Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After #2
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.
Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.
One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.
In the End … honestly, I kind of don’t even want to talk about it. In the After was one of my Top Picks of 2013, I loved it! I even bought copies for other readers in my life. So In the End easily became one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. I was ecstatic when I got it and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Then I read it.
I took some time to think about it and let my feelings sort out after I finished it, because I wasn’t sure how I felt. I did know that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with it. After some time, I can say that I liked it but didn’t love it, and that I’m somewhat disappointed. I hate to even say that because I can see that it is good, but it doesn’t measure up when compared to the first book. And that’s what makes it more of a downer for me. A likable downer? Oh hell, I don’t know!
I loved Amy so much in the first book, but she annoyed me more often than not this time around. I completely understand that she was suffering from PTSD because of the Ward, but I just wasn’t feeling a connection with her. So much about her felt forced and off kilter. Maybe it was me. Maybe we grew apart. However, the Amy I saw towards the end felt more like the Amy I used to love. Go figure.
Then there is Jack, the nice tattoo artist. I’m not even going to call this a love-triangle because Amy honestly didn’t plan to see Rice again. Besides, I like that she didn’t settle with the first guy she had any sort of feelings for without exploring a bit. I liked Jack, I really did. I just didn’t care for the way a certain situation went down at the end, and then left it there.
The book is broke into three parts. I didn’t care much for the first part, but the second part got a little better. Then my interest picked up tremendously during the third. The majority of the first two take place at Fort Black, where Amy was supposed to be looking for Ken, a doctor who might be able to help her rescue Baby. I could have done without a lot of what went down at Fort Black, it just felt dragged out. Like the whole situation with Tank, all that did was cause several eye rolls because it was so cliche.
Amy did make some pertinent discoveries while at Fort Black, but like I said, it dragged and could have been condensed. Instead, I wish the last part of the book had been extended. Just when I was finally getting into it, the book ended. I was surprised (not in a good way) when I reached the last page. Not that it was horrible or anything. I just wanted more of what happened after those last scenes instead of so much Fort Black. I would have been happy with at least an epilogue!
So. Yeah. In the End didn’t quite do it for me as a conclusion for the duology. I can’t even tell you how much it kills me to say that. Listen, if you’ve read In the After, then don’t hesitate to read this. There’s a good chance you will feel differently than I do. If you haven’t read the first book yet, please don’t miss out on its awesomeness because of my feelings for this one. Give it a shot!
In the After