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In the End

In the End

4.5 13
by Demitria Lunetta

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The thrilling conclusion to the survival story In the After, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she's been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Then one day, her former fellow Guardian's voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone


The thrilling conclusion to the survival story In the After, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she's been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Then one day, her former fellow Guardian's voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby. Now it's a race against time. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison turned survivor colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay's brother. He alone holds the key to Baby's survival.

But one small slipup could set off a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Walter Hogan
In this sequel to Lunetta’s In The After (HarperTeen, 2013), Amy, now seventeen, continues her strong first-person, present-tense narration of her struggle for survival in a bleak, postapocalyptic landscape. In a dystopian near future, flesh-eating monsters have taken over most of the planet, and only scattered pockets of terrified human survivors remain. As Amy learned in the first installment, the zombie-like monsters are the result of an experiment gone wrong in the laboratories of New Hope, a secure Kansas research facility where Amy’s mother and other scientists now frantically seek a cure to the lethal virus. Expelled from the New Hope compound for defying its sinister director, Dr. Reynolds, Amy undertakes a dangerous trek to the only other known sanctuary, a walled prison fortress in Fort Black, Texas. While fighting to establish herself in that tough community, Amy learns that Baby, the toddler she had rescued and nurtured through three frightening years “on the outside,” has become the latest subject of Dr. Reynolds’s reckless experiments. Amy must now return to New Hope to confront Dr. Reynolds and his henchmen and find a pathway to a humanity-saving cure that does not involve lethal experimentation upon unwilling and uninformed subjects. Amy is a terrific girl hero: quick thinking, resourceful, and brave. Unlike many of the adult survivors she encounters, she retains her humanity in the face of horrifying threats. Billed as the “thrilling conclusion” of a tale in two volumes, this well-paced, exciting science-fiction chiller is best appreciated as the sequel to In The After. Reviewer: Walter Hogan; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Surviving an alien apocalypse (check). Escaping repressive, fanatical scientists (check). But that is hardly the end for Amy, as this sequel to In the After (2013) demonstrates.Having escaped the "safe" enclave New Hope with the help of friends, 17-year-old Amy keeps her sonic emitter close to ward off Floraes, which, it turns out, are humans zombified by a bacteria rather than aliens. Amy isn't sure she wants to travel to Fort Black, another enclave of normal humans, until she gets a communication from her friend Kay that the evil Dr. Reynolds, who nearly killed Amy, now has her foster sister, Baby, and is experimenting on her. Kay indicates that Ken, her brother, who is at Fort Black, may be able to help. When Amy arrives, she finds Fort Black was actually a prison, and conditions haven't improved much. She must try to find Ken while dodging homicidal maniac Tank. She has the help of Jacks, the Warden's nephew, but she must pretend to be Jacks' possession, which doesn't sit well. Can she find Ken and maybe help with a vaccine to end the Florae menace? Lunetta's conclusion to her duology is not as twisty or enthralling as its predecessor (all the good reveals have been revealed), but it does extend Amy's tale with action and romance.Fans will enjoy this greatly, but the real punch was in the first. (Science fiction. 13-18)
“The lightning-swift pace and strong female characters create a satisfying page-turner that offersas happy an ending as one can expect in such a world.”
The Horn Book
Review for IN THE AFTER: “Will likely leave readers stunned.”
Sophie Jordan
Review for IN THE AFTER: “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
Review for IN THE AFTER: “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.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This sequel picks up the action right where In The After (2013) leaves off. After escaping the eugenic horror of New Hope, Amy finds her way to another survivor's camp, the former Texan prison complex of Fort Black. Instead of fleeing from monsters on the outside, Amy has to protect herself from many dangerous people seeking dubious refuge behind prison walls. It has a complex social structure where the few surviving women (with one exception) need to be claimed by men in order to survive, and while Amy balks at the idea of being property she plays along, allying herself with a kind young man with powerful connections. She's on an intelligence mission, tries to protect her little sister left behind in New Hope, and keeps uncovering truths about the engineered apocalypse. The previous book is a thrilling monster story with an exciting, twisting, conspiracy-driven plot. This entry continues in this style while delving deeper into far more disturbing themes, including addiction, human testing, and sexual predation. This novel is somewhat more intense than the first title, mostly due to the violence (sexual and otherwise), however none of it is gratuitous, and is well suited to the plot. The writing is clear and immediate, and the suspense is tightly crafted. It ends on a satisfying note, with room for hope, but not tied up in too neat a package.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City

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HL660L (what's this?)
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13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Chicago native Demitria Lunetta is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a faithful follower of all things YA on her blog www.demitrialunetta.blogspot.com. She 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.

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In the End 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really enjoyed the book. Didn't feel even close to an end or to the closing of a book. Hoping another book is on the way with a proper ending, or close to the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action. Great.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this seconed part i thought i wouldnt fine but now i found it im so exciteted to read it all its the best
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
ARC/YA “End of the World as We Know It: I have the first book and I saw this was part of the Vine program. I put it off for a while. Then I read the first book and about halfway through, I broke down and asked for the last ARC of part II. I am glad I did. I don’t want to give away the plot, but while it can be predictable and at times “too easy”, it is a good story. It has an ending. The first book has an ending, but leaves you with a lot of questions. The second book is like the first with thrilling moments, romance, betrayal, and twists & turns. I am an adult. While this book is YA, I did enjoy it a lot. It is an easy read with a wonderful heroine. I’ve read E.E. Knight’s Vampire Earth series and there a lot of that in these books, especially Fort Black. I like the love triangle and I wanted to yell at her, “You’re only 17. You don’t have to choose”. In the end, she chooses correctly.
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It kept me engaged and I could not put it down for anything. I was able to read books 1 and 2  back to back, which made this series even better, I believe! I cannot wait for the next installment!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really great! Exept it was 1.99 at one point because it was a nook daily find but at the time the internet wasnt working so i sadly couldnt purchise. : ( any ideas? Reply to Awsomesaucers Advice-thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited so long for this book to come out!! After reading ' In the After' I needed more! This book does not dissapoint at all, but iv you didn't read the first one don't be cheating!!!!
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
After having escaped from New Hope, Amy receives a message from Kay: Dr. Reynolds has Baby. He has discovered what she is, and is using her for his experiments, leaving her weaker and weaker. Amy's only hope of recovering Baby is Ken, Kay's brother, who is also a researcher who Amy needs to convince to want Baby for his experiments. But Ken is in Fort Black. I loved the way this book started. Lunetta really made the reader feel Amy's loneliness. If Amy and Baby seemed isolated before, it's nothing compared to what Amy is now, without Baby: she signs to no one, holding silent conversations as if Baby were still there. But all that was bearable - as long as Baby was safe. Fort Black was masterfully written. The social dynamics, the whole way it was structured, the feeling of being prey in the midst of predators. Amy is being stalked by Tank, a serial rapist and murderer, who will stop at nothing to add her to his "collection". All Amy has is Jacks. Jacks is the Warden's nephew and a tattoo artist who had been studying prison tattoos before his journey to study the art of Polynesian tattoos when The After happened and he was stuck in Fort Black. I was feeling reluctant about this aspect of the book. I thought one of the greatest strengths of In the After was its lack of cluttering romance in a world with little time - if priorities are set straight - for things of the sort. The end of In the After, with the introduction of Rice as a love interest was the only weak point of that book. I needn't have worried. Lunetta keeps Amy set on her only goal: to save Baby. Everything else... maybe it could be nice, some day, when things are better, but she doesn't have time for that now. Why is this so rare is post-apocalyptic dystopias? Off the top of my head there's The Hunger Games and there's In the After. I find it kind of insulting when I see female protagonists in the crumbling remains of civilization, trying to overthrow the new Big Brother governments, and fight whatever horrors the Apocalypse brought, giving about 90% of their attention to the dreamy boy or boys. No! Girls are smart! And in emergency situations we have our priorities straight: SURVIVE! Everything else can come later, when things are safer. So I'm taking this moment to thank Lunetta for focusing on what's important, while still giving us a dash of romance. While In the After was mostly about the oppressive feeling of isolation, In the End is about the oppressive feeling of being caged in a place where women are property. I found it to be more disturbing, but just as good, if not better. There are a lot of action scenes, this taking place in a prison where the prisoners have (mostly) free run of the place. And, of course, there's the all present urgency of saving Baby. The only reason this is getting 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because I found the ending not completely resolved. The things depicted weren't certain. It brought closure to most everything, but some things were left a bit vague. I'm not saying a HEA was needed, but regarding the cure, things needed to be at a more advanced stage to give the reader the closure needed. Still, it was an absolutely amazing book! Everything I could have hoped after having read In The After! And I hope Lunetta has some new project lined up, because I love her writing and can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for spoiling te book so that others don't get a chance to be aurprised by the possible twists and turns in the book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** In the End by Demitria Lunetta Book Two of the In the After series Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: June 24, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby. Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival. One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After. What I Liked: Another series, over! This was only a duo series, but still, look at me, finishing those series! Commitment is a wonderful thing. I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first book, but I'm glad I read this one. I almost didn't bother with an advanced copy! Amy is heading to Fort Black. Kay's brother Ken is there, and Amy is hoping that Ken will help her, because Doctor Reynolds has Baby. Reynolds is experimenting on Baby, and Amy is hoping that Ken will protect Baby from Reynolds (since Ken is also a doctor and researcher). But Fort Black isn't exactly a paradise compared to New Hope. There are three parts to this book, but really, there are too: Fort Black, and New Hope. Fort Black isn't like New Hope, but it isn't amazing, either. There really isn't a government, but there is a Warden, and his word is law. Yet, everyone must fend for themselves. There are very few women in Fort Black, so immediately, Amy is claimed by Jackson, the Warden's nephew. Jacks is a really good person, but he is tough, strong, respected. I definitely liked Jacks a lot - he always had Amy's interests in mind, despite not knowing her for very long. So Amy lives in Fort Black for a while, looking for Ken. At first, it's like chasing ghosts, because no one has seen Ken. Meanwhile, it seems like everyone is trying to kill or hurt Amy. I think the author started to go in circles, honestly, and I was not amused. But I kept reading. Amy leaves Fort Black when she finds out that Baby is doing really badly. All the blood loss (the doctors are drawing blood for research) is making her sick and lifeless. So Amy has it in her mind to take down New Hope, save Fort Black (which is in chaos) - but first, save Baby. If Baby can be saved. The plot wasn't something I really enjoyed, especially once Amy goes back to New Hope. But I liked the romance! I can't say much about it, but I'm happy with the direction that Lunetta took the romance. Even if the boy only seemed like a love interest, he was as excellent love interest, and a really great character. See below for what I did not really like! There were some things. What I Did Not Like: I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of the plot. I felt like the author kept going in circles, when Amy was at Fort Black. Looking for Ken, some tries to jump Amy. Looking for Ken, someone attacks Amy. Jacks protects Amy, Jacks defends Amy, Jacks is a perfect person. But literally, the Fort Black part of the story goes around and around and around.  And that's the majority of the book. When we get to New Hope, things happen quickly. Attempt to rescue Baby, waitwaitwait, then the climax. I wasn't really impressed with the structure of this book, nor was I impressed with the plot. It felt like Lunetta was grasping for straws, honestly. The curveball thrown in the beginning, about Baby being taken by Doctor Reynolds, seemed really forced. I definitely rolled my eyes when I read that. Could it be more cliche?! Or predictable?! Or forced?! I knew it wouldn't be long before Baby would be taken by Doctor Reynolds - and it's amazing how the author made that the whole story in this book. Also, way to throw a somewhat love triangle in this series. The series is only TWO BOOKS LONG, and yet, Lunetta includes a love triangle in this series. In my opinion, it's pretty obvious where Lunetta is going with the romance, and I'm happy with the boy that Amy chose, but still. Seriously?! One book spent with one boy, one book spent with another... no. No thank you. The "scare" factor was missing. I didn't feel like terror, the fear, the paranoia that I felt in the first book, involving the creatures. The Florae dominate the plot in the first book, but it didn't seem as important in this book as the first book. Baby was more important. Honestly, is one person more important than the survival of hundreds? Thousands? I know it seems like a difficult choice, but it's not. I think in general, this book just wasn't impressive. The first book wow-ed me, but this one was a bit of a letdown, honestly. I had some pretty high standards for this book, but it just felt forced and cliche. Meh. Would I Recommend It: If you read the first book, be sure to read this one as well! It's not AMAZING, but it's definitely worth the read, for closure. Book one left much to be discovered. But if you haven't read book one, then ehh, don't bother with this series. You could skip these two and not be missing out. Rating: 3 stars. Something wasn't there, comparing this book to the first book. What sucked me into the first book - the energy, the fear, the survival mode - wasn't quite there in this book. However, it was a pretty good sequel and conclusion novel. I'm glad I read this one, especially for closure!