Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In the After
Author:  Demitria Lunetta
Publisher:  Harper Teen, 400 pages
Publication Date:  June 25, 2013

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.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

The book starts off similar to the 5th Wave.  A teenage girl surviving on her own after an alien invasion.  But there the similarity ends.  Amy comes across a toddler in a grocery store while she is picking up supplies.  Although Amy is hesitant to take care of Baby (the aliens are more like zombies and while they don't have good eyesight, they have excellent hearing and Amy is concerned that Baby will not be quiet) she brings her home.  They quickly bond and Amy finds out that Baby is very quiet and they form their own sign language so that they don't have to speak.  I did note that, although they didn't even whisper to each other for fear they would be heard, Amy did run on a treadmill to keep in shape.  Treadmills are loud!  Oh well.

Then they are "rescued" and brought to New Hope and for the rest of the novel I was absolutely riveted, feeling tense and whipping through the book as fast as I could to find out what happens to Amy and Baby.  The author starts off this second part in such a way that you know New Hope is not a good place, and then it flashes back to when they first arrive.  Then it goes back and forth from the present to the past.  What a great way to structure the book.  It made it really intense and I devoured it.  

Amy is strong, smart, and so capable.  There is romance, but it is a small part of the book.  Instead, the focus turns to this new world that has been created and it was interesting to read about building a new society from the ground up and what choices were made and what freedoms were given up to be safe.  Definitely something to think about.

Loved this book!

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