Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Posted July 25, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments

Book Review: In the After by Demitria LunettaIn the After by Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After #1
Published by Harper Teen on June 25th, 2013
Genres: science fiction, young adult
Pages: 455
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

I liked In the After so much, you guys! I was wrapped up in this book from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it. I find this strangely amusing because I didn’t find the creature description intimidating at all. They did not scare me, and I sort of pictured them as human-sized Godzillas. LOL. If you decided to read it, when you get to the part where there are described, you will see why I got that mental picture. But even though they did not particularly scare me, that does not mean I didn’t find this book wildly entertaining, because I did.

I am almost completely shocked that this was the author’s first book. One of the things that impressed me most was the world-building. It was vivid, atmospheric, believable, and incredibly interesting. There was the right amount of exposition but still enough mystery to keep you guessing. I love books about aliens and I love books about zombies, and here you get the best of both worlds. I think most people will probably be scared by the creatures, but even if you aren’t, it doesn’t really affect your enjoyment of the book, at least it didn’t bother me.

It’s a little similar to The 5th Wave in a couple areas but the books differ a lot of ways too. If you were disappointed in the lack of action in the former book (I was), you may be more satisfied with In the After. I think some readers may like both, but I do think you will end up favoring one or the other. I sometimes prefer the action and quick pacing in these types of books, and I don’t generally look to YA dystopias to provide me with answers to life’s questions like The 5th Wave did. It’s totally my expectations that got in the way there, I know, but we prefer what we prefer.

The other thing is that I pretty much disliked the characters in The 5th Wave, but I loved them here. Amy was strong, determined, and loving. Her decision making was pretty much spot on, and I loved how she fought for what she believed in. She goes through a few moral dilemmas and always manages to do the right thing even when the decision is not so easy to make. The other characters were pretty awesome as well. They were the right balance of flawed, real, and likable, and the bad character was very bad, yet still multi-dimensional, which is so important. The love interest was perfectly imperfect and I loved him as well.

It’s not a perfect book, and the ending disappointed me a little (as most endings seem to be doing lately), but still ended up being a pretty solid book and one that I enjoyed very much. I don’t think it’s a book that’s going to stand out in my mind very long, and I think I made the right decision to give it 4 stars instead of 5–I was hesitant there for a few minutes–but I definitely think it’s a great book for Sci-Fi lovers and those that are looking for a exciting book that really makes you keep turning those pages late into the night. Most books these days have a tough time keeping my interest, but I had ZERO issues with that here. Highly recommended.


18 responses to “Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

  1. I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this book, but I think this was the most in depth review I’ve read. Not that you over-analyzed it, but I feel like I have a much better idea of what I’m getting into with it … And now I totally want it. 🙂 Fabulous review!

  2. I’d totally written this one off, but apparently I need to read it. Lol at the 5th Wave comment. Boo on endings. I’ve heard the second half is a bit of a disappointment. BUT I’ll read this someday if I can!

  3. I’ve had this on my Kindle for awhile now, but just never got around to reading it. I do love a good action-packed story, so it’s nice to know it has that going for it. I’m a bit burned out on dystopians and was feeling hesitant about giving this one a try. I’ve been struggling with books keeping my attention lately, too. Great review!

  4. Amy

    I really like this one too. I listened to it on audio and thought it was very well done. I didn’t really find it to be too creepy either. I did enjoy the story though. The second half seemed to lag a bit for me, but it was still a great book.

  5. I think I may be one of the only ones who has yet to read the 5th Wave, so I didn’t fully understand the allusions/comparisons you made, but you’ve made me undeniably curious about this one. The atmospheric world, and a world of zombies and aliens? Action packed? A strong, determined heroine? Great writing and a perfectly imperfect romantic interest? Yes, please. (Also, re: endings – Yeah… I’m with you there. Lately they all don’t seem to quite *fit*)

  6. Ooh, you were totally into this one, huh? NICE. I meant to read it from Edelweiss but I had SO many at that point that I accidentally let my copy of this one expire. It sounds so good though! I’m glad you were able to really like the characters, Kara!

  7. Oh yay! I need a good fast paced book to read! I have this book on my physical pile so maybe I will add it to my TBR next week. Also, lol Godzilla humans.

    I liked The 5th Wave a lot, but see the points that you are making about it being slow. SOOOOO I think that I need to read this is my point, because sometimes you don’t need a lot of philosophy but action, yo.

    • Yup! Action books are more my think. I don’t mind philosophy, it just has to be in the right type of book for me. The 5th Wave wasn’t it. But I still liked it enough.

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