Annike: Hey guys, it’s Annike here today with a book review on a book you may not have heard of, called “In the After” and it’s sequel “In the End” by Demitria Lunetta. I certainly had never heard of it before I picked it up, but I ended up devouring both books and really loving them.
In the After: Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by vile creatures who rapidly devour mankind. Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. 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, 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.
In the End: It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope. And she’s been surviving on her own. Then, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece and tells her: “Dr. Reynolds has Baby”. Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger. In order to save Baby, Amy will have to make her way to Fort Black, a former prison-turned-survivor colony and she will need to find Ken—Kay’s brother in order to help Baby. Before she can do any of this, she’ll have to endure the darkest places—and people—of the prison.
Annike: So starting off with’ In the After’, I was pleasantly surprised that I was intrigued since the first page. I really began by liking the character of Amy who is the MC in this book. I loved meeting Baby and it was even better reading about the relationship between Baby and Amy. I loved how we got both pre and post apocalypse info as well.
When Amy and Baby eventually did make it to the safety of New Hope, I felt like it was quite strange how Demitria Lunetta decided to include a short chapter every second chapter that was set 4 months ahead, but in a way I thought it was a clever way to introduce some more plot lines and it keep it from being too boring.
In the End, was very different to the first book because Amy developed a lot in character. Amy had ultimately escaped from New Hope, headed for a place called Fort Black, but I didn’t like so much how she made more rash decisions and has lost all of her quiet character from book 1. Because this was an ex-prison, there were some creepy people in there, one of which included Tank, who I absolutely hated from his first introduction, but that was his purpose. Amy was defiant and strong and it was good to see such an empowering character, but I felt like maybe she could have toned it down at some points.
In “In The End” I LOVED the character of Jacks :). He was so nice to Amy, and although Amy seemed to push herself away a little too much I liked him so much more than Rice (The boy Amy liked at New Hope.) One thing that you don’t see much of in many YA or Sci-fi books is the absence of romance. Both the books, although they did have small scenes, were very focused on the plot rather than relationships. It was nice to see more of a connection between Baby and Amy than Amy and Jacks or Rice.
Lastly, I thought that both books were really powerful and amazing. In the End had an amazing storyline but most unfortunately, it was wrapped up really really badly in my opinion. I was just so disappointed, because I was hoping for some kind of rebuild of humanity or finding of a cure, but it was wrapped up super quickly, and almost nothing was resolved. We didn’t know if a cure had been found, we didn’t know if the people from Fort Black were going to relocate to New Hope, if Baby would really remember who Amy was, or if they would get the world back. I was just super disappointed because there was so much promise, and I was looking forward to an awesome wrap up to such a well set out story. And this was definitely not delivered.
Anyways, I think I would give both books 3.5 or 4/5 stars, even after the poor ending. I really recommend this book to anyone out there. I don’t usually read alien type books but they was quit good reads and I did like them a lot.
If you have read them, please leave a comment down below on what you thought.