After the End by Amy Plum
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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 read this book when it first came out last year, and with a sequel coming really soon I found it was a good time to do a review. I read this book in one sitting because it kept me glued to the pages.
This book takes place in Alaska, where a young girl named Juneau has spent her whole life lI ving in her small community. World War III has left what was the world in ruins except for her camp and the survivors within it. How did they survive? They were one with nature. Well at least this is what Juneau thought. It was what she had been told her whole life.
She finds out otherwise when she returns home from a hunting trip to find her entire clan is gone. When she sets out to find them using her powers of nature she finds out they have been lying to her her whole life. But she doesn't have time to think about that. Her clans kidnappers are after her and she doesn't know why. Being chased down wherever she tries to hide, Juneau finds herself teaming up with an unlikely friend named Miles.
The thing about this book is: you either like it or you hate it. It's concept is so interesting and it is really action packed. I have to say I was turning the pages so quickly I'm surprised I didn't have any paper cuts. I loved it because at first it's a dystopian novel, then it turns into a survival road trip in present time. It was so unique and I loved the writing.
The best thing about this book was that the romance didn't take over the plot. It was perfect. Miles and Juneua made me laugh and want to strangle them. But oh did I love it! They are so different. She is a survivalist who doesn't even know what cellphones are. He is the guy who got kicked out of high school. She thinks he's crazy. He thinks she's crazy.
I will say that the last half of the book had so much action I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest! I literally cannot wait for the sequel in May because the ending was gahhhh!! I recommend this book to EVERYONE!