Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta
In the After by Demitria Lunetta
June 25, 2013
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.
IN THE AFTER is a hauntingly creepy YA novel from a debut author who knows how to write an addictive story. I finished this massive book in about six hours! I just couldn’t put it down, no matter that I had other obligations to do. Once you start IN THE AFTER, it sucks you right in to Amy’s world and you won’t be able to escape til you read the last page. IN THE AFTER has shocking twists and revelations that add to the complexity of the world. Nothing is as it seems in the After.
Before the After, Amy was a regular girl who did normal things like go to school, have fun with her friends, and pine for more time with her busy mother. After, Amy is a shell of the girl she once was. The After has hardened her into the person she must be to survive the brutal world where They devour any human They can get their dirty hands on. Amy has learned to use sign language instead of her mouth to communicate, be as silent as possible, and be thankful for the electric fence her paranoid mother erected around their house Before. It is all that is between her and certain death by Them. Along with Baby who Amy discovers when she ventures out for food, she fights to survive in the brutal world of the After.
Amy is very harsh and unforgiving in IN THE AFTER, but that is what I liked about her. I think anyone that was soft in her world that managed to survive Them for so long would have to be as tough as possible. It made me so incredibly sad to think of all that Amy sacrifices of her self because of the After. At just 17 years old physically, she’s 50 years older mentally. While some of the things that Amy thought about and did had me horrified, I couldn’t fault her for it. I have so much respect for a survivor like Amy.
Baby is Amy’s saving grace. She is a young little girl and innocent at heart, but she’s seen and done things that even I wouldn’t be able to handle. I’m honestly not sure that Amy could have survived without this sweet little girl. She and Amy developed a special sign language that only they can understand, which creates a special bond between them. They are soul sisters that will do anything for each other. Baby was definitely one of my favorite characters, and I have so much hope for the future for this precious little girl.
IN THE AFTER is pretty graphic and terrifying, yet I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story and the characters. I was on my toes the entire time, praying that nothing would happen to my beloved Amy and Baby. Demitria has written so much raw emotion and intense tension into the book. I cannot imagine the world being so broken and dangerous, and feeling such hopelessness for the future. I’m dying to get my hands on book two so I can find out more about Amy’s new world and discover all the secrets left to be uncovered!
So if you are a fan of post apocalyptic novels or crave a book that has equal parts character and plot development, IN THE AFTER is just your book. I can’t wait for more people to discover this gem and to fall in love with it like I did. You want to preorder IN THE AFTER! You definitely won’t regret it.