Friday, 20 June 2014

Review: In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Title: In the End (In the After #2)
Author: Demitria Lunetta

Release date: June 24th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: ARC
Pages: 432

Source: Publisher

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.

In the End is a great conclusion to this duology, and just as compelling as the first book. We get to know more about this post-apocalyptic world and we do get a sort of resolution at the end. This series works well as a duology, and I never felt like it was too little - there's plenty of world-building and character development throughout.

In this book, Amy has left New Hope and is surviving on her own. But after a few months, Kay communicates with her, telling her Dr. Reynolds has taken Baby to perform tests on her. And things aren't looking good. So Amy heads off to Fort Black, the only other known place where humans thrive in a community, in order to find Kay's brother, Ken, who may be able to save Baby from Dr. Reynolds. Amy discovers a lot at Fort Black, more than she could ever imagine. Especially about the dangerous creatures that roam the Earth, the Florae.

I enjoyed so many aspects of this book, mostly because Fort Black seemed way more real to me than New Hope. Fort Black isn't trying to be utopian like New Hope - it's in fact very far from it. It used to be a prison, and the walls keep the Florae out. People here take care of just themselves, and very few think about others. Amy first meets one of those few - Jacks, the nephew of the Warden of Fort Black. Jacks takes her under his wing, since he knows how things can get for women in Fort Black, since there are so few of them. And though the two of them differ in ideals sometimes, they work together to find what Amy is looking for.

I didn't like the introduction of a love triangle in this book, even though there isn't much romance really. I get that there would be romance in this book, due to the nature of Fort Black society, but I don't think there was a point of there being anything between Amy and Rice in the first book. I definitely like Jacks better than Rice, though. He's incessantly kind, and very driven. He cares about people, unlike most of the inhabitants at Fort Black.

Amy is really badass in this as well. She's on her own for months, so she's toughened up a lot. She tries not to think of the life she could be having in New Hope with Baby, her mother, and even Rice. She does everything she can to find Ken before it's too late, and it's amazing to see how she'd do anything for Baby. Plus, I loved every fight scene she was in - you do not want to mess with this girl! She will take you down for sure.

Though not every loose end is tied up in this book, we do get the sense that life will be stabilizing, both at New Hope and Fort Black. A lot is resolved, and though there were numerous obstacles to overcome, there is a hint of hope at the end, which I really liked, rather than having a finite ending to the series.

*Thank you to Megan at HarperCollins for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. Ooh this is the conclusion? I have yet to start this series! But I really want to now, seeing as the series manages to uphold its greatness all the way through the books. I will definitely look into it some more!

    Check out my book review of Seraphina: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/06/seraphina-book-review.html

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