Series: In the After #2
Published by: HarperTeen on June 24, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy 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 must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.
One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.
I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A sequel that kept me glued to the pages, now that’s hard to pull off, and Lunetta did it well!
What I Loved: I loved seeing Amy back in the wild, surviving on her own with such skill. That was easily the best part of the the first book, just being in her head as she did what she needed to in order to survive. You get a good amount of that here, too, before she’s forced to dive back into the world of New Hope. Yes, much of the book is of Amy in Fort Black like how she was in New Hope, although both places are completely different, but I actually enjoyed all the sides of the story – the After, New Hope, Fort Black and I think Lunetta did a great job of balancing all three environments and mixing them together to form a cohesive story. I also think Amy is a fantastic main character, with such strength and such a big heart, especially given the circumstances. I think the strongest element Lunetta had in this duology was Amy.
Left Me Wanting More: I wasn’t too keen on the romance. There is a sort of love triangle going on, but thankfully, it’s not the main focus of the story and rightly so as it didn’t sway me either way. Both guys had their strong points and were key players at different parts of Amy’s lives, but I didn’t really see her with either one. I’m glad that there was so much more to the story than the romance, and I enjoyed Amy and Baby’s relationship more anyways. I wish that had been explored more in this book as much as in the first book. I’ll admit, the build-up kind of took too long, and the ending was too easily attained, but I still enjoyed the flow of the story nonetheless.
Final Verdict: I really enjoyed this book and this series so much, more than I thought I would. I love it when that happens. I think Lunetta does an excellent job of capturing your attention right away with this quasi-realistic, post-apocalyptic world and she definitely keeps your attention until the very end. With a amazing heroine and a riveting plot, this series has definitely made its way onto my favorites shelf.
*This review was first published on YABC.*