23 June, 2014

book review

In the End (In the After #2) by Demitria Lunetta

My Copy: ARC ePub, 258 pages
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Dystopian | Paranormal | Young Adult

The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.

One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.

**A big thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for providing me with this eARC!**
I was in no way compensated for this review. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

What you’re in for: A different take on zombies that were mistaken for aliens in the first book.  A kick-ass heroin who is compassionate, brave, and strong.  Two dystopian societies that may or may not be connected.  Lots of action and craziness.  Light romance.  A love triangle – but barely.  Good guys and bad guys.  A sisterly bond.  Diversity.  A captivating storyline.

The romance: There really isn’t much focus on romance in this book or the first.  There is a bit of a love triangle, though it’s just mainly two guys from two different places that Amy meets and has feelings for.  In the first book, she is in New Hope, so she likes Rice.  In this book, she moves on to a new place and starts to like Jacks.  I, personally preferred Jacks – I thought the relationship was more believable and just liked him better as a person.  Rice was too…I don’t know…connected to the corruptness or something.  He lied to her in In the After and he just never really gained my trust.  Jacks, however, had my trust from the beginning.  The romance in this book is extremely light.  I don’t think you’ll be getting any feels or swooning from it.

The Ending: Felt a bit rushed toward the end and all of a sudden there were only 20 pages left and I truly didn’t know how they were going to wrap it all up!  The very end seemed abrupt to me.  I wish there would have at least been an Epilogue or something.

Should you read it?  I think so.  Especially if you liked the first one – I would say In the End is on par with In the After.  Both books captivated me with the story.  Amy is a very relatable and likeable character.  She is a great heroin/narrator.  I enjoyed my journey through Amy’s struggles and accomplishments.

4 stars blue

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