Rating: *** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future. World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Amy Plum’s novel After the End has a very creative plot line (one I’m not even sure fits into dystopian, but I don’t know where else to put it), but I don’t think she executed it very well. I did enjoy the cliffhanger ending and the way the story had me on the edge of my seat towards the end. Though, I did not like the one dimensional characters that are made up of only a few personality traits and their appearance. I prefer characters who feel like real humans, who have many traits and quirks that make them special. The main character in After the End has the same personality as other characters I have read about, which is bad because no two people have the same personality, so why should book characters? Also, the book lacked detail and hardly explained important parts of the story. I still don’t understand what “Conjuring” is and why it needs a capital letter. All I know is that it’s a pointless fantasy aspect of the book that I’m still waiting for a reasonable explanation for. All in all, this book just needs a bit more in a lot of aspects.