Pretty Surprising with Aliens: A Review of IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta

In the After (In the After #1) 
Demitria Lunetta
400 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

    An alien apocalypse debut, IN THE AFTER, is an action-packed novel that will have you flipping pages faster than you can breathe.

   It’s been three years since the aliens attacked the humans. And for all Amy knows, only she and Baby – the toddler she rescued from a store – are the only ones still alive. But when she and Baby are rescued and taken to New Hope, a city brimming with survivors, Amy’s beginning to question the safety of her new safe haven. And she’s learning that these creatures have a lot more meaning behind their origin.

    IN THE AFTER was amazing. From the first action-filled chapter to the last. By the time I turned the last page, I was astonished at the world Demitria Lunetta created. Incredible. Fantastic. Horrifying. Those three words pretty much sum up her debut.

    I loved pretty much all the characters, apart from the bad guys and the male protagonist – who was sort of annoying. I thought I’d get used to him, but by the end, he just didn’t grow on me. I was glad that Baby had a background story, I kept on wondering about her odd senses during the book.

    The writing wasn’t executed with a flourish. It was choppy and seemed un-descriptive at first. But while reading you won’t even notice, you get used to it and all you’ll be thinking about is the characters and their grim world. You can tell that Demitria Lunetta put a lot of thought in her book, everything was explained in short snippets that comes together in the end.

    Although the ending was pretty surprising and caught me off-guard, it thankfully wasn’t a cliffhanger. I really liked IN THE AFTER and can’t wait for the second book in the so-far epic trilogy.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    Christianna Marks

    July 12, 2013

    I like that you said that the writing wasn't perfect and really bare boned in this one! It makes me wanna pick this up even more. I have a thing for that kind of writing style!

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    July 12, 2013

    I'm glad you liked it. It is next on my reading list.

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    July 12, 2013

    No cliff-hanger, yeah! How I hate those endings.


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    July 12, 2013

    Yay Asma for finishing this! I failed…again. Lol. I just got a finished copy though, so that will push me to read it faster. Hehe. Great review!

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    Tammy Sparks

    July 13, 2013

    I love this too, and I'm posting my review next week. I've been reading mixed reviews, but I thought it was fantastic.