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.
When I first started reading After the End, I made the decision not to read the synopsis. So, I simple went off of the cover and one rave review that I read on Twitter. By looking at the cover, I really thought that this was going to be a big dystopian book. I was thrilled to see the dogs. I just knew that that was going to bring up some hardcore emotions and some beautiful scenes. I was emotionally prepared for what was going to go down in this book. I thought that it was going to be absolutely epic. Unfortunately, this book was nothing like I expected it to be, and I ended up not liking it very much at all.
My number one complaint and question is WHY are the dogs on the cover? I’m going to give you a bit of a spoiler here. The dogs are only in the book for maybe 30 pages. They NEVER make another appearance again! So why put them on the cover?! They’re obviously not a part of the story. So….why do it? This might not be something that’s going to bother other people, but it bothered me. I was really upset that they are on the cover when they don’t play a key role in the book.
My second complaint was that the storyline and concept of After the End was very unoriginal. I was consistently saying that there was nothing new about this book and that it felt like I had read it 100 times before. WHERE is the originality? I was really unimpressed with how lacking the story actually was. If some things had been tweaked around a little bit, then maybe, just maybe, this book would have been off the charts amazing. What it ended up being was a bummer book that I’ll most likely forget by the end of 2014.
As for the characters, I didn’t dislike anyone, but I didn’t overly love anyone either. I was very on the fence with the two main characters, Juneau and Miles. I didn’t feel that they had a lot of chemistry and they just weren’t very memorable characters. Let’s just say that I will be very surprised if Miles makes it on to any top ten boyfriends of 2014 lists. There weren’t any mushy or OMG moments. It was just pretty plain Jane. I was kind of bored.
Oh…and another thing that REALLY bothered me was how drawn out this book was. They literally spent about 290 pages in the car or in the woods. There were no big scenes that really popped out at me during this one. It was all about Juneau and Miles and their road trip. Toward the end, I started skimming a bit because I just couldn’t understand why things weren’t progressing.
One thing that might make After the End a little interesting is the whole concept of the Yara and the magical connection thingy that Juneau seemed to have going on. Yara is kind of like our God in a way. It’s who Juneau and her clan honor and connect with. And the Yara somehow gives them power? Something like that. Personally, I found it a little hard to follow. I also thought that if there was going to be some magical voodoo stuff going on that there should be more to it. More of something that really makes the book pop and flow. That just didn’t happen. Again, it was pretty boring and weird.
I’m not overly surprised that I didn’t care for this book. I’ve tried to read the Revenants series by Amy Plum before, but I didn’t much care for it and haven’t even finished the second book. This is definitely different that her previous works, but it’s just not that amazing. I guess it’s a book one can finish, but it’s not a book that I would ever recommend someone go out and buy or even a book that I would recommend that someone read. Why read to be bored? Because that’s what I was. Maybe the series will pick up in the future, but it’s not something that I will be continuing.
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: [rating: 2]