31 May 2014

After the End

Author: Amy Plum
Series: After the End #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

After the End was... interesting to say the least.  Juneau lives in what she believes is the last remaining colony after the destruction of World War III in Denali, Alaska.  When she gets back from a hunting trip, however, to find her entire clan gone, her entire world is turned upside down and she is forced to question everything about her world.

Finding a world she thought had been discovered, Juneau has to venture through this strange, more advanced world as she tries to find her kidnapped clan.  Using her paranormal powers of sight, she is pitted with an unlikely partner who is anything but trustworthy in young Miles, which of course opens up the possibility for the young adult romantic angle of the series.

I found a hard time finding a true genre for After the End.  It's hardly a post apocalyptic, World War novel as we soon realize that part of Juneau's existence is but a farce. It isn't a dsytopian novel either, though there are some corrupt people in high power in this novel.  It is a bit of a paranormal novel, however, as it touches on the concept of immortality and being clairvoyant.

While being unique in the design of its world, Plum hardly develops a strikingly original debut for a series.  The beginning of the novel is interesting, but as the world develops the story seems to follow the normal pitfalls for being just another typical young adult novel with a touch of paranormal touches.  And while the writing is strong enough and the plot is decent enough to hold your attention the entire way through, After the End loses its main charm about the same time that Juneau loses all sense of her reality.  The building of the characters and the relationships as the novel wore on were not strong enough to make up for the drop in my interest as the plot unfolded, though I suspect that fans of paranormal romance will gobble this novel up as an original addition to the genre.  If you aren't a fan of the paranormal romance genre, it's still an interesting enough of a read for a plane ride or a leisure day at the beach, but not a series I believe I will continue or a novel I will read again.

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