Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After the End

After the End
By Amy Plum
HarperTeen, 2014. 322 pgs. Young Adult

Juneau has been living in a remote part of Alaska where her clan has been surviving for three decades - ever since WWIII and the destruction of the world as they knew it. When Juneau's clan is kidnapped and she leaves the boundaries of their land to go after them, she realizes that the war never happened. Fighting the overwhelming betrayal she feels, she continues her search for them with the help of a boy Miles, who has his own agenda for helping her.

I think there were a lot of interesting things in the makeup of this novel, but ultimately it was a bit flat. Juneau and Miles had some distinctive personalities, but the other characters in the novel tended to be one-note stereotypes.  The plot had some decent complexity and interest, there is a lot to explore with why Juneau was lied to and a mysterious ability her clan has that allows them to connect with nature, but it was frustratingly underdeveloped and left for future books.  I would recommend this to readers who are willing to devote themselves to several books in order to find out all of the secrets this series has to offer.


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