Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Title: In the After
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: Book One (Planned sequel)
Published By: HarperTeen (June 25, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

My Thoughts and Review:

I seem to have a thing lately for dystopians. I am so drawn to them that it is a little sickening really. And while I do love dystopians and have read quite a few in the past year, this is the first one that I can say I have read about an “alien invasion”. And yes, normally that would not appeal to me but it so worked in this one. It some how was, well, maybe not realistic per se (at least not at first), but very much something that didn't seem too far out there by any means, especially towards the end.

This seems to be the year for debut authors. I have come across so many talented writers this year that are just now making a scene that it is insane and a little hard to keep up with. This is one of those authors and one of those books that you really don't want to miss out on. You do not want to pass this one by. The storyline pulled me in after the very first few pages and kept my attention the whole way through. 

I really loved the whole concept of this story and I really liked Amy, Baby, Rice and Kay. There were twists in this one I didn't see coming and I was constantly wondering what was behind the Florea and what really caused everything to fall so completely apart. 

New Hope had a slightly robotic sinister feel (think almost a Stepford Wife thing going on) to it from the very beginning and I loved watching everything come to light and go down. The Ward, Dr. Reynolds, even Amy's mom, all of it. I love that the ending was wide open for a sequel and for so much possibility. I know that I, for one, will absolutely be reading the next book and will eagerly be awaiting its release. 

*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*


  1. Lovely review I am a dystopian junkie too and recently read 5th Wave which had an alien invasion that was mind blowing. This sounds good and I love when twists take you by surprise. Will add this to my wishlist.

  2. I definitely need to put The 5th Wave on my wishlist!

  3. Dystopians were my favorite for so long then I got away from them. I am glad that there are some really good ones coming out again. Great review. I look forward to checking this out.

  4. It seems like there have been a ton out already this year and so far, for the most part, I have really loved the ones I have tried.

  5. I admit to being a bit tired of dystopians altogether, but alien invasion worked great for me in The 5th Wave, so it's safe to assume I'd like it here too. I'm defintiely willing to give it a try. :)

  6. I think you would like this one Maja, it has a lot of twists in it.

  7. Hmmm... I had actually put this one in my giveaway pile cause I thought it would be too scary. Maybe it's not? I'm a little burnt out on dystopian reads, but I did love The 5th Wave which was about an alien invasion. Maybe I need to take this off of the giveaway pile and consider giving it a try first.

  8. I think you should try it Candace, I pretty sure you are going to really like it!

  9. I'm with Maja, I feel like I've been overdosing on dystopians lately, but I loved the alien invasion in The 5th Wave, so I'm hoping I'll love this too! So glad to hear you didn't see the twists coming. I get super creeped out by Stepford Wife vibes, so I'm sure this will creep me out. So excited to read this now! Great review :-)

  10. great review and its not just you but all of us a bit dystopian junkie this year....

    i just read it, will have my review up in 2-3 days and got to say that big twist was not something i was expecting in there

    and its not standalone there is going to be a sequel too....

    Le' Grande Codex

  11. Oh boy alien invasion that isn't one we get much of in YA and I can't wait to check this out. I have this for review and now I am very excited!

  12. Thanks for letting me know aparajita! I am excited that there will be!

    And Heidi, I do think you will like this one. It is very different and good.

  13. wonderful review, I am so excited about it looks like fun. I have not yet read a dystopia that has an alien invasion either :) glad you liked this one!

  14. Loved this one. Demitria did a wonderful job with it. I'm so glad I read it before reviews started going up, because everything was a cool surprise. So glad you liked it. My review is scheduled next week.

  15. Thanks Christy and Lily!

    I hate when there are spoilers everywhere! I am so glad we both got to this one before too much was said Christy!

  16. I really enjoyed this one too. I usually don't like books with babies or little kids but baby was very mature. I also liked the twist with the Florea although I had a good guess pretty early. I was just so mad at how everyone else including her mother was handling the situation.