In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Posted June 22, 2014 | 37 Comments

In the End by Demitria LunettaIn the End
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After #2
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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

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37 responses to “In the End by Demitria Lunetta

    • Christy

      I feel so shitty for not liking it more and even having to say negative things about it. But, yeah … 🙁

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you were let down by this one even though you absolutely adored the first book. :/ It always sucks when that happens.

    I actually read a review for this recently and they did enjoy this one but didn’t love it as much as the first book so I get the feeling that I might want to avoid this series.

    Fantastic review, Christy! 🙂

    • Christy

      Aw, that’s why I even hate saying anything sometimes, because I don’t want people to miss out on wonderful (the first book) because of my experience. I hope you try it sometime.

  2. Oh no! It always hurts when I read a second book after LOVING the first and it just doesn’t quite meet the bar set by its predecessor. So disappointing! I’m glad the Amy at the end was at least more the girl your remember from In the After, though it’s such a shame the book ended right as you were getting sucked back in. *sigh* I feel for you Christy, these types of reviews are always the hardest to write:(

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    • Christy

      It sucks the most since I LOVED the 1st book so much and the author is pretty damn cool. I may have a black heart, but I still feel bad about this stuff. lol

  3. To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed with In the After anyway, I mean, I loved the first half, but as soon as they got to New Hope…nope. That just dragged out too, and I just lost interest after that. So I probably will read this eventually, just when… not in a hurry. But disappointing!

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    • Christy

      Oh I loved the second part of the fist book. Hell, I loved all parts of it. 😀 Who knows, though, maybe you’ll end up loving this one. It’s possible!

  4. There are so many times I want to apologize to the author for not loving their book, too!!! Second books can go either way, it’s just the nature of the beast. Were you expectations too high? Were you on another planet from Demitria? Who the hell knows!!!

    Is there going to be another one? I’d be interested in knowing if you’re going to read the next one 😉 I’m a stinker, no?

    • Christy

      No, it’s only a duology, so this is the conclusion. If she decided to add another book, I’d read it.

    • Christy

      I think it’s more disappointing when the last book isn’t as good. I’d rather start out low and end high.

  5. *Sigh* I haven’t read the first book i had ever intention too since last year but now i think i’m not going to 🙁 it always sucks when a sequel doesn’t live up to the first book and let’s you down! Hopefully yur next read is better!

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  6. I’m not familiar with this series, but I am familiar with your disappintment. I’m never quite sure if that disappintment is the book’s fault, or mind for being so hard to please.
    Thanks for the review, Christy!

    • Christy

      I know, and that’s why I hate when books in a series are spread out so far. I may feel differently a year or more later.

  7. This is the first time I come across the series. Sorry to hear that it wasn’t as good as book 1… Hope your next read won’t disappoint you. 🙂

  8. Oh no I’m so bummed to hear this didn’t grab you like the first one did! I really loved In the After and I’m excited to read my copy of this, but this is the second review I’ve read that has me worried. Thank you for your honest, thoughtful review, and sorry this was kind of a disappointment!

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  9. Yes to everything here! In the End was so mediocre compared to the first one, and I didn’t even like the first one that much >.> The Fort Black arc was so dragging, and the NEw Hope one was so rushed D: AND THE LAMEST “LT” CLOSURE EVER. Seriously. In my opinion anyway. I mean I like Jacks a lot, much better than Rice, but I hated the way she chose between them. She didn’t even give Rice an explanation! ARgh.

  10. I am lovin the new look! How do you like WP? I love it!
    As for the book..I think we feel the same about this book. I freaking LOVED book 1 & when I got book 2 as an e arc I was like “YEAAAAHHHH BOOOOOOOOY” until I read it..I wasnt entirely let down, but pretty close. I felt like the story lost some of its magic somewhere. I felt like it went off into left field. If that makes sense. I understand the need for new characters and what not, but I felt like it was an entirely new world. I felt no familiarity.
    I enjoyed it, but it was kind of a let down for me.

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