Book: In The End by Demitria Lunetta
Date Published: June 24th, 2014
Date Started: August 19th, 2014
Date Finished: August 22nd, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: In The After
She thought it was the end of the world… But it was only the beginning of the end.
It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope. Since she’s seen Baby, or Kay, or Rice. And she’s been surviving on her own, like she did before she was “rescued” and taken to what she thought was a safe haven. Then, in the midst of foraging for supplies, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Any had hoped she would never hear:
Dr. Reynolds has Baby.
Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy will have to make her way to Fort Black, a former prison-turned-survivor colony. There she will need to find Ken—Kay’s brother—for he holds the key to Baby’s survival.
But before she can do any of this, she’ll have to endure the darkest places—and people—of the prison. And one small slip-up could not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the survival of he people in the After.
Demitria Lunetta has created an utterly compelling conclusion to the story she set forth in In the After. Readers of the Hunger Games trilogy will not be able to pit down this book, which is gripping from beginning to end.
*There are spoilers for In The After in this review, because its, well unavoidable. If you haven’t read that book yet or checked out my review of it, I urge you to do that first. Otherwise, keep reading on!
I was a big fan of In The After. I loved that this post apocalyptic novel was so heavily involved in science, which I believe is really important when it comes to dealing with disease outbreaks. I was naturally excited about In The End because I wanted answers to everything. And the book didn’t disappoint.
This book takes place a few weeks after the events of In The After. Amy has escaped from New Hope and had to leave Baby, the child she rescued years ago behind, her mother, whom she was just reunited with, and Rice, the boy that Amy is unsure of her feelings for. So when Amy gets word that Baby is in trouble, she has to make it to the other fort, Fort Black in order to find a man who can help her rescue baby. But For Black isn’t like New Hope. Its a prison that is dark and full of questionable people. Amy needs to survive to find Baby, but that might not be so easy.
So in my review of In The After, I stated that I was happy that the love story wasn’t the main aspect of this story. That remained true of In The End, but then this love triangle was formed that kind of became awkward for everyone, reader included. I wish feelings about this love triangle were explored more, because I would have been more interested in those relationships. They didn’t feel forced, but kind of more lacking. However, I did like the way that Lunetta treated the male characters. I’m so used to male characters in dystopian books being strong, tough, and hard headed which becomes frustrating when I read it because I want to shake some sense into them. No, these love interests were more skittish. They were afraid. Which I think is a bit more realistic, because no matter how tough you are, you still have fears. And because they were a bit more skittish, it made Amy look a lot stronger. She could take charge, she could defend herself, and she didn’t need to be rescued by a man, even though they kept insisting on it.
Another aspect that I liked about this book was that it established that family and home are where you make it. Amy’s relationship with her mother is strained, and Amy has her priorities when it comes to saving people. Which is the way that humans work.
As for the ending, the science really came into play, and I loved that. However, the ending felt rushed and ended abruptly. There were some issues that I felt were unresolved, but I’m okay with that because I don’t think books always need to end with everything tied up with a nice little bow on top. I’m okay with using my imagination to create my own ending, and makes me feel a little more involved in the story. But I could have done with a little more closure in this book, even if it was assumed what would happen.
Overall, this was a nice finale to In The After. It was action packed, and was a fast read. If you love dystopians involved with disease outbreaks and post apocalyptic societies trying to survive, this would be the book for you. I look forward to reading anything that Demitria Lunetta puts out in the future.