[eARC Review] In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Title: In The End
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In The After #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Release Date: June 24th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

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.

Sequels can be tricky creature because sometimes they suffer from what we bloggers call "The Second Book Syndrome" which pretty much means the book becomes a bridge book between the first and last. And usually this includes either a love triangle, lack of action or the inclusion of a new enemy. But the In After series is a Duology, so it my books that means all bets are off. And since I loved In The After I knew it would hard to top it, but serious, this book is better than the first. No joke.

In The End leaves off pretty much exactly where In The After ends, give or take 3 months, and Amy is on the run, by herself, with no real purpose other than surviving. Then she gets a message that Baby, her adopted sister, is in real trouble and she needs to find a guy named Ken because he will be able to help her save her. Well now Amy is off to find Ken, and oh the trouble she gets into!

I loved this book because it was so different from the first book, and yet oddly familiar. Amy finds herself in a converted prison where inmates and survivors lives together (weird I know right?) and she meets a cute boy, Jacks who is amazing, and there is a Doctor who seems very suspicious from the very beginning. So although the plot itself was very similar to the first book, which I liked, there were many different factors that were different. Like new characters, who I have to say made this book that much better. There was Jacks of course, as the new love interest and although I liked Amy's love interest in the first book, I thought Jacks fit her better and just fit with the story more. There was also new villains, like Tank who I HATED but also loved the tension he created in the story. He was such a great aspect to the story, even though he was horrible person to everyone around him.

I really cant go into specifics about the book because there are a lot of aspects of the story that are revealed and I will say that we get answers to burning questions and the end is quite satisfying for a reader. I will say that I loved that it wasn't tied up in a pretty little bow, and the romantic in me wanted a little bit more at the end, but I liked the end. It made sense for the overall story and it was a great way to end the series. I cannot wait to see what Demetria writes next, but if this series in any indication, I am sure it is going to be amazing!

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