Hey guys! I am back with my second book review. Today, I will be reviewing In The After by Demetria Lunetta.
Warning: This review may contain detailed plot spoilers. Reader discretion is advised.
This is a dystopia YA (young adult ((aka teen))) book set in the aftermath of an alien attack.
Here is the synopsis-
“Amy Harris’s life changed forever when They took over. Her parents—vanished. The government—obsolete. Societal structure—nonexistent. No one knows where They came from, but these vicious creatures have been rapidly devouring mankind since They appeared. With fierce survivor instincts, Amy manages to stay alive—and even rescues “Baby,” a toddler who was left behind. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope. On the surface, it appears to be a safe haven for survivors. But there are dark and twisted secrets lurking beneath that could have Amy and Baby paying with not only their freedom . . . but also their lives.”
This book, on the surface, is basically a regular teen dystopia book. Some horrible apocalypse sweeps the world, and the main character, usually a teenager, is left to fend for themselves in a world where the government, law, and ethics no longer exist. This teenager will proceed to scavenge for resources and eventually find shelter, either with or without friends that they find along the way. Then, they find out that there is some amazing secret base that they have to go find. Over time, they encounter the creatures that destroyed their planet, and fight for their lives. That is basically your average teen dystopia book that has some strange epedemic sweeping the world in a nutshell. OF course, series like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are much different than these stand alone books about aliens or zombies, but there are a lot of similarities.
The things that sets dystopia books apart are the journeys that the characters go on. What they face. Who they befriend.
That is one reason why I really liked this book. Instead of finding some other random teenager, as most readers would expect, Amy instead finds a baby. A little girl who she has to be a sister to- someone she has to protect.
Since we are on the topic, let’s jump right into what I think of the plot.
First of all, this book has a LOT of twists. Characters who you thought to be dead are somehow alive. What Amy and the readers know about the creatures turns out to be a lie. I can say that out of all the dystopia books I have read, this book is the most rich plot-twist wise.
In addition to a plot absolutely stuffed with twists at every possible point, there is very good characterization. There are quite a few characters, but most of them have their own interesting backstory or demeanor that is revealed over the course of the book. The book doesn’t leave the readers questioning who exactly characters are or where they come from, because that information is expertly laid out.
Overall, there is not much I can say about this book that is negative. I suppose the main thing I don’t like about this book is the ending. It is a tad bit abrupt, and if I did not know there was a sequel it would have been quite annoying, due to the fact that the ending is too much of a cliffhanger.
Overall, I would rate this book 4/5 stars. It was overall very entertaining and much different from other books in it’s category.
I would give this an age rating of 10+ for frequent violence.
I hope you enjoyed this review! If there are any particular authors/books that you would like me to review, please comment below!