After the End (Anglais) Relié – 6 mai 2014
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“Exciting and tense! Prepare for the unexpected! You’ll stay up all night with this one!” (Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of the Firelight series and Uninvited)
“Amy Plum creates a chilling world where the stakes are high and no one can be trusted. After the End will leave you breathless!” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series)
“Misunderstandings and betrayals abound as Juneau and Miles set off on a road trip through the West, coming to appreciate each other in a slow-moving, believable romance.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“This fast-paced adventure novel pulses with magic, romance, and one humdinger of a cliff-hanger.” (ALA Booklist)
“The fast-paced plot, rife with mystery, successfully moves the story forward. The initial setting of Juneau’s camp is fully realized and portrayed in vivid detail. She is a tough, loyal, and smart protagonist and thoroughly developed. Fans of post-apocalyptic fiction will enjoy this unusual not-quite-dystopian novel.” (School Library Journal)
“Attractive characters and the fresh, present-day setting should hook genre fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)
PRAISE FOR THE DIE FOR ME SERIES“I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.” (Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series)
“Action and drama abound. Plum has done an excellent job of setting up the rules for her creations and following them closely. Fans of this genre will have their appetites reignited by this new addition.” (School Library Journal (starred review) on Die for Me)
“Move over, Bella and Edward. Plum introduces a world and a story that are sure to intrigue teen readers and will easily attract fans of the Twilight series.” (ALA Booklist on Die for Me)
“The lush Parisian setting and gorgeous characters make this an immersing, franchise-ready story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A fast-moving tale of star-crossed lovers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Plum handles the intrigue and builds tension, ending with a major cliffhanger that should compel readers to the final book in the trilogy.” (Kirkus Reviews on Until I Die)
“The historical elements and the magic evoked by the Parisian setting work to paint a full landscape that has a deep otherworldly connection while remaining entirely ordinary in the very best way. The story’s twists and turns are well paced and will have readers captivated.” (School Library Journal on Until I Die)
A swashbuckling final episode with plot twists and unexpected revelations.” (ALA Booklist on If I Should Die)
“Plenty of well-paced tension. The author keeps the narrative moving along at a sprightly pace and handles the suspense well.” (Kirkus Reviews on If I Should Die)
“This last book does not disappoint. Amy Plum is to be congratulated for her creation of the Revenants. It is a fresh and original mythology. It will be interesting to see what Amy Plum will come up with next.” (New York Journal of Books)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Michael Grant's Gone series meets M. Night Shyamalan's The Village in this riveting story of one girl's journey to save the very people who have lied to her for her entire life. Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die for Me series, delivers a fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Marie Lu, Veronica Rossi, and Robison Wells.
Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she'd ever been taught was a lie.
As Juneau comes to terms with an unfathomable deception, she is forced to survive in a completely foreign world, using only the skills and abilities she developed in the wild. But while she's struggling to rescue her friends and family, someone else is after her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about her secret past.
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A present-tense, first-person account with two narrators, it starts off making you wonder if you are in the future, or in an alternate history, as you follow Juneau. The switches to Miles's point-of-view are short but fill in the gaps where Juneau's point-of-view can't each. I don't want to write any spoilers, so let's just say that the two aren't your usual pair on a road trip. Their relationship and the reasons for it are just as unusual as their destination and the way they came to meet.
Enjoy. And then wait impatiently for the sequel, like me.
Oh, and yes, I did read it in a single day.
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Juneau is a young woman raised and living in the Alaskan wild by her father and a close group of friends. She has abilities no one aside from her clan understands. Miles is the progeny of a wealthy man who is ignored for the most part, until he gets involved with his dad's plans to find a mysterious girl. These two teens meet and both their lives change. Each teen takes a turn narrating chapters.
Author Amy Plum writes with fluidity that makes the book easy to get in to. But I'm not a big fan of dual narrators, and I think this novel should have been strictly Juneau's. Her story arc is so huge in scope that it needed more focus. Miles was more of a hurdle you have to jump over to get back to her. You can't really root for him when he knowingly gets involved to hunt Juneau out to get into his dad's good graces. I didn't get a feel for him until near the end of the book.
MILD SPOILERS BELOW:
There were too many coincidences. Juneau needs answers? No problem, she just finds the local homeless person (which I found very offensive), taps into powers, and they'll give her some. She gets hurt running away from some bad guys, and there's, coincidentally, a woman who appears who can help her with that too. Her abilities are strong in the beginning of the book, then conveniently go away, then come back when she really needs them. She doesn't use her abilities when she must. It's too tidy for my taste.
The biggest pet peeve I have is that Juneau was born with a unique eye anomaly, a gold starburst. Everyone who is looking for her is on the lookout mostly for this anomaly...and she doesn't do anything to cover her eyes up. Buy some sunglasses, buy some colored contact lenses! If you are aware that your life is in danger because of this main reason, wouldn't you do something in your right mind to cover it up?
ATE is in itself an anomaly to me. It didn't win me over, but it did manage to hook me into checking in on the next book. I will be looking for it at the library when it comes out though.
I have to admit, I had not even read the synopsis of AFTER THE END before diving in. I knew nothing about what was to come. Heck, I’d gone so far to assume that it was going to be a typical post-apocalyptic adventure story – which I enjoy and was the main reason for wanting to read it. Boy, was I wrong, well, kind of… I am probably one of very few people who will be caught completely off guard by the first major “twist” (although now that I’ve read the synopsis, I see this was not a twist at all – yeah, yeah). It delivered a “woah” moment that I don’t think very many other readers will experience. Haha. I’m so silly. In hindsight I am so, so glad I did not read about the fact that nothing in the beginning of the book is real. In fact, I really wish that they had left that detail out of the synopsis altogether so that other readers could experience the same shock.
That aside, the revelation about the world Juneau has always known really isn’t the point of the story. What’s important is everything that happens after that. (Huh. Maybe this is the “After” that the title is implying.) I love, love, loved seeing Juneau’s natural world collide with that of our modern society. A major geek moment for me was reading about the landmarks she encounters in the city of Seattle. I adore Seattle and Juneau visits some locations that I am highly familiar with.
Juneau’s background is explored in great depth within AFTER THE END. Juneau is quite the enigma and I loved discovering things about her as the story progressed. She is strong, resourceful, someone I could easily be friends with… She makes decisions based on their benefit toward her cause and she is not one to react without thinking. Though some things about her past and her “people” and their ways are still a bit of a mystery, you learn so much about them within only a few hundred pages. Yes, there is a paranormal element behind her and her people, but by the end of the book I bet many readers will wonder if such a culture doesn’t actually exist. The attention to detail is that superb within this book.
On the other end of the spectrum – the “modern” side – is the male lead, Miles. Since the synopsis doesn’t say anything about him at this time, neither will I. But I will say that Miles is one of those characters that I absolutely despised at the beginning of the novel but grew to love. Early on, Miles’ maturity level left me wanting. But by the end of the book – especially at the end of the book – I found myself cheering him on. I think that says something about character progression. While his personality at the beginning made his perspective difficult to swallow, I cannot say the same as the story went on. Eventually I found myself enjoying both views equally, both Miles’ and Juneau’s.
It’s kind of funny. Almost immediately after Juneau and Miles came together in the story, my mind instantly compared them to Dallas and Leeloo in The Fifth Element. She is the mysterious girl with an unusual past and he is her disgruntled guide. Her naivety and innocence matches that of Leeloo. His likability and attitude was at the same level as Dallas. As their journey continues, the two characters clash and connect with each other in memorable ways. It also helps that the book is told in the alternating perspectives of both Juneau and Miles. We get to see both sides of their story and things are unveiled as they each make their own discoveries and are put through trials both together and separately.
I never found the pacing or the story faltering as I read. Road-trip novels and I tend to “click”, so I think AFTER THE END definitely had that in its favor. Another thing I should mention is that I began and completed this novel all in one sitting while making a long flight across the U.S. I gobbled up the pages as though they were a Thanksgiving feast, and when I finished I was left begging for seconds.
A word of warning: AFTER THE END has a killer cliffhanger.
Just be prepared…
- What a step up in both originality, characters and writing for this author! This second series is sure to outshine her first!
- Juneau is a strong and resourceful character that I can easily get behind.
- The dual perspectives maintain balance the scales between the two sides, allowing the reader to more easily see both sides of the story.
- The cliffhanger. Pure. Torture.
- I kind of wanted to understand the modern side of the story more at this point. But this is likely to come. Juneau’s culture is so perfectly fleshed out, I was easily able to excuse the lack of world building provided for the modern side.
- Miles was a difficult character to follow in the beginning.
AFTER THE END will already have a legion of readers begging to devour its story thanks to the author’s previous release. Plus, new readers will appreciate the more accessible story and characters. There is plenty of romance and paranormal elements to satisfy existing fans and plenty of adventure to satisfy the new. I am more of a fan of the author after reading this book and I eagerly await what is to come.
And is it me or Juneau's skills with the bow and whistle was a little to Katniss like?
So Juneau lives her secluded tribe and comes to civilization to look for her people (who were taken away, duh!). Is she shocked to see that the world didn't end as she was told? Not really. She asks about the supposed WWIII to confirm what she suspected: the end of the world was a lie. I never got a sense of shock from Juneau; she seemed to accept rather too fast that her tribe wasn't the only people left on earth.
Even more, she goes shopping at Gap, gets a hair curt from a beauty parlor.... I mean, for someone who's being living in the wilderness all her live and doesn't know anything about civilization, Juneau got used to civilization too fast.
She even knew that she was being tricked into selling some piece of jewelry at a price too low. Okay, she kind of sensed the guy wasn't to be trusted but, where did you get the sense of the worth of money from?
Maybe the author should watch the first episodes of the T.V. series Sleepy Hollow to learn a little about how "uncivilized" people react when faced with civilization.
All in all, the convinience of events bored me to death. Milles (the love interest) was there to fill out pages. The the predictable romance didn't help the book.
I must say the end was... rather different. Ah! and Jenaou's ability was cool too.
Quick & Dirty: After the End by Amy Plum explores the journey of Juneau as she struggles to trust and keep her faith while on a quest to save her family. This is an exciting novel with an original plotline.
Opening Sentence: I crouch low to the ground, pressing my back to the ancient spruce tree, and raise my crossbow in one hand.
Juneau is hunting one day when she hears the planes coming. In her clan, after World War 3, her people have been one with the Yara, living in solitude — but when Juneau arrives back she finds her clan has been kidnapped. The Yara is nature, and Juneau has an extreme connection with it, and with that and some tools she sets out on an adventure to set them free. But all is not as it seems. For one, World War 3 never happened . . . Juneau struggles to understand what she was told was true and what wasn’t, as she and her new companion Miles set off.
Miles is a down-to-earth guy. When a crazy girl who claims to have magical earth powers asks him for help, he does it because his father has been looking for her, and he may be able to get on his good side again if he brings her to him. I liked Miles — he is funny, has an easy to read point of view, and it’s fun to watch as he slowly begins to trust Juneau. Their romance is cute and doesn’t move too fast, so you can see connections starting to form as their relationship deepens.
Most of the time this wasn’t a hard novel to understand. But a few times, with all the different characters claiming different theories, I got confused. And just make sure if you read this you read the top of the new chapters so you don’t accidentally think Miles needs his hair cut to a boylike fashion, as I did once. It took me a page or so before it sank in that I was a dunce and reading from the wrong perspective. As with all the books from multiple POVs, you can never be too careful when seeing which character you’re reading as!
The whole “Yara” was a cool concept. I liked the idea of having a connection with the earth. It isn’t too fantasy-ish to be cheesy, rather it has a certain degree of realisticness, so altogether enjoyable.
After the End has mystery, romance, and betrayal lurking on every page! It is easy to drop into the world of Juneau and slip into her personality. I would recommend this book to anyone who was a fan of Wings by Apprilyne Pike. Although I wouldn’t classify this as dystopian, since really it’s in the modern world, I would still say fans of that genre would enjoy themselves too. This is a quick read with a horribly evil cliffhanger at the end. It’s actually a quite shocking one too. Anyway, check out this book as soon as it comes out!
Nothing happens. My heart seizes with despair. I am no longer connected to the Yara. I feel naked. Powerless.
The sound of screeching tires comes from the highway. I turn to see an army-green Jeep with three passengers swerve across the highway from the left lane in order to catch the exit to the gas station.
I take a split second to access my strength against theirs. I have no doubt they are armed. It’s three against one, and I have only my crossbow and a knife. The odds are against me.
I drop Poe, scoop up my pack from where I had set it in the ground next to the car, and leaping over the gas station’s cement barrier, run at full speed into the pitch-black night.
FTC Advisory: HarperCollins provided me with a copy of After the End. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.