Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Calling all YA dystopia lovers, this one is for you! (Well, maybe.)

” I have no idea what is truth and what is fiction. I’m all I’ve got now. I can’t trust anyone.”

Juneau and her clan live in the Alaskan Wilderness. They are the lone survivors of World War 3, essentially the apocalypse. The whole world is destroyed, and all they have is each other. The war was thirty years ago, and they have still survived by hunting whatever is left and staying in their camp. At least, that is what she was taught. But one day Juneau returns from hunting and discovers her whole clan was abducted in a helicopter. Not only is she terrified for her kidnapped clan, she’s confused. We aren’t alone? There are helicopters?

Guess what. There was no world war 3. Lies!

This is where the book gets interesting. Essentially, its a reverse dystopia because its post apocalyptic but there was no apocalypse. While it is not original to write a post-apocalyptic-we-need-to-survive book., its original to write it the other way around. It becomes a story of Juneau’s (failed) attempt to assimilate into modern society after all she’s been taught, run from her clan’s captors, figure out why they want her, and find out why her own people would raise her to think such lies. *takes a deep breath*

The concept was great and the ending was great. It’s also got an epic front cover. But wait for it…

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(Image is a screenshot from Goodreads; I don’t own the image!)

But, I think the concept could’ve been executed better.

For me, the beginning was a bit slow and it took a while for things to really happen. The book is written in dual perspective, and I understand you have to set things up but if it had taken any longer I may have forgotten about the book.

I also found one or two mistakes. There is a scene where Juneau takes off in a car and drives it. I get that she’s been watching someone drive her around for a couple days but um, she’s never even seen cars before. She gets in one, and suddenly she can drive it without killing herself? I don’t think dog sledding compares to driving, Juneau.

But Juneau is pretty kick-ass. She’s not your stereotypical female character. She’s tough and hunts and knows what she wants. You don’t mess with Juneau. I love reading about characters like that.

On to the rating.
Finishing the book: 1.5/2
Originality: 1.5/2
Entertainment: 2/2
Writing quality: 1.5/2
Characters: 2/2
Total: 8.5 stars

Have you read it? What do you think? Leave your thoughts about the book, whether you’ve read it or not, below!

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