[eRAC Review] In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Title: In the After
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After #1
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: eARC copy provided by publisher via Edeweiss for honest review

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They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

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.

This book had been very high on my list of books to read because I was hearing so many amazing things from a lot of bloggers and readers. And usually hype is not something I want to read with a book, because it allows for a very big let down. But in this instance I am happy to say that this book lived up to all of my expectations.

Demitria Lunetta is a talent that I am so glad I discovered because this story was so creepy from beginning to end, and what I think  I loved most was the reveal at the end of the novel. I did not see it coming and it changed my entire perspective of the entire story. You think you are reading one thing, but then it turns out to be something completely different. It takes a lot of surprise me and I loved that this book was able to do that.

I also loved the way each of the characters developed throughout the story. At the beginning we meet Amy who was home alone when "They" attacked. She eventually learned how to survive while the world around her collapsed and died. Them she finds a toddler she names "Baby" and then there is another person to think about. I loved their relationship throughout because it felt so real and it thrived in a very complicated scenario. I do want to go into some of the other characters because I feel like it would ruined the book. But there are many people in this book that left me feeling empty and wanting to punch them in the face. I feel like when you read it you will understand.

This story is split into parts, and after the first part I felt like shit hit the fan. The first part was mostly explanation of what happened and how Amy and Baby survived. But after that is where the real story begins and your has to process everything it is seeing. New Hope, the compound that Amy and Baby go to seems so perfect at first, and to Baby it is, but to Amy it is like a prison and there are things that are very wrong about their research and the way things are run. You start to question everything just like Amy, and once the truth is revealed is seems all too possible.

This book cannot be put into one category, is is both Dystopian and Science Fiction. It is both Action/Adventure and Family Drama. That is what makes it so amazing. It is about family and the lengths you will go in order to protect the ones you love. It is about the abuse of power and the impact that power has on humanity. This book is definitely a must read!

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  1. I'm so happy to hear that this is good! I've been looking forward to it

  2. So glad you liked this! I just ordered it from Amazon and I should get it sometime this week :D

    Christy @ Christy's Book Addiction