sections; The first is what I mentioned, while the second and third were set in New Hope, a sort of camp that housed thousands of survivors and was protected by the most high tech devices and weapons that can be found. When Amy and Baby find themselves in New Hope.. I found myself drifting off and missing the thrill and action of when they were outside. As the synopsis mentions, New Hope isn't the dream place everyone believes it to be. This part of the book felt more dystopian but I personally felt it was lacking. Flash forwards get thrown at us that I did not appreciate as well as a random romance that didn't progress smoothly, but only appeared sporadically. In terms of shocking revelations, Lunetta knows how to write them because I was seriously shocked towards the end of the book. However, I didn't enjoy the whole idea of The Ward and I felt like how the patients were, confused, drunk like, and trying to figure out what the hell is going on. I just felt that nothing much happened in the last two parts of the book. Also, I was quite bummed that Amy and Baby were barely together, their scenes were very short. This was disappointing since they were the heroes of the first part of the book. 
    All in all, In The After was a fantastic post apocalyptic novel with a ton of action (at least the first part) as well as big and shocking revelations that will make you want to pick up the second book immediately. 

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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

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




    In the After by Demitria Lunetta
    Book One of the In the After series
    Publisher: Harper Teen
    Publication Date: June 25, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from 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.




    What I Liked:




    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, to be quite honest. I've had an eARC for months, and never could seem to bring myself to read it. The synopsis was a little chilling, and I don't really do well with post-apocalyptic reads or the end of the world or those sorts of thing.




    But I enjoyed this book! Half of the book is spent in the world, and the other half is spent at New Hope. I liked this balance of the book. Some books spend very little time on the "outside", and way too much time in the dystopian world. I'm glad we got to see so much of Amy's world "After", and then we get so much from New Hope.




    Amy's narration is very different from what is expected of most YA books. She knows the world before it was overrun by Them, and she survives the perils of the world After. Her voice is so unique! I admire her ability to survive, and how she used her surroundings to work to her advantage (the fence, grocery, basement, etc.). 




    I thought the addition of Baby was an interesting one. Baby is a toddler that Amy found in the grocery. Amy takes in Baby, and they live together in the After - for three years I believe. Amy and Baby do not speak, for fear of attracting Them, so Baby never retains the ability to speak (though Amy can). Instead, they come up with a modified version of sign language, and are able to sign into each other's hands.




    I was never bored while reading this book - there is no way anyone could be bored, with so much action page after page! There were some boring passages that I glossed over, but nothing too long or detrimental to the story. The plot of the story is somewhat confusing, but in the After, and at New Hope. In the After, Amy describes both Before, and then she describes After. At New Hope, it switches between what is currently happening at New Hope, and what is in italics - something that we will get to see by the end of the book, that hasn't happened yet. I know, it sounds confusing even after I've read the book. But once you read the entire book, everything comes together.




    If you couldn't tell already, New Hope is a dystopian society. Basically, people gravitated to this abandoned college campus and started building a carefully constructed society. It's weird there, because they have school, and work, but they also have forced impregnation and testing on Them (the creatures). It's implied from the introduction of New Hope that it is a dystopian society, and it really is.




    There is a hint of romance, but nothing romantic really happens, and I don't have a ton of hope for this romance. I really don't think Amy and Rice are the greatest pair together, and they definitely do not have the strongest chemistry or attraction or romance. I guess the author didn't do a good enough job of convincing me that the romance is something. Because it felt really... meh.




    I had a hunch, just from reading the synopsis, what the creatures were and where they came from and whatnot. My hunch was correct. It's so scary to think that this is something that could actually happen! The concept is very, very plausible. Think biological warfare.




    The ending is expected, as soon as Amy and Baby reaches New Hope. I didn't expect the twist with Baby and her skills. I did expect Amy to do what she did at the very end. But I expected someone (not saying who) to come with her. But that's okay! We shall see in the next book.




    What I Did Not Like:




    I think I already mentioned this, but in the first part of the book, there were some passages that were slightly boring, and I skipped over them. Readers don't need to know so much about Before, or After. It gives the novel really solid worldbuilding, but then, for me, it makes the book less interesting because I get bored with huge paragraphs and no dialogue.




    I also didn't like how the romance was almost non-existent. It's like the author waved it in front of our face and then hid it behind her back. I really felt nothing towards Rice and Amy. Their relationship, romantically, seemed very forced.




    I was confused with the switches in the second half of the book. Obviously, there was a reason why the parts in italics were in italics. But it took me two of those italic passages for me to figure out that those passages were in the future (sort of). A cool aspect of the book, but a confusing one.




    Would I Recommend It:




    Yes, I would! I'm so pleased that I liked this book, but kind of annoyed that I didn't read it sooner. It's scary to think what could happen to our world!




    Rating:




    4 stars. It's not necessarily an OMG-huge-favorite-of-mine, but I really, really liked this book - a lot more than I was expecting! I mean that in the best way possible!

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

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    Everyone knows that I am into books that are creepy, and this one sounded like it would be. It was to an extent, but not quite what I was expecting. I still really enjoyed it though. I listened to the audio of it in combination with reading the book. I think I enjoyed then equally. I really enjoyed the characters and I thought that the plot moved along really well. I did get a little confused for a while by the way it's told once she gets to New Hope, but I did get used to it, and found that it was actually quite chilling and unsettling.

    Amy has been surviving "The After" as she calls it. She is fortunate that her house is pretty much safe, and she knows how to fend for herself. She also has Baby, who she found. She loves her like family and makes sure that no harm comes to her. When the go to New Hope, things get a bit more complicated. She doesn't get to spend as much time with Baby, there are really crazy rules, and there is definitely something more going on. She just needs to figure out what it is. She is putting herself in danger trying to get to the bottom of things though. She is a very tough girl, and I loved her persistence. She could have easily been broken, but she kept fighting.

    There is kind of a hint at romance, but it's really not focused on. I loved how it was done, and I think it really enhanced the story. I never really knew whether to trust him or not though, and it made it hard for me to want there to be a romance. I totally understood it though. He seemed to really and truly care about Amy, even if he was hiding some things.

    The audio was really great. I liked the reader. Sometimes with a female narrator, they tend to sound too old for the character, but I thought that she did it well. I was a little put off by when she was supposed to be talking in a male voice, but most of the time it seems that it sounds weird when it's a female. There are very few female narrators that do a good male voice. So beyond that, I liked the emotion she was able to put behind the characters and I thought she was a good voice for Amy. Overall it was a great audio to listen to,

    This book had plenty of chilling moments, secrets, a great family feel between characters, and some pretty good action scenes. It wasn't quite the creepy read that I thought it would be, and I figured out the twist a little early, but it was fantastic and I think that a lot of people will really enjoy this one. I am looking forward to see where the story will go!! A great first book to what I'm sure will be a thrilling series.


    * An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

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