In The After
Expected Publication: June 2013
Length: 470 pages
Series: In the After #1
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Source: Gifted for honest review by Harper Collins Australia
Genre: Dystopian / Sci fi
Read If you liked: Across the Universe, Hunger Games
Synopsis 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.
Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta
When I first started reading this book, I kept drawing similarities between the Aliens and Zombies, they are mindless flesh craving beasts. I nearly stopped reading because I kept thinking how did these stupid creatures manage to fly space ships into earth and take over a world? It was really starting to get on my nerves, until the Protagonist asked the same questions. Then I was gripped because obviously this was part of the plot.
I have mentioned before I am not a fan of Sci-fi and I am thinking now after adding two Sci-fi books to my favourite list, I have to change my position on this. I was stuck on the edge of my seat not wanting to put this novel down. It was absolutely amazing, It was not at all predictable, I had no clue what the creatures were, where they came from and how they managed to take over the world.
Now to the plot, Amy is watching T.v on her own when the world is taken over by Aliens, It happens quickly and horribly, most of the human race is wiped out in hours. Lucky for Amy her father is an eco warrior who insisted on a garden and solar panels and her mother was a government worker that insisted on an electric fence to keep her family safe.
While the world ends Amy crawls up in her room and reads trying to escape her new world, behind the safety of her electric fence. Which I could relate to, since I probably would do the same thing.
After a while her food starts to run out and Amy needs to leave the sanctuary of her house and start scavenging, she learns quickly that the creatures have hyper sensitive hearing and will stop at nothing to gain fresh meat as soon as they hear you. On one trip she runs into a little girl who is bleeding and scared she is only about three years old, Amy takes her home and calls her baby.
Three years later, Amy and Baby are still battling to survive in the After, (The story is split up into three parts, the Before, The After (surviving with the creatures) and the now (living in the safety of the compound).) They have not spoken in three years and they live a life of silence.
When Things start to get worse after a marauding Gang take over the safety of their house, Amy and Baby are forced to leave, when they are captured by a military ship and sent to a survivor compound, but is it really safer than in the After?.
I was drawn to this book by Its cover, It looked Creepy and just the type of dystopian I love. Harpercollins Australia were kind enough to send me a copy for review. In the After really makes you think, about how children can survive on their own in terrible conditions, how Humanity as a whole would react in such destruction, (will the survivors stick together to try to make the most out of life, or will they turn on each other and try to take what they can?) This is what I love about dystopias, how people will react at the end of the world and what will happen after?
This was a brilliant novel by Demitria Lunetta and I cannot wait to read what she writes next. If you loved across the universe, this book is for you.