In The After by Demitria Lunetta


Book: In The After by Demitria Lunetta

Series: In The After #1
Pages: 455
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: June 25th, 2013
Source: Library
Start Date: November 23rd, 2013
End Date: November 25th, 2013
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They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

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.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

 

In the After is a post-apocalyptic book about a teenager girl named Amy. After an alien invasion, the world is left devastated and there very few survivors left. Amy is left in the security of her home, and then she discovers a young toddler, whom Amy names Baby. Together, the two of them survive in what Amy calls “The After.” When the security of their home is threatened, they are forced to leave and are picked up by a ship and escorted to a strange place that Amy thought could never exist. Amy and Baby are forced to struggle with the many challenges that are presented in this new place.

When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that the book was about aliens, and it was about a young girl and a toddler surviving the world together. Other than that, I had no idea. But regardless, I decided to dive into it. I have to say, this was a very quick read for me. I never found myself bored with the story, even though I had my predictions. I was wrong on about half of them. But I’m okay with that, because it makes the story more interesting and proves that it isn’t so predictable. However, this book reminded me a little bit of The Fifth Wave. Okay okay, I know that I read the first couple of pages and then decided to put it down, so I don’t have much of an argument there. But I was reminded of the sole survivor and the alien invasion. That has to be substantial enough, right? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

So from what I gather in the author’s bio, Lunetta studied biology in college. I think this helped her story gain a lot of depth. I’m so used to dystopian stories in which characters are presented with scientific explanations, but they are more simplistic. I always find myself wishing that the stories would dig deeper into the science more so that I can get a better understanding of whats really going on. However, I think I might be a little bias in this thinking. While I didn’t graduate with a degree in science, I did do some studying of biology and anthropology, and I thought I did fairly well in those classes. Needless to say, I’ve always liked science. So, reading this book was enjoyable for me. The science was the most important factor in this book, especially in the way that it affected society.

This leads me to my next point. While I’m always a sucker for a good love story within these dystopian novels, it was kind of refreshing to not have the love story be the main focus. Don’t get me wrong, it was there, but I think that it will be developed in the following novels. I think books sometimes have a knack for jumping into romances right away, and they come off as these whirlwind relationships in which the characters are bound for life. Its romantic, takes your breath away, etc, but lets be honest, thats not always going to be the case. I like that Amy’s love interest, Rice, has decided to take it slow. It may be the fact that Amy has so much going on right now, you know with dealing with aliens and a small child, but I think she knows that a romance is not of the most utmost importance here. This makes Amy strong, independent, and a fighter. She reminds me of Katniss in The Hunger Games. So many people get caught up in the love triangles, and we start to see the formation of things like “Team Jacob” or “Team Gale”, when in all reality, the love triangle is the side story, and there are larger things to focus on. Okay, maybe Team Jacob was a terrible example considering the fact that the relationship in Twilight is the main focus. But like Katniss, Amy knows that finding out the truth and bringing it to the attention of the people is the most important thing here.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who need a break from the overwhelming romances that are included with a lot of the novels that are available out there. For those who want to enjoy the science, the logic, and the tension that is created when logic meets emotion.

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