Tuesday, 6 May 2014

After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
After the End
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"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.

After the End by Amy Plum

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

After the End(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Juneau lives in a small community, living off the land in the wake of a nuclear war. She uses an opal to ‘Read’ animals and plants to gain information, and has a gift for hunting.
When her entire community is kidnapped, she takes it upon herself to find them, but what she discovers is even more shocking than she realised – the nuclear war never happened, she’s been living a lie.
Miles has just been expelled from school. When he finds out that his father is searching for a missing girl for some reason, he decides to go and find her in order to curry favour with his father.
Did the rest of Juneau’s community realise that there was no nuclear war? Who has kidnapped them? And will Miles really turn Juneau over to his father once he gets to know her?

This book irritated me, it was weird, and so was the ending.

Juneau was a bit of an odd character. Considering that she was the one who had been living in seclusion, that she was the one who had odd thoughts and ideas, and that she had little idea about the real world, she seemed to treat Miles like he was stupid. For some reason she really rubbed me up the wrong way, and I got quite irritated with her attitude. The way that she explained why her raven friend was named ‘Poe’ (which I thought pretty obvious), made her just seem like she thought herself better than everyone else. She also came across as delusional at times, and I wondered at times if in reality she had just escaped from a mental institution somewhere.

Miles on the other hand was not all that nice of a person himself. He seemed to be constantly out for what he could get, always looking out for himself and thinking of ways to either entertain himself or make himself look good, and didn’t think twice about stabbing someone in the back to get what he wanted. He also joked semi-seriously about wanting to eat Juneau’s bird friend because he didn’t like him!

The storyline in this was difficult to follow and unbelievable. I got really irritated at the way things weren’t explained properly, and the actions of the characters were just irritating. I really considered not even finishing this I was enjoying it that little. I got really annoyed and irritated by this book, and was glad when it was over.
The ending was then a cliff-hanger just to make matters worse. Really not impressed.
Overall; irritating and weird.
4.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Jeeze, the characters don't sound so great. I have to read this one soon.