Monday, July 1, 2013

Mark This Book Monday: In The After by Demitria Lunetta!!

And here's the second review of the day! Written while watching Warm Bodies (again) and having some nice chai! Ah, the joys of being in India on vacation!

So for the second Mark This Book Monday I want to introduce you guys to another dystopian story that is NOT just another dystopian story!

In The After by Demitria Lunetta.

I had high expectations for this book and it really did deliver!

I was so engrossed reading the final pages of it that even the bf commented on how "intensely" I was reading. I'm even tempted to give 4 and a half stars!

The book is divided into three parts, with the first part being all about introducing us to Amy and to the world where she lives, the After.

The After is a postapocaliptic world of sorts, one were They started eating humans and the world as we knew it, the Before, collapsed.

Amy is home when They arrived, so she managed to survive hunkered at home, due to having a set of unusual parents with unusual house set ups who managed to provide her with self-sustaining energy and a barrier of protection. She learns to survive by avoiding daylight, being silent and in the process learns a few things about Them, like the fact that night time is when it's safer to roam, and that they have poor eyesight, so if you stay still and quiet you might survive.

The first part of the book deals with Amy surviving in the After with Baby, a toddler she found one night during a provisions run to a supermarket. Both of them survive pretty well for three years, keeping each other company and keeping each other sane. Then things start changing and Amy and Baby end up in New Hope.

That's when part two starts, New Hope is a place where humans are safe from Them, so there's no need for silence and you don't have to fear the daylight. The best part of this is that the book has a double narrative, both on Amy's POV, but one is the past and the other is the present. You keep on learning more about New Hope and all the lights and shadows of the place.

The second and third parts are equally as disquieting and uncomfortable as the first part, when you were trying to survive a world full of Them. On the second part Amy has to adapt to a world where They aren't present all the time, and the focus is on ensuring the human race goes on. And there are plenty of secrets on New Hope and plenty of darkness without Them, except that, are humans really safe from Them?

A great story, with quite a few twists turned into it that will leave you thinking about it for quite a while! I can't wait for the next one and see what the author has in store for us!

1 comment:

  1. I really loved In the After too! Just an really wonderful take on the typical alien invasion story. I loved Lunetta's writing and characters. So happy you loved it too.


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