Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

In the End (In the After, #2) The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures. 

It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.

One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.

My Review:

Last year, I read In the After shortly after its release, and I sped through the pages, loving it.  This year, I bought my copy of In the End the week it released, and I read it soon after that, speeding through the pages just as quickly as the first one.  I love both books in this series, and the characters and world that are explored within their pages.


This book starts by exploring another part of the After that was not seen in the first book.  This is Fort Black, another shelter for survivors.  Life in this shelter, though, is much bleaker than New Hope.  Fort Black used to be a prison, and many of the guards there now are ex-convicts.  It is especially bad there for women.  To survive, they basically have to be claimed by a man there so that they have a protector.  Amy doesn't like this, but she finds a good guy who pretends to "claim" her, but he doesn't treat her like she's his property.  There are many men in there who are sexual predators, the main one being Tank.  He had been in jail for some heinous crimes, and later you find out about something awful that he did in Fort Black during the After.

Jacks is a very sweet guy, in a place where so many of the men are awful.  He stands out from the crowd.  He cares about Amy, having no true ulterior motive for protecting her, other than that he cares about her and doesn't want her to get hurt.  He may like her as more than a friend, but he isn't going to try to force a relationship if she doesn't want one.  I like Amy and Jacks as a couple, more than Amy and Rice as a couple.  They seem to have better chemistry and care more for each other.  Amy and Rice's relationship seems like it could have easily remained a friendship.

Though Baby may not be in the story for the majority of the book, she is present in motivating Amy.  Amy cares deeply for her "sister," and she will do anything to save her, even finding another person to replace her.  Amy does many difficult things in this book for Baby.  I like the ending that we get with Amy and Baby, though I was worried for a bit that there wasn't going to be any good ending to their story.

If you like YA post-apocalyptic and sci-fi, read this book.


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