Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: In the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After
Genre: YA, Sci-fi/Dystopian
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Summary From Goodreads: 
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

The Plot: Would you survive an alien apocalypse? Well the people in the "After" aren't given a choice. When an alien species invades the earth, Amy is one of the few left alive thanks to the electric fence surrounding her house that prevents them from entering. After finding a baby alone on the street, Amy makes a split decision to take her and raise her on her own. Together, she and Baby must fight to survive by sneaking out during the day when the aliens are asleep and scavenge for food and other necessities. The aliens hunt the humans using their keen sense of hearing, which is why Baby and Amy haven't spoken since their invasion. They invent a language based off of hand gestures, similar to sign language. Things are going pretty well for Amy and Baby, considering that this is the apocalypse. They live in a non-penetrable alien zone with running water and electricity due to the house's backup generator. However, things start to turn for the worse when Amy and Baby take in a young woman on the street, who was sent out as alien bait by her own group. Amy is wary of their newcomer, Amber, but Baby greets her with welcome arms and quickly befriends her. Then, Amy and Baby are forced to flee their house as Amber's group attempts to break in and take over their shelter. After being on the run for a while, Amy and Baby are unexpectedly found and taken to a facility called New Hope. There, Amy and Baby meet a huge community of other survivors all being overseen by Amy's mom. On the outside, New Hope seems to be a safe haven and a place to rebuild lives, but after some accidental discoveries it is obvious that New Hope is not what is seems. 
The plot of In the After kept me hooked throughout the whole novel. It's fast paced action had me rooting for Amy and Baby. The last part of the book was definitely the craziest, because that's when all the major revelations happen. I was honestly so confused during this part because the narrative switched times, so I had no idea if the events were happening in the past, present, or future. But it all made sense in the end.

The Characters: I absolutely loved Amy and Baby. Amy is a total kick ass heroine. She's smart and resilient, and definitely knows how to survive on her own. Baby was probably one of my favorite characters in the whole book. Her love of Amy and trust of others makes her an easy character to like, and her intelligence just adds to her personality. I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters like Rice, Kay, and Gareth, who really helped out Amy when she was at New Hope. There is a smidge of romance in the last part of the novel, but really nothing large enough worth mentioning. 

Overall, I highly enjoyed In the After even though the narrative at the end confused me a lot. I look forward to reading In the End
 About Demitria Lunetta
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Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END. She holds a BA in Human Ecology and has spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, she always carries a good book and a chocolate bar -- the two items essential for post-apocalyptic survival. 


  1. In the After was definitely very fast paced! So much action- it was definitely difficult to put the book down!
    I really like how the romance takes a back seat in this series (it's not too dominant in In the End either)- it's really more about Amy and Baby's relationship :)

    1. Yes! I was so hooked that I read it all in one sitting! And I agree. While I love romance in my novels, I liked how it was centered around Amy and Baby because I loved their relationship. Hopefully I'll read In the End soon! Thanks for stopping by :)