20 June 2013

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Expected Publication: 25 June 2013 by HarperTeen

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Publisher for review


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.

My Thoughts

I'd been eyeing In the After ever since I saw it in the HarperTeen catalogue. Even the blurb had an air of mystery about it - who are They? And considering They are the catalyst for an apocalypse, I was all over it like a cheap suit (I've always wanted to say that).

In the After jumps straight into the action as Amy finds herself in a world that has been brutally invaded by creatures that no one seems to have any knowledge about. She does get lucky in that her house is heavily protected due to her mother's job, and her hippy father has had a hand in making it almost completely self-sufficient, but otherwise she is pretty much on her own.

I liked Amy quite a bit - from a girl who seemingly should have been alien food from the beginning, she develops into a tough, dedicated girl who will do anything to keep Baby safe and adapts quickly to her changed environment. I loved the relationship she developed with Baby, the way that they depended on each other for survival whilst still providing a close companionship that kept them both safe and sane during the years after the invasion.

It was only when Amy and Baby ended up in the colony of New Hope that things went a little off the rails for me. The remainder of the story is told in flashbacks, which I can normally deal with, but the flashes were so short that I started to feel like I was being yanked back and forth rather than gliding in and out of them. It seems like it was written this way to keep the pacing at the same level, which it does, but for me it could have worked just as well with a bit of a slow-down in the middle.

There are action scenes, relationship-building, a bit of a flirtation and mystery all of which I really enjoyed, and I feel that Ms. Lunetta has put a quite unique spin on the YA apocalyptic genre. The ending is left open for the possibility of another book, and if that book does happen I'd more than happily grab a copy as it feels there is still a lot left to explore.


  1. You came out of this one liking it a little more than I did but we had the same problem with it. I didn't like the second half at all. It completely changed into a dystopian story and lots of the elements of that world irritated me. I haven't decided if I still managed to finish it curious enough to read the next one... maybe... just maybe....

    Great review, Kat!

  2. I haven't heard of this one yet, but it sounds wicked interesting. I would love to see Amy & Baby's relationship evolve as they try to survive. Cool!

  3. I haven't heard of this one either. I think I would love to read this one though!

  4. Oooh, yikes, not digging that use of flashbacks. Why would the style change like that? WEIRD. I'm still not sure if I want to read this one. Mostly because there's a baby in it. :/

  5. Now this book sounds like it's right up my alley --- a post-apocalyptic landscape with a touch of sci-fi alien mystery/action --- where do I sign up (er, go to get fitted for said cheap suit???)?! I think my only issue could be with the excessive use of flashbacks but if it's done well enough, I could survive.

  6. This one sounds so amazing! I'm kind of enjoying all the alien fiction coming out, and I like how different this one sounds.



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