Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

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.

When THEY attack, Amy is home alone, her father went to the store and her mother to work. Most of the world is dead, but Amy quickly learns how to survive.  Thanks to her dad's way of green living, she has water, a rooftop garden, power and an electric fence.  She learns to scavenge without being heard, and she hasn't spoken a word in years.  When scavenging at a grocery, she finds an injured toddler and takes her home. She names her Baby, and they create their own sign language and live like that for years.  Then the meet Amber. 

They try to help Amber but she brings others to the house, and Amy and Baby escape.  But their journey is short-lived when they are captured by the alien-craft.  They soon find themselves in New Hope, a colony of survivors starting over trying to rebuild society.  At first, it seems like there was safety, food and shelter, but Amy is a curious person and delves deeper into their secrets.  It's not long before Amy is fighting for herself and Baby, and something has to give if either of them is to survive.

In the After is a page-turning dystopian thriller with a compelling heroine.  The bond Amy and Baby form is strong, yet tender and I was hoping for a great outcome for them both.  A romance is alluded to for Amy but it doesn't really go anywhere, so if you're looking for the cookie cutter love triangle, you won't find it here. The world building is riveting, the pace fast and the plot tense and hopeful.  I can't wait for the next one!! 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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