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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Village-Slash-Hannah-Slash-Toy Story, or After the End by Amy Plum

Reviewed by Andye

AFTER THE END
After the End #1
by Amy Plum
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
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Michael Grant's Gone series meets M. Night Shyamalan's The Village in this riveting story of one girl's journey to save the very people who have lied to her for her entire life. Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series, delivers a fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Robison Wells.

Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she'd ever been taught was a lie.

As Juneau comes to terms with an unfathomable deception, she is forced to survive in a completely foreign world, using only the skills and abilities she developed in the wild. But while she's struggling to rescue her friends and family, someone else is after her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about her secret past.
At a Glance:

After the End was a unique and exciting mix between The Village and Hannah, with a little Sci-Fi twist thrown in.  I absolutely loved the idea behind this book: an apocalypse that never was?  Yes, please!   Though the romance element wasn't my favorite, the story more than made up for it, and I think it shows incredible promise for the next book in the series.

The Village-slash-Hannah-slash-Toy Story

Yeah, it was definitely the idea of this story that sold me on reading it.  I mean, I've read tons of post-apocalyptic books, tons of dystopians, but never a book where someone thought the end of the world had happened when it really didn't.  This was just so freaking awesome!  Juneau's "tribe" was completely secluded, making her believe that they were the only ones left on the planet and couldn't venture out into the world or they'd be killed.  Kind-of like The Village (love) . . . only in Alaska.



Juneau had reverted back to a tribal existence, living in the wild in Alaska.  She was a total BA, who knew how to fight, live in the wild, and hunt her own food.  It reminded me so much of Hannah (also love).



Strangely enough, reading Juneau's voyage into the real world made me think of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, when he believed he was a real Space Ranger.

She didn't want to cross the boundary because she thought the air was full of radiation





When she finally left her home and saw that there were people just out walking around, like nothing happened, she didn't know what to think.






Every time Juneau saw a new person she kind-of freaked out.




When she met Miles she basically swarmed him . . .




. . . and then had to protect him from "the wild."




Meanwhile, Miles is just looking at her like she's a maniac!



The relationship between Juneau and Miles is very slow to develop.  At first, they basically just tolerate each other to get what they need.  Juneau needs Miles to help her find her tribe, and he needs her to try to get back on his dad's good side.

Miles was a total spoiled rich kid, who was basically useless when it came to survival off the grid, and Juneau was so completely socially awkward that it was almost painful to read.  But eventually they started to grow on each other, and actually began to fall for each other.  I was a little worried that if Miles tried to kiss Juneau, she might go a little crazy . . .



 I can't say that I ever really connected with Miles, he was just a little too incompetent.  I'm hoping that he grows a little more in the next book, because I really need a swoony guy to make the romance complete.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  The mix of Juneau's world and viewpoint with Miles's world and viewpoint was just something that had such an interesting feel.  A mix of past, present, and future.  I'm excited to see where this series goes next.  Especially considering the way this book ended!



I hope you like it as much as I did!

andye


Content:
  • Profanity: Moderate (a few heavy words)
  • Sexual Content: Mild (kissing)
  • Violence: Moderate
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29 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds great! Fantastic concept. I loved Amy Plum's Die For Me series. I'll definitely read this one too!

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  2. Hannah! Argh, I love that movie so much. Now I really want to read this book!

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  3. This sounds AWESOME. I loved 'The Village' (just watched it again a couple nights ago and was reminded of my affinity for it) and 'Hanna,' so this sounds perfect for me! :)

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  4. This book is definitely on my wishlist, I read a lot of dystopian and agree that this one sounds different than the norm

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  5. LOVE THIS REVIEW!!
    Great comparison to Buzz Lightyear!!!

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  6. It' sounds so intriguing, it piqued my attention right away. And everybody says such good things about it I just need to read it, like, right now! :D

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  7. I got an ARC a while back and LOVED it!

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  8. I loved this book too and OMG with the Buzz Gif's :)

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  9. I love the Toy Story gifs!!! It makes me want to watch the movies all over again :D

    Great review! :D

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  10. LOVE The Village! It is a cool new twist on dystopian and how this isn't a dystopian at all :)

    This is a wonderful review the way you've done it :)

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  11. Okay. So. Now I'm dying to read this! Strange? ;)

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  12. Love the Toy Story GIFs. Now I'll have to go check this out.

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  13. I just LOVE Amy's books! So glad you liked it, this means great things!
    I haven't read many apocalyptic/dystopian books so it'll be interesting to read one, specially where it never really happened! seriously cannot wait to read this!

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  14. hahahaha... I loved the review!!! The gifs totally made me want to read this!!!

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  15. I am curious about this book. It has very very interesting story and I really enjoyed your review!

    Raffle name: Demitra Giote

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  16. A fantastic review!! It was very interesting. I will put this on my TBR list!!!

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  17. Awesome review makes me want to get it more I've been dying to get this book for a wile now it looks and sounds Fantastic!

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  18. LOL. Hilarious. It makes me want to read it even more!

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  19. FUN review thank you. We obviously watch - and read - the same kind of things.

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  20. I know that so many people made fun of The Village, but it is sooo good! Don't know about Hannah, but I know Toy Story and love Toy Story, so two out of three ain't bad! I cannot wait to read this book. I adore Amy Plum and the synopsis of this story is BA! Can't wait, can't wait! Your review was awesome; perfect amount of GIF's! Yeah, so, can't wait! Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Now, I gotta go work on getting my hands on this book!

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  21. I love the concept of this book! never read both of the books that they compared with it, but I'm willing to try this one. :)

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  22. Awesome review!!! Loved the GIFs and now I really want to get my hands on this book!!!

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  23. Hahaha I love gifs, you made the review even more great!! I look forward reading it!!

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  24. I just wanted to say I love your review here! It was fun to read and I love the points you made. I've been dying to read this one

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    1. Aww thanks Jenni! It was fun to write :D

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  25. I have been really wanting to read this book!! :)

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  26. Really want to read this, cover is gorgeous and it just sounds wonderful!

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  27. Thanks for all the great comments! This review was really fun to put together! :D

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