She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thanks to HarperTeen!
Native American mythology and stories was definitely not what I had in mind when I went into AFTER THE END and I’m sorry to say that I greatly underestimated this book.
Even going in, I was skeptical. I didn’t really know what was going on and who was doing what. For me, the pacing was just a little bit slow in the beginning. Actually, the blurb was what really threw me off. This is not a traditional dystopia in the sense that it has an oppressive society and a rebellion group. No, this isn’t really a dystopia at all. However, I wouldn’t change what it is.
There were so many things that worked for me in AFTER THE END. Despite the fact that I didn’t love some of the character decisions and plot moves, the characters were what really did it for me and world building was what really did it for me. I also loved the adventure themes and the journey that the two main characters–Miles and Juneau–went through and how their relationship was steadily built. They both had great POVS and while it bothered me in the beginning that they alternated, in the end I could see exactly why it had to happen the way it did and I think that I was able to get the most out of seeing the inside of both characters with the way Plum set this story up.
Overall, AFTER THE END is very original. The romance between Miles and Juneau was not instalove in any sense and I loved the way that they were both searching for something for something in their life. In a way, it reminds me of some of the animes I’ve seen. Both characters are blind in some way, both are looking for something, and they both find it in the end. However, I loved the way that this book leaves a ton of room for things to happen but ties up enough of the ends that it wasn’t lacking. I can honestly say that I’m really looking forward to book 2! 4 stars.
pg count for the ebook: 352
Series: After the End
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