Friday, March 28, 2014

After the End by Amy Plum

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
After the End Series, Book 1
Expected publication date:  May 6, 2014

Description (taken from Amy Plum's website):
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.

They′e 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.

Juneau has spent her entire life living in the middle-of-nowhere, Alaska.  Within her community, she is training to be the next Sage, a type of medicine man if you will.  They live off of the world in seclusion because of the radiation and devastation WWIII left.  But what she doesn't know is that they've lied to her.  The world's still there and people are thriving.  And when her entire clan is kidnapped by helicopter, Juneau embarks on a journey to find them and figure out what is going on.

Miles is the boy who has had it all his entire life,  except for the attention he craves from the people that should mean the most.  He's got the smarts, the money, the family name; so why does he end up acting out to the point of getting kicked out of school?  Forced to work a minimum wage job to prove to his father that he's not a failure, he sees the next few months going nowhere.  That is until he eavesdrops on one of his dad's work conversations about locating a teenage girl.  Miles decides he's up for the job and can get in his father's good graces by finding this girl.  Only he doesn't realize that this girl will make him see everything in a new light.

This book is told from two points of view: Juneau and Miles.  One who is 'one with nature' and a city brat.  We see the stark difference between their lives until their worlds collide and they join forces.  I really enjoyed the emotion and how they reacted to different truths and being lied to.  And the bits of magic, or Yara as it is called, that seems to float throughout the novel.  I want to know more about it.  And as they're being chased, we find there's so much more to the story than what we know.  I must know more...

Honestly, this is a good opener to a new series.  But...  If you can wait for the second book to come out (or the whole series), I would wait and read them all together.  The waiting is killing me (and I just barely finished this book).

Funny side note:  this book makes a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah.  And I loved the little bits of geography that were mentioned (I wish there was more).  Anywho, they end up at the library which is super gorgeous.  I got my bridals taken there (yes I'm a booknerd).  Just a personal connection that no one really cares to know...

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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