In the After

Title: In the After
Author: Demetria Lunetta
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Pages: 455
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5

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.

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Reasons why you should read In the After

1. Amy – I think Tris from Divergent and Amy are my favorite dystopian heroines of the summer. Amy starts out as kind of a pitiful character; she’s all alone, she doesn’t know what’s going on or how to survive, and she’s totally not street savvy at the beginning of the book. However, she turns out to be a pretty fast learner and does something selfless when she takes Baby under her wing, even though at first she thinks Baby might be a threat to her survival. My favorite thing about Amy though, is her love of literature. You can tell from her voice that she’s smart, and I loved when she would talk about books and how important they were to her. My heart just broke for her when she discovered that in New Hope she’d be forced into science, and I think Lunetta captured that loss really well. Amy is tough and does what she has to to survive, even if it means going behind her mother’s back and becoming a Guardian. This is a badass, smart heroine that definitely stole my heart.

2. Baby – Baby is a mystery throughout most of the book. Lunetta lets you know right away there’s something different and not quite right about her, and that tension keeps building up as Amy learns more and more about New Hope and the Floraes.

3. Creepy experiments – I am a sucker for creepy experiments in books. Though Amy may have been confused when she first discovered her mother and Rice were doing experiments on the aliens, I was really excited. Besides enjoying books about inhumane experimentation in general, I also got more reasons to dislike Amy’s mother, the Director. I didn’t like her from the beginning because she was hardly ever home because of her job, and because even though she had a governmental position, she didn’t try to find Amy at all when They came, and just assumed she was dead.

4. The nonlinear format – Okay, the first section of the book is told in a linear way, but the second part goes back and forth between the future and the present, which made me crazy in the best way. I was happy that Lunetta wound the story together so well at the end, because I don’t know if I could’ve spent much more time in the Ward.

5. It’s a duo – That’s right. Not a trilogy: a DUO. I have a serious love/hate relationship with trilogies, and though I admittedly read this book believing the series was a trilogy, I was extremely happy to find out there will only be two books. Two is a nice, manageable number that’s not excessive or cliche. More duos, please?

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