Here is the summary of the book:
"I have no idea what is truth and what is fiction. I'm all I've got now. I can't trust anyone."
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.
A Powerful start and a flat finish.I expected a bit much from After the End, after a success like that of the Revenant series. I am not saying the story is bad, but it was Ok with its own share of the good and bad. A great dystopia concept with two unreal and weak characters.
Juneau's situation was believable. All of her life she had believed the lie that WWIII destroyed the world and her tribe are the last known survivors. So I can understand the confusion, her naivety, the feeling of betrayal and her loss of faith that courses through her mind. But still persists in finding her tribe.
And then there was Miles. The ignorant rich boy. He was a very shallow character and rather dumb at times. It was actually fun to see Juneau, who had lived her entire life in seclusion believing the world ended interacting with Miles, in all his city rich attitude. Make no mistake together they were interesting but apart they felt flat.
They didn't really like each other at first to fulfill their own selfish needs and then just like that they kissed. This was no insta-love but their didn't look to be any apparent build-up either. Then there was the other unbelievable part of her driving a car just like that, out of the blue. I get that she is super smart and psychic but driving a car is not something you can learn by watching someone do it and picking it up like a pro in a short amount of time.
I like the concept of the Yara though. Of course the concept is not actually original, drawing similarities to the consciousness of all things in the world, be it living or non living has been done before but yes that was the only part of this book I actually liked. Aside from the fact that this portion felt like an info-dump.
The only redeemable factor was the pure use of dystopia by Amy Plum. Also the abrupt ending leaves a lot of questions to be answered. So I am sure you can understand why I gave it a 3 star. I am not too psyched about the sequel but I will check it out and see how it goes.
"A lite-dystopia from Amy Plum"