By: Celine | April 24, 2014 | (14) Comments

Review: After the End by Amy PlumAfter the End by Amy Plum
Series: After the End, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started After the End. I’ve read and enjoyed Amy Plum’s Die for Me series, but that was the ultimate guilty pleasure read for me. I’m happy to say that in this book, Plum has grown much and it’s now simply a ‘pleasure’ to read – skip the ‘guilty’ part.

As I’ve come to expect from Amy Plum by now, After The End is definitely original. It may be just me, but I don’t know any books about someone who thought there was a World War III when, in fact, there never was.

After The End is told in dual POVs, the main characters being Jnueau and Miles. Both POVs are told in first person, which can be a slippery slope. Fortunately, Plum did a decent job giving the characters distinct voices and I never confused their chapters with one another. Juneau is a girl who pays a lot of attention to nature due to her upbringing. She knows no shame, and she doesn’t care what others think of her. Also? She’s part Asian, and I want to say kudos to Plum for featuring a non-white protagonist! I definitely thought she was a strong female character and while I wouldn’t say I absolutely LOVED her, I enjoyed reading her chapters and I was glad that between her and Miles, she was the stronger and more powerful character.

As for Miles… I’ve got to say that Plum did a great job in writing a typical, narrow-minded rich boy who has always had everything handed to him. In the beginning of the book I wouldn’t really call him likeable, but hey, characters needn’t necessarily be likeable. He does change throughout the book, and although he didn’t believe Juneau most of the time, he was slowly starting to like and appreciate her. By the end of the book, I did like him, so there definitely was some character growth going on.

Of course there was a beginning romance between the two main characters, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was afraid After The End might suffer from instant love, but that was not the case. Juneau and Miles slowly start to appreciate each other and they never even spoke of love. I’m really glad that the romance turned out like this! They had to overcome their differences and that simply isn’t something you can do overnight. I didn’t ship these two with all my heart. In fact, the romance left me rather indifferent. But I do recognize that it was well done and I appreciate how they slowly get feelings for each other.

I did have a slight issue with this book: the conveniences. Since the book basically starts off with Juneau discovering the world isn’t barren and post-apocalyptic, I understand that Plum didn’t have the time to demonstrate all Juneau’s skills at the beginning of the book. I did think, though, that the ‘powers’ Juneau has were a bit too convenient. I could understand how one, through their connection with nature, might be able to ask a bird to do something, but the whole camouflage/disappearing act was a bit too ‘handy’, in my opinion. Although it doesn’t happen too often, Juneau seems to have some hidden abilities or things she can do at the exact right moment, and that irked me a little, especially since some of these abilities didn’t really connect with each other. Juneau has a special connection to nature and so I expected all of these powers to be nature-related, but I personally thought that some of them weren’t. Although that’s debatable – it really hinges on what you consider to be related to nature.

In all, though, this was a really enjoyable read. Plum definitely shows her growth in After the End, and despite the conveniences, the characters, romance and plot appeared to be well thought out. It’s with a little bit of suprise that I can say that I definitely liked this!

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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14 Responses to Review: After the End by Amy Plum

  1. Yay for part asians! The conveniences are sort of meh for me because it doesn’t make the story very believable. I am also stumbling on the Juneau name o.O Awesome indepth review as always Celine!
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    • Celine says:

      I can imagine that! There is a reason she’s named Juneau, though 🙂 The conveniences were a bit meh indeed, but this was still a very enjoyable story!
      Thank you <33

  2. Amir says:

    I have no read anything from this author but I will definitely check out her other series, once in awhile I do enjoy reading guilty pleasures. I also think it’s great that Miles developed properly and I’m glad you enjoyed this! Will def check the author out 🙂
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  3. Megan says:

    I concept of this one sounds really great. Even though it wasn’t perfect for you, I still want to give it a try!
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  4. That’s pretty interesting, about their liking and appreciating each other over time. I definitely didn’t know that O_O I think I’ll have to give this book a second chance. I didn’t read enough to get to that part. Thanks for the insights, Celine!
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  5. Aww I’m glad you liked this one! I know her first series wasn’t always extremely well received because the love interest and conveniences were really obvious to some (although I still liked it!), so I guess this kind of continues the theme but at least the romance is well done and doesn’t suffer from insta-love! I may read this one just to see if her writing has changed a bit or if I’ll like this one even more. Fantastic review, Celine! <33
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  6. Alise says:

    POV mix up can get really messy and frustrating so it’s nice that the characters have unique voices! I love how original this one seems too. Miles sounds like he goes through a ton of character development so that will be fun to read about 🙂
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  7. I’m reading this right now, nearing the end, and most of all, I’m surprised by how funny it was on occasion. I expected a lot of things from Plum, having enjoyed her previous series, but funny was certainly not among them. And I agree with you about the romance, it’s very refreshing.
    Overall, I liked this one a lot. Great review.
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  8. Melanie says:

    Yay for a non white female protagonist! We don’t have enough of those in YA fiction. Also very glad that Miles crept under your skin. I am planning to read this during my hiatus later this year. Have high hopes! 🙂

    Gorgeous review, Celine! <33

  9. The plot was definitely unique, and I loved all the Yara stuff mixed in as well. I was very indifferent to both characters, though, and still hated Miles until the end. At least you seemed to like them both by the end of the book! The romance–I didn’t ship them, either. I never really indulged on the conveniences, but now that you mentioned them, there are quite a lot. Awesome review, Celine!
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  10. I wasn’t very fussed on the Die For Me series, I stopped after the first book, but when I heard about this one I thought I could really like it, and after your review I think I’ll enjoy it. Thanks for sharing:)
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  11. Ohh, this sound like so much awesome! I actually read a few really-low star rating reviews for it so I wasn’t sure I’d go for it. Buuuut, the premise! I love all the apocalyptic stuffie happening. The conveniences do sound a bit odd, though, and a bit disappointing. 😐
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  12. Zoe N. says:

    Yeah! SO glad this was enjoyable for you Celine! It definitely sounds like an entertaining read overall. I’m so glad the romance was well-done and wasn’t insta-love oriented. Although the convince of the plot might bother me a little, I think I’ll be able to overlook that since everything else sounds pretty solid! Thanks so much for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  13. This is a great review. I read this one and thought it was an okay read, but for me I didn’t see the need for it to be a series. This one seemed unnecessarily long and drawn out, which I think is because it was made into a series. For me, this was a story that could have been told as a one book standalone. I didn’t ship them as a couple either. I also didn’t understand all of Juneau’s powers. Thanks for the great review 🙂
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