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

12157407In the After (In the After#1) by Demitria Lunetta

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: June 25, 2013

Pages: 455 (Hardcover)

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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.

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In the After is your typical dystopian read. There’s the corrupt government, the almost destroyed world, and then the survivors trying to take down the government/fight. However, with that being said, I actually enjoyed this book. Lunetta brings in a refreshing look and style to the things by forcing a love interest down until the very end and focusing as much time and effort into the main goal: survival. I had a lot of fun reading this action-packed story and can’t wait for the next one.

Unfortunately, there are a few mishaps along the way. There’s a lot of information given during despite it being really important, I felt that it could have been placed in a better place rather than shoved in the beginning. Also, the whole aliens thing is predictable, I knew right from the start and I would have loved it if Lunetta could have add more mystery to this part of the book.

Still, the setting and mood is perfectly described for the Before part of the book. The relationship between Baby and Amy is great, it’s complex and realistic and I loved reading about how protective Amy is of her. Adding onto this, the characters are well-developed, especially Baby because of how different and strange she is. From day one, she knew the rules and obediently followed them. That still boggles my mind! Parts with the present and past and the memories had my full attention because they’re so unique and different.

I’m not exactly sure what I was getting into when I first picked this one up. I was praying that it wouldn’t be a typical Dystopian read. And albeit it is, it’s so much more than that also, it’s a refreshing look at Dystopian which I never knew could happen because they all seem to be about the same thing. Nonetheless, I recommend this read to everyone because it’s different and it’s action-packed and suspenseful.

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

 

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Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#53

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Prisoner of night and fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog#1) by Anne Blankman

17668473Favourite quote: “If you think love means secrecy, then you don’t understand what love is at all.”

 

Talker 25 (Talker 25#1) by Joshua McCune

17339959Favourite quote: “I won’t run from death. I won’t run from pain or fear. Life hurts sometimes, sometimes so much that you think it’s never gonna stop hurting. That’s a beautiful thing.”

The Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

18038539Favourite quotes:

1. “There’s a real town called everything,” Kane answers. “Especially in Pennsylvania, home of Intercourse and Blue Ball.”

2. “He said, ‘It’s not our ability to get forgiveness that saves us. It’s out ability to grant forgiveness.”

3. I sat forward and picked up a piece of the jet engine. “I think we get the world we deserve. People who love get love back, and people who hate, or fear, they get those back too.”

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

18051349Favourite quotes:

1. You have to forget about people when you can’t have them anymore. That’s the only way to be okay, I think–to forget how they looked and sounded and left Post-it notes on your desk and told you they’d come back from the dead someday. She had to get over me because there was no alternative. But I couldn’t do that with her. I couldn’t forget that she was still here and I was still here and we weren’t together.

2. They say the heart is just a muscle. They say it plays absolutely no role in our emotions and that it’s use as a symbol of love is based on archaic theories of it being the seat of the soul or something ridiculous like that. But as I quietly listened to every word she was saying to me, as each syllable shot a sharp arrow through the phone and into my ear, I swear I felt like my entire chest would collapse in on itself. I knew this feeling. They say a heart can’t really break because there’s nothing to be broken. But see, I once had to leave everyone I loved, and it felt this same way. Maybe Jeremy Pratt’s did too. Maybe his heart was torn to shreds and maybe that’s why it hurt so bad now, like it hadn’t had enough time to heal before receiving its next blow.

3. And of course it wasn’t okay. But that’s what we have to do, right? We have to tell people it’s okay even when it’s not.

Great by Sara Benincasa

18090059Favourite quotes:

1. “Remember that you can’t be one person one place and a totally different person in another place. Right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter where you are.”

2. My father told me once that people don’t change–they just reveal more of who they really are.

3. There’s the kind of dead from which you can bring someone back, when a heart stops for a brief collection of moments because of trauma or sickness, and you can shock it and pound it back to life. And then there’s the kind of dead that’s just final, from which there is no return, when the spirit or soul or whatever you want to call it has completely left the body, you can feel the absence of something, some intangible presence that indicates personhood.

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends#1) by Kelley Armstrong

18089962Favourite quote: “Curiosity is what lets a young mind grow and keeps an old mind young.”

(Don’t You) Forget about Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

18599667Favourite quotes:

1. The thing is, secrets are awful in lots of ways, but they almost never lie.

2. Sometimes you make bad choices to keep yourself from making other, even worse ones. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

3. “I found a quote from some guy that summed up the lucky thing pretty perfectly for me. It went like this: “Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.””

4. “Everyone falls eventually,” Piper told me. “You think it’ll hurt. But it’s falling with no bottom. You just keep going and going forever, just falling deeper and deeper. And once you stop being scared, it’s kind of fun.”

5. Forgetting the past doesn’t change it, and if we want a better ending we’ll have to go out and create it for ourselves somewhere on the other side of the mountain. Until then we have our stories. I’ll tell them to you as many times as you want. Then you;ll repeat them to all the new friends you’ll make. Most people will think you’re making them up. They might even call you a liar, and then, Wills, there’s only one thing you can say.

There’s no place like home.

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

17924987Favourite quotes:

1. The popular [crowd].

I’m not popular. I’m in band.

2. This is why I don’t date girls. They’re weird. They talk about everything and assume you want to too. I don’t get it. It’s as if their bras are filled with words.

3. “Band geeks are the original,” I explain. “Orchestra dorks are simply copying our amazingly uncool status.”

4. There are three ways to say, I love you, man.

The first one is an announcement, said at full volume and often accompanied by a swear word. It’s sort of Thank you, sort of You’re cool, with a little And damn, you make me look good thrown in. This is how kellen said it.

The second one is a diss, said with four and a half tons of sarcasm and most likely a reference to the father, son, or Holy Ghost. There’s no sort of about it. It means I hate you right now.

The third one comes wrapped in caution tape. It is said quietly and on its own, without any adjectives. There’s no ‘sort of’ to this one, either, because you mean it.

Like I did.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

12157407Favourite quote: My eyes stung. I desperately wanted my father to be remembered.

“But no matter how much it hurt me to lose your father, it was only a tiny fraction of the pain I felt when I thought you were gone.