Fate of Americans: Unknown.
Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive–and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket.
Then, 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.
First impression of this book: Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien.
This book really reminded me of that book, especially right in the middle where Gaia is on the run.
Second impression: OUTPOST, the sequel to Enclave by Ann Aguirre.
New Hope sounds an awful lot like Salvation, not to mention the shared zombie theme.
It sounded completely amazing.
This book is pretty good, despite the fact that it is written like THE 5TH WAVE, OUTPOST and BIRTHMARKED. There’s definitely a lot more stuff going on in the first half of the book, before Baby and Amy get to New Hope. However, I liked the way the book went as they were in New Hope and closer to the end of the story.
I got to give Lunetia credit for the world-building and characters. I thought that the way the aliens were set up and the different characters were really interesting. From the zombie aspect, this book was great simply because of the ideas it presented. I thought that the ever-growing bond between Baby and Amy was really fun to read about. I think my favorite character was Baby.
In actuality, going back to the first part and second part thing, I feel like they’re two separate books, which was a real bummer because I loved the first part so much. The second part just got weird. And the romance in this book didn’t feel real. If anything, it felt forced. I guess maybe that’s because it’s YA, but it could’ve just been left out.
This is a great action/zombie book, as well as a cool introduction to this series and to Lunetia’s writing style. Looking forward to more. 3.8 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 455
Series: In the After
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