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.
You know when you see a book cover and you just know that you have to read it? And not only that, but when everyone is talking about how good it is. Everyone is saying “This book is the next big thing! You have GOT to read it! You’ll LOVE it!” And then, of course, you end up not liking it? I’m sure we’ve all had that feeling. Well, that was what happened to me with In The After by Demitria Lunetta.
I received an arc of In the After from Harper Teen, and I was so so so so SO excited to read it. The girls over at Epic Reads kept talking about how much they loved this book, and I just had to read it. The cover is gorgeous. The synopsis is great! Everything pointed to the fact that I should have loved this book. But from the very first chapter, I couldn’t get into it. The story is about a girl named Amy who is a survivor of an alien invasion. She believes both her mother and father to be dead. She’s living in her house with a little girl she calls Baby, who she found on one of her raids to the grocery store. Together, they live in relative safety due to the electric fence that her mom built around the house, but they still have to be very quite because noise draws the aliens closer. Later on, the story switches to Amy and Baby’s time with other survivors and their encounters there.
I got about halfway into this book before I had to switch into skimming mode. I tried so hard to like this book, but I just found it to be so boring. The writing itself was great, and I can see why other people love this book, but it was just not for me. First, I hated how Amy and Baby had to live in silence. I am not a person who can read about a bunch of descriptions. I NEED to have my characters talk. That didn’t happen. Amy and Baby learned sign language, but they created their own form of sign language based off of real sign language. I love sign language. I’m not fluent at it, but I can get by if I needed to rely on it. It super bugged me that the language was chopped up in this book. I know that that’s probably a silly thing to let bug me, but I couldn’t handle it.
Secondly, In the After is truly a sci fi book. At least…as sci fi as you can get for a YA book. It was just depressing. I mean….it honestly just brought me down. Nothing seemed to be going well for anyone in this book, and all I could think was….”what if?” What if this horrible alien invasion was really to happen? No, thank you! It was very difficult to read about something that scared the crap out of me.
Like I said before, I skimmed half of this book. I didn’t put it down…I tried to read as much as I could…but it was just too much for me to read every page. Huge sci fi and dystopian fans will adore this book. Unfortunately, though, it just was not for me.
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: [rating: 2]