In the After

In the After

by Demitria Lunetta


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ISBN-13: 9780062105462
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: In the After Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 103,197
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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 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 After 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed In The After! Read it !!!!
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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*
Anonymous 11 months ago
I was disappointed at the end to discover,it was just another zombie story.
JLAustin More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and really liked it, so when I finally got my hands on the sequel I decided to read them both again. I liked it even more the second time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could've put it down. So glad there is a follow up book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But went for it and loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down loved every second of it. If you love the Hunger Games or the Marie Lu's Legend series then you will love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soooooooooooo good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read and re-read these 2 books! Love the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not entirely dystopian but pretty close. Its a good story of struggle and survival after a disaster. The characters are lovable (and very hateable too). Amy and especially Baby grew on me quickly. It was a page turner up to the very end, very hard to put down. Its a story thatll stay with me for a while. I probably wont read the next book, I liked where this one left off. Its rare to feel satisfied after one book but sometimes you just dont want to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing for anybody who loves distopian books this is definitly for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot. Terrible character in none. Access to everything needed to live well in a post apocolyptic world MUCH toosimply explained away. Storyline bunny hops in an almost serial fashion. Have not yet brought myself to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good read. I teach 7th grade and read a lot of YA books looking for great writing and high interest. I will be putting this on my classroom shelves!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing , fast read. Held my attention from beginning to end. Exactly the intriguing gripping novel ive been looking for
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I'm loving these apocalypse type stories and reading them with a vengeance lately.  In The After was no exception.  I absolutely loved this book!  There were so many things about it that made this story unique and different from others of its kind.  And there were a few twists and turns in it that I definitely wasn't expecting.  This story was so unique. One of the things I thought was really interesting was that a good chunk of the story, at least in the beginning, took place with the main character, Amy, being alone.  I loved how resourceful and brave this girl was.  This is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life, and in one unexpected moment, she has to turn into a survivor.  She becomes so strong, brave enough to go forage for food in the dark knowing that monsters are all around her.  She's smart and adaptable, and I loved her immediately.  When she does meet another survivor, a small girl, I loved how protective she was of Baby.  She turned into a little mother, caring for the girl, protecting and teaching her.  Their relationship was so sweet.  There was just so much to admire about this character.  When they finally end up around other people, I was amazed at her bravery yet again, as she learned to be a fighter. The only part of the story that wasn't really as important to me as the rest was the romance.  Rice was, to me, forgettable.  There wasn't really anything that distinguished him or made me love him.  He was likeable, don't get me wrong, but I never really felt like I knew him at all, or that his presence was necessary to the story.  The strength of this story lay in the story itself, and with the main character, Amy. She carried the entire thing, and the story was great for it. When we reach the end of this story, there was a really big shocker that I had begun to suspect, but it was still shocking when it happened.  This made the story even more unique from others like it.  I loved it. The writing was suspenseful, and I was totally engrossed.  I will definitely be looking out for the sequel to this series. 
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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!
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an amazing twist this book entails. I thought it would read like a zombie post-Apocalypse, but man was I not even remotely close. Aliens. Amy is on her own after Them have invaded. She rescues Baby who mainly signs for most of the story, and together they try and stay alive. Then they come across Amber, who Amy thinks is loud and obnoxious, but Baby likes her so they keep her, in a sense. This entire story is just a revolving struggle for survival with strong character profiling and a phenomenal knack for world building. It is filled with nonstop suspense and a fast paced plot that is surprisingly not boring. The author put a unique twist on this story by having the aliens have no time restrictions, such as vampires or werewolves would have. “All of Them are monsters, but not all monsters are Them.” If you like dystopian post-apocalyptic stories, then you will probably really enjoy this book and won’t want to put it down. Lunetta leaves this story open at the end, enabling Amy’s morbid adventure to continue into another book. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*                             *Reviewed  for the San Francisco Book Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.