Thursday, June 11, 2015

After the End by Amy Plum [Joint Review]

2.5 out of 5 Robots!

After the End By Amy Plum
Genre: Young Adult SciFi
Release: May 6, 2014
Hardcover:  352 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:

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.
  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. What were your initial feelings about After the End
Shannon: Sadly, this book didn't leave much of an impression on me.  I wasn't expecting the twist at the beginning, but the rest of what follows wasn't too interesting.  It wasn't bad by any means.  Just unmemorable.
Julia: When I began reading After the End, I thought, hey, this could be good. I'm intrigued... and then it kept going. In a car. With no chemistry or really any interesting secondary characters. I forgot all the characters and the story as soon as I shut off my kindle. Apathetic is probably the best word for it.

2. Does the title suit the book? 
Shannon: Actually, now that you mention it, it doesn't really.  After the End implies something apocalyptic, but that's not really the case here.  This book is more like...a beginning...or an awakening or understanding.
Julia: No. Not at all. Maybe this should be the title of the conclusion to the series... just nothing about this book seems to justify the title.  This is Juneau's new beginning, yet her old life isn't exactly coming to an end...

3. Let's talk about Juneau and Miles.... Chemistry? 
Shannon:  I think there is potential, but I didn't really feel it.  I never got a good feel for Miles, even though we got his perspective.  They SAID they liked each other, but I never really SAW a lot of evidence as to why they would.
Julia: Ya know how they say actions are louder than words? Yeah, that. They're all lovey on each other, but you'd never know they even liked each other as friends without them saying so. I wasn't feel their connection at all, I'm disappointed about it. I think if they'd had more chemistry, I would have cared more for the story.

4. Were there any other notable characters in After the End
Shannon:  Not really.  Everyone else is pretty two dimensional.  Oh!  I do like the raven though.
Julia: Juneau's village could have had some interesting characters, but we only spend about five minutes with them. So, I guess not. 

5. How'd you take the ending? 
Shannon:  It was fine?  I don't know.  I honestly don't have much of an opinion about it.
Julia: It is a little... well, I rolled my eyes. I felt like it was a cheap way to get me into reading  the sequel, which I won't be doing anyway.

6. What would you rate it? Why?
Shannon: 3 out of 5.  It was written well enough, and I didn't mind it while I was reading it.  But nothing really happens and there is a lot of exposition.  The plot was a little too murky for my taste and the characters needed to be fleshed out.  And just wasn't memorable.

Julia: 2 out 5. It isn't terribly written, there just wasn't enough action or character development. I don't think I would recommend this, but it wasn't a total waste of time.

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