After the End by Amy Plum | Book Review

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After the End by Amy Plum | Book ReviewAfter the End by Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: the Publisher

What I thought NEW

While I was incredibly excited to read After the End I’m sad to tell you that it wasn’t entirely my cup of tea. The story had an incredible exciting premise, with some unique twists along the way, but sadly, it didn’t really live up to my expectations.

I was compelled at first! I loved the beginning of the book. You read all about how Juneau and her clan live as ‘survivors’ after WWIII. I enjoyed learning about the life they’d built for themselves and the ‘survivor lifestyle’  was really compelling and intriguing. Even though it only lasted a few pages. The added magical aspect, the Yara and how Juneau uses it to her advantage to escape, was quite fascinating as well.

While the rest of the book was okay and enjoyable, there were quite some things that bugged me. For starters: It just doesn’t seem plausible for a girl raised to believe that World War III left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation adapted so fast to modern day life. I don’t like to say that it’s unrealistic, because it’s called fiction for a reason and anything is possible in books, but her entire life she has believed that they were a ‘small’ group of survivors to escape ‘WWIII’ and somehow she adapts surprisingly fast to the use of electronics and driving a car. In my opinion that’s just not realistic…

I wasn’t too fond of the romance either. While Juneau is strong (no doubt about that, she does everything within her power in order to save her people) she fell for Miles’s really fast. Even though he acted like a spoiled rich kid every step of the way. I’ll give him some credit, because he did change later on and became way more likable, but still. Juneau tells herself plenty of times that she doesn’t have the time for a teenage boy, but she falls for him anyway. It was a bit frustrating. Both Juneau and Miles are okay characters though. I didn’t really connect with them, but they were pretty fun to read about after all.

Like I said before, this book was really an ‘okay’ read. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. I’m sad there wasn’t more focus on the magical aspect of the story, it felt like that part didn’t really get to shine in the book. The story was a bit slow and sometimes predictable, if it wasn’t for that ending I don’t think I would want to read the sequel. As it is… the ending was absolutely killer, and now I need to know what happens, so I probably will anyway.

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  1. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex
    28/07/2014 / 18:22

    I was worried it would end up being an okay read. The romance doesn’t seem all that strong, and the part I was most looking forward to, the culture shock, seems to be weak as well. Thanks for the review. I was considering this one, but I’m not looking for okay reads these days.

    • Iris
      01/08/2014 / 09:58

      I’m pretty sad it didn’t live up to my expectations, because the story seemed so promising…

  2. 29/07/2014 / 04:23

    I’ve read a lot of reviews of this one where most people said it was “meh”, sooo I’m probably not going to read it in a rush. Pity, though, cause I looooove me some apocalyptic action. x) But driving a car is darn hard. It’s ridiculous that someone would just automatically know how to do it. It took me like a year just to drive properly and my parents were still freaked of me with car keys. (Okay! Okay! I’m probably a minority there. XD)

    • Iris
      01/08/2014 / 10:01

      Driving a car is EXTREMELY hard! It took me about a year as well, I have my drivers licence now (for almost a year now) but no way that I would’ve been able to drive away in a car (for the first time!) by just watching somebody else drive… No way, not possible!
      haha, my parents use me to drive them around… especially when I just got my licence, it’s so annoying (although it’s better now because my sister has her licence as well lol)

  3. I completely agree Iris. :) This wasn’t something that I’d go out and recommend to people or endlessly promote, but it was entertaining. I too was quite annoyed about the convinces in the plot (because apparently the Yara can solve everything, right? :| ). Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    • Iris
      01/08/2014 / 10:02

      I know! While entertaining, I was pretty annoyed with the story as well :s

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