Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen, 352 pages
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
I loved this book and here's why:
1. Juneau is such a strong character. She knows how to hunt, make a fire, fight, etc. She also never loses sight of her mission and even though she's overwhelmed with the modern-day world, she figures things out and adapts.
2. I also liked Miles, although at first he's a jerk. He's soft, spoiled, and used to getting what he wants. I actually loved the contrast between Miles and Juneau because it was so different. He practically throws up when Juneau hunts and kills a rabbit and skins it right in front of him (he calls her a bunny murderer). Such a refreshing change to have the guy be helpless in the wilderness, you definitely don't see that often. I enjoyed them both being suspicious of each other, but needing each other at the same time. Juneau knows she can't trust him, and at first she thinks he's an idiot, and Miles basically thinks she's crazy. But that changes and I loved the evolution of their relationship.
3. The plot. Having this group of people living in isolation and keeping all of these secrets and Juneau gradually putting together the pieces of why. Fascinating. There's a road trip, survival in the wilderness, bickering, and different groups chasing them.
Yes, it ends abruptly with a cliffhanger, but other than that I have no complaints. I can't wait until the next one. Enjoyed this one immensely!
Posted by: Pam