After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum ebook, 352 pages May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen ARC from Netgalley Goodreads| Amazon| B & N | TBD
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
I'm probably one of the very few people who ended up not liking this book despite the promising premise it offered. I know how tricky it is to come out with an original idea for a YA dystopian these days since it seemed as if so many of the books are quite similar to one another. There's the pre-requisite chosen main girl or boy living in a bleak future world, the supposedly deceptive environment where the characters are lead to believe one thing is happening when in fact the truth is different, some conflict to compel the main character to take action and conveniently fall in love along the way.
Now, don't get me wrong the plot is not all that bad (compared to reading about falling in love with a vampire/werewolf/demon/some kind of paranormals) but after reading countless books with the same formula, it just get very tedious. And as much I like how resourceful Juneau turned out to be, I just find myself drifting out of interest quite easily when reading the book. And the concept of worshiping or connecting with the Yara or Mother Earth is just confusing in my opinion.