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In the After

In the After

Написано Demitria Lunetta

Озвучено Julia Whelan


In the After

Написано Demitria Lunetta

Озвучено Julia Whelan

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Attack.
Not isolated.
Fate of Americans: unknown.

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive — and even rescue "Baby," a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket.

Then, 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.

You'll tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

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Chicago native Demitria Lunetta is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a faithful follower of all things YA on her blog www.demitrialunetta.blogspot.com. She holds a BA in Human Ecology and has spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, she always carries a good book and a chocolate bar—the two items essential for postapocalyptic survival.


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  • (5/5)
    The world is ending. Before, life was normal. Everything was going great. Until "they" came. They are floraes, which cant be seen normally. They hunt in the night, moving at almost the speed of light, devouring us, people. Amy is home alone when the out-break happens. She is watching a T.V. show and it is cut off by an important government broadcast. The broadcast says they are attracted to light, sound, heat, and movement. She waits, thinking it is fake. Her parents never show up. Her mom works for the government. So there house is very protective, with electric fences. She hears screams and she looks out the window to see a person getting devoured by a florae. She doesn't leave the house until she runs out of food. When she finally leaves the house, she finds a supermarket a couple of blocks away. She finds a baby, who is not making a single sound, who is in a stroller. Amy takes the baby, which she calls her baby, to her house. Baby has super sonic hearing and can hear the floraes coming. SheWhen she cant find anymore food in the stores, she starts to scavenge from other houses. One time when she was scavenging, she was caught, and almost killed, She and baby manages to escape. As they are bathing in a lake, they get picked up by these people, who apart of this organization called "New Hope". Once they get there, Amy finds her mom. As happy as she is, she wants to leave. She finds out they want to perform surgery on baby to find out why she has super sonic hearing. Also there is this group who is trying to sabotage the outside of new hope and take over them. So Amy also feels unprotected and tries to escape, and the trainers help her. But she leaves baby with them to protect her and not let the do surgery on her. Once amy leaves, she starts to run to Fort black, another colony farther north. I though the book was suspenseful. The reason why is because when they explained when they got caught by floraes, it was freaky. I also thought is was almost apocalyptic. Reason why is because it was almost like civilization was coming to an end, and they couldn't do anything.
  • (5/5)
    I really love this book!! It is one of my favorites. I got really uncomfortable when Amy met Jake. I honestly, was glad that he died becuase, he was creepy and a pedo!! Amy was really smart!! She taught Baby sign language! That is pretty impresive! Summary: One day, Amy is watching TV when the president intrudes her broadcast. He explains the invasion of the unknown species. When those creatures invade, they kill half of the planet! This monsters don't like darkness or thunder and rain. Amy's dad is gone and her mom is working at her job in the government. Amy survives in her house for a couple weeks then she runs out of food and goes out at night to scavenge. She goes to a store and meets a 3 or 4 year old child and names her Baby. They survive together for 3 years so far!! And they continue their quest, for survival...
  • (5/5)
    This book is about a 16-year old girl named Amy. Amy lived in a good World until one day. Amy was watching TV and her family were all gone. Her Mother works in a scietific Lab and her dad was a
  • (4/5)
    Amy is in her living room when it happens , when ''them'' come. They attack her world leaving her alone. Amy quickly has to adapt to living in a silent but deadly world. Behind the safety of her house she survives. When she finds baby in an abandoned supermarket, a toddler that managed to survive, she posed as a threat. Amy and Baby though soon build a strong relationship. Soon they figure out they were not the only ones that survived and quickly flee their protective home. When all seems lost they are rescued , and taken to New Hope. New Hope though slowly In the After, By Demitria Lunetta is about a girl named Amy. In my opinion I don't think Amy's character was given much development when the book started out. Though through out the book she was given a bit more character. Other then that this book was great! I Liked the fact that the book was scary and kept you in suspense but not scary enough to keep someone up to the point where they can't sleep. The ending is what frustrated me , it was a cliff-hanger and I didn't like that. Overall I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for young adult readers , rather than kids. I gave this book a 4 star rating because it was written quite well , but some parts of the story were confusing and it seems that some characters and events weren't needed. I enjoyed this book though and highly recommend it to those who like a good scare.
  • (5/5)
    Amy and Baby survived Them for years. They hid away in Amy's house behind the protection of a barbed wire fence and an abundance of solar power energy. They run out and get food at night when They are asleep. Amy and Baby are some of the last humans left. Or so they think. When Amy and Baby are forced to leave their home, they are found by a ship, that when on board, contains other survivors. They are taken to New Hope, where everything is great. There is plenty of food and safety from Them. Everything is fine until Amy realizes something that changes everything... In the After is an amazing book. It is scary, suspenseful, unexpected, and above all amazing. I loved this book for its unexpected ending and for all the things you never would expect, which takes up half the book. The author, Demitria Lunetta, spends her days studying how humans can bring upon their own doom, which definitely shows up in the book. Throughout the book you believe something big, but at the end, you realize its not true. This book is fantasy, but is so terrifically written you think its real. This book scares you half to death, makes you so happy you could cry, and makes you so sad you can barley breathe. This book is truly a work of art.
  • (4/5)
    In The After is a book about a girl named Amy who is in the middle of an alien invasion. Later now Amy finds a baby that she calls baby. Next Amy and Baby start seeing ship that Amy and baby believe belong to the creatures. Soon Amy and Baby find a girl named Amber that got Amy and Baby's shelter taken away form a group of boys.After that one of the ships catch Amy and Baby to Amy's surprise was filled with people. The ship took Amy and Baby to a protected place from the creatures called new hope. New hope has a strict set of rules that Amy wants to avoid by becoming a guardian.Soon after a group of creatures now called Floreas Breaks in and almost destroys new hope.Later Amy is sent to the ward which is basically a prison. Later Amy's friends help break her out of the ward. Lastly Amy leaves new hope and baby to not be put in the ward again and Amy starts her new goal to go to a place called Fort Black.
  • (1/5)
    In the book the protagonist, Amy watches on the news as the so called 'them' land in a major city. The time and location of the event is not told. 'They' are identified by news crews as aliens. The aliens hunger for human flesh constantly and can run as fast as cars. Amy survives by bieng extremely quiet and hididng in her house which has an electric fence, because her mother was a government official. Amy presumes her parents are dead and lives a life of solitude, she has a decent rooftop garden which sustains her. The solar pannels on her house power the electric fence day and night. When amy becomes particulary hungry one night she travels to a supermarket and finds a toddler who she names baby. The toddler has obviously been very quiet so amy takes her home. While living with baby a helicopter comes down one day and captures Amy and baby. They are taken to a survivor city called new hope. The scientists there are very secritive and amy's curious nature gets in her in to mild trouble. One day she finds out that her mother is at new hope and wanders into a lab where they are testing 'them' with suringes. Amy discovers that 'they' where all originaly people and the infection started when a researcher broke his test tube of the toxin and became a monster. The plague rapidly spread after that. Amy escapes new hope and hopes that her mother is ok.
  • (2/5)
    One of the things that bothers me most in reading is the poorly executed, embarrassingly bad book that has received high praise elsewhere. One example is Mira Grant's Feed, whose awards I found frustrating and misplaced. But that's another topic. In the After is not in that category, but the rejoinder is that it hasn't won awards. I will give no spoilers, but the book reads like something written by an eager but inexperienced high school student. What appears intended as foreshadowing is actually telegraphing. There are few surprises. The book cannot rest on our interest in the protagonist, because she is insufficiently fleshed out to make up for the missteps that made me cringe. Read at your own risk.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. You couldn't ask for a more exciting read. It reminded me of when I first read Hunger Games and The Forest of Hands an Teeth. There was the rush of reading a really enjoyable book, followed by the letdown and impatience of having to wait for the next book.
  • (5/5)
    I AM FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW!!!Why did I wait so long to read this book? This is be best book I have read in a LOOOOONG time. I am seriously obsessed with this book and need book two! Right now! I need to know what happens next! Also, Can I just say, I never wanted to put this book down. I literally started this book to be a "read in between books", little did I know, it made me put down every other book I was reading, it drew me in so well.I thought In The After was written brilliantly! I can't say I loved all the characters, but I love how each and every one was written. You connect to every single one of them... even if you really wish you didn't. Lol The setting was so freaking realistic as well. So the story didn't just draw you in, it transported you there and YOU are Amy. There are a few times I thought I would pass out from hyperventilating or something but I literally could NOT put this book down. That ending killed me. It used my heart as a freaking chew toy, spat it out, and stomped on the remains. I couldn't deal!!! (would this mean I would be sent to the Ward? *shudders in fear*)I demand to know what happens next!!! I'll go nuts if I don't find out soon. I hope justice prevails! *Few Characters*Amy; I thought she was very mature for her age. I admit when she first comes onto the scene, she seemed like one of those snobby uppty people that make you want to go "Mean girls" on em. But once the world goes to crap, she really steps up and blows you away.Baby; She is such a mystery. Even by the end of the book, I'm left wanting to know more about her. I am so attached, I think I would squall my eyes out if anything happened to her.Rice; Can't stand his name and up till the last chapter, I couldn't stand him. Even now, I am honestly still a bit wary of him. I am not sure why, I just feel like he might not can be trusted fully.Amber; I don't think I have ever wanted to punch someone so hard in my life. She got off way to freaking easy. Yes, I read the book, I know her outcome, I still think she got off to easy. Heck! I even think letting her be Florae bait/chow would be to easy for her. I really hate her. I know it's the end of the world, but there are just lines you do NOT cross, especially when a baby is involved. She is just plain trashy!Kay; Omg, be my friend. Please. Train me! She is so freaking awesome and kick butt! How could you NOT like her!?Amy's mother; I am so conflicted. I hated her through the whole book up until literally the last part of the book with the last conversation Amy and her have. Then I understand why she did some of the things she did. Still ticks me off though so I guess I can say, I don't hate her, but I don't like her either. Also I guess you could say, if she was eaten, "ehhhhh that sucks, moving on!" would probably be my only remark. Unless she redeems herself in book two.Dr Reynolds; Could you be any more sadistic, you pansy!? There is absolutely nothing to like about this scumbag! What could possibly drive a person to be so cruel and twisted? I mean really! Though I am sure if the real world ended, there would be tons of Dr Reynolds.... It's depressing. Any who. He is on the same level as Amber in my opinion. I can't stand either of them. All in all, In The After blew me away and rocked my socks! Lol Would defiantly highly recommend.
  • (5/5)
    Amy is home alone when it happens. "They" have come. They are the floreas, green discusting monsters that eat humans. The human race is wiped out except for Amy. Amy now lives in silence, alone. The only thing keeping Amy safe is and electric fence that perimeters her house. Amy was surviving off of her fathers vegetable garden which limited her diet to tomatoes. The plants were dying and Amy needed food to survive. Amy bravely leaves her house and raids the shelfs of canned food in a grocery store. In that grocery store Amy finds a 3 year old shovleing her face with grapes. Amy takes the girl and protects her, and names the girl Baby. Amy and Baby make up their own form of sign language and survive in peace for years. About three years pass when Amy and Baby found a teenager standing nervously in front of a grocery store. Baby convinces Amy to take the girl home to live with them. The girls name is Amber, and Amber soon betrays Amy and Baby retreating to a gang lead by her brother. Amy and Baby are more careful than ever now that there are more humans alive that will do anything to survive. Soon after the depart of Amber, Baby and Amy notice black hovering objects in the sky. At first, Amy thought they could me ships from the floraes, until she and Baby were captured by one. The hovering ships had humans in them, taking other humans in the After to a place called New Hope. After being taken from the After, Amy discovers that new hope is run by her mother who turns out to be alive. This book was probably the best book i have ever read. It was a little confusing here and there but i still enjoyed it. It was a quick read and a real page turner, as the reviews from famous people say. The book had a lot of action and a little drama, considering that many close people to Amy died. I also liked the fact that there was no boring dramatic, romance parts. I would definitely suggest this book to people who like action stories.
  • (3/5)
    Not sure that I like the amount it flips back and forth from past to present. But it’s well written.
  • (4/5)
    In the After by Demitria Lunetta is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival.One day Amy is watching TV while her mom is at work and her dad is at the market when the news gets disturbing. Finally focusing, Amy realizes that aliens have landed and they are hungry. In hours most people are dead. Amy survives by not leaving her house and studying the aliens, which she call Them. Thankfully, her mom was security conscience and there is an electric fence around her house that They cannot penetrate. Amy figures out how to avoid being eaten by these creatures who really aren't smart, just lethal. On one foraging trip, Amy finds Baby and takes her home. Baby is a survivor; she can be still and she hears amazingly well. They have each other.Of course in all post-apocalyptic tales, you have the good and the bad, which can be debated. Amy meets some of the bad elements left over but, mostly, she and Baby are alone. The novel takes a turn about half-way through when we learn about other survivors and how they have lived. It's a tense, thrilling novel. Would you survive?
  • (3/5)
    Amy is living in a silent world in order to keep the alien creatures that invaded earth from devouring her whole. Her only company a toddler she named Baby.This book is exactly what I want in a futuristic, Earth has gone to shit scenario; fast paced, awesome characters, and top notch world building. I connected with Amy very quickly. The way the author presents her and her thoughts just made it so easy. I found myself empathizing with her and her plight within the first chapter. It is rare that I connect with a character so quickly.The pacing was practically perfect. Filled with edge of your seat action. Even the parts that focus on Amy hiding out in her home kept me frantically wanting to know what was to come next.(Minor complaints)I felt the novel lost some of its momentum in the middle, but thankfully it picked back up quickly. The love interest. Was. Not. Feeling. It. Hoping he'll grow on me as the series continues.(End of minor complaints)In the After is a novel that is both engaging and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this series start and can't wait for more!
  • (5/5)
    They hear everything, they are faster than anything you've ever seen and they won't stop until your dead. Amy has an ordinary teenage life and is a normal teenage girl until the one day they world is attacked by Them. These fast creatures our devouring and eating everyone on the planet and can't be stopped. Most of the world's population has dropped but Amy and Baby manage to survive and even rescue a toddler she named "Baby". The girls do everything they can to not get caught by Them. After years and years of hiding from the creatures they finally get rescued and taken to a new place, New Hope. At first the colony seems like a dream come true with plenty of food, safety, shelter, New Hope slowly becomes something far from ideal. If things don't change for Amy, she'll loose Baby and everyone else she cares about. This book definitly kept me reading for hours! It was very thrilling at points but also sad and surprsing. I think they should make a sequel to In The After! Great book
  • (3/5)
    I love post apocalyptic and zombie books because I enjoy reading about how people can adapt and survive even the most unthinkable circumstances. In the After was a little post-apocalyptic thriller, a little zombie-ish, a little sci-fi alien invasion and a little bit dystopian. So many of the elements I enjoy wrapped up in one book, it's easy to see why I was so excited to read this and maybe why I had such high expectations for it.

    I absolutely enjoyed the beginning of the book. The world building in the opening scenes painted a vivid picture of how quickly the world became a terrifying and dangerous place inhabited by creatures drawn to light and sound. I was fascinated by the way Amy and Baby had created a non-verbal way of communicating that was based on sign language but was adapted to work in their specific circumstances. I thought that the author did a great job creating a feeling of resignation and hopelessness in the characters but still that spirit to survive and persevere.

    Where In the After fell short for me was in the second half, after Amy & Baby's "rescue". I spent most of the book feeling alternately confused and annoyed with the direction that the story seemed to be taking. The dystopic society that was created didn't seem entirely plausible and just felt loosely constructed. The interactions between the characters felt awkward and artificial, the romance wasn't believable, and most of the relationships felt forced. This was a bit of a disappointment since I had so enjoyed the world building in the beginning.

    Ultimately, In the After was an okay read. I don't know if I will continue with the series since I didn't really like the direction the story went. However, I would still recommend it to fans of zombie, post apoc, sci fi, and dystopic themed books.
  • (5/5)
    This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I'm pretty sure it just became one of my favorites.
  • (5/5)
    What's better than aliens? Zombies! And what's better than that? Zombie aliens!

    I love post-apocalyptic novels, especially zombie ones. This book has good characterization, great setting descriptions, and a wonderful emotional appeal.

    I would like to think that I could be one of the last survivors, but unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I would probably be one of the first to die. Maybe if I read enough of these novels I can learn some extra survival skills to make it through the first days of the end of the world.
  • (5/5)
    This had a twist I did not see coming! It was a well written YA post apocalyptic story but not what I expected. Since I read A LOT of this genre that is saying something. Well done!
  • (4/5)
    How well would you cope if one day your dad was at the store, your mom is also away from the house and the world is turned upside down in a heartbeat. Them appear and in a very short time, civilization crumbles as these flesh-eating, super quick creatures start killing everyone. Amy is lucky because her dad set their house up to be as close to self-sufficient as possible. She has solar power, water and an electric fence that repels the creatures when they come near. It doesn't take long for her to go from an average teen, worrying about peers and guys, to being able to outwit, and if necessary, kill the scary predators that are now a huge part of her reality.One scavenging trip garners her a completely unexpected prize in Baby. The toddler is hiding in a store when Amy goes there to scavenge canned goods. She takes Baby home with her and for several years, they survive, bond and even create their own sign language. When Amy makes the mistake of rescuing Amber and taking her in, the new girl brings her friends to the safe compound and Amy and Baby must flee. Their journey through the scary world that remains, eventually lands them at New Hope, a colony of survivors hoping to start over and find a way to destroy Them.However, all isn't as it seems in New Hope. Amy makes several startling discoveries as her curiosity forces her to investigate things that don't make sense in the new place. She pays a painful price for her knowledge, both physically and emotionally. In the end, she's faced with a decision that is a neat lead into the next book which I'll be reading and reviewing shortly.This isn't for younger teens or anyone squeamish because of the flesh devouring Them and the violence accompanying their behavior, but fans of really overwhelming dystopia will like this one a lot.
  • (5/5)
    Amy is home alone when the world turns to chaos. Alien type creatures that are attracted to all noise attack and decimate the population. Luckily her parents built a great house with fencing that they can not get through. As time goes on she adapts to the new world she lives in, rescues a toddler that she found in a grocery store and learns to live in silence and isolation. CRAZY!! There was so many twists, turns, danger, and action that I don't know where to start. I got so into IN THE AFTER that I found myself not talking and trying to be silent. If only my kids would have gotten on board with that. Amy makes the book. Her character is fierce and adaptable. She plows through issues and makes sure all decisions made are the right ones. Although she is only 17 her experiences have hardened her and she is unforgiving. I can not think of any point in the book that I did not agree with the way she handled something. Without Baby the toddler she found in a grocery store she would be alone. She teachers her, raises her and looks after her like she were her own family and they have a really close bond. There are a lot of dark and down right freaky moments in IN THE AFTER. Situations are so well described that you feel like you are right smack dab in the middle of them. The book is long but I still read it at a nice fast pace that left little room to do anything like clean, or feed the kids, or sleep.... Oh they are still alive don't worry they have learned to feed themselves ;)I will leave you with my final thoughts. I loved it from the moment I picked it up until the moment it ended.
  • (4/5)
    The set-up is so creepy, I cannot imagine these aliens, Them. They are so strong, but Amy luckily finds their weaknesses and even though her parents don't survive, their eccentricities from life helps her to survive in this almost post-apocalyptic setting. At first Amy thinks she is alone, the last person alive, but then she finds Baby, and runs into people slowly. I loved the sisterly relationship between Amy and Baby, it kept me emotionally invested in the story while the encounters with Them, and the challenges of staying alive kept me involved with action and plot. I was eager to find out more about this strong alien, why they are there, and how they got there. How others besides Amy survived, and where this mysterious group of other survivors mentioned in the synopsis would come into play. Demitria Lunetta gives those answers little pieces at a time, and keeps me reading with her great world building and attention to detail. Its intense, a little gritty, and the pacing is great throughout. I enjoyed Amy's character, she is smart, snarky and resourceful. While she does what she has to in order to survive, she has a heart that is big and beautiful. She rescues Baby, and she takes in others. She still cares for others despite what she went through. The jumps in time starting around 30% confused me though. I know that was the point because we are in Amy's head and she obviously doesn't know what is going on either. When I started getting suspicions of why she was drugged and confused I didn't like it but I knew that it was all part of the storyline, and like a sucker punch to the gut. I didn't have it all right, but there were a few things I was right about and then other twists that caught me completely by surprise. There was a hint of romance, and I hope that the next book advances it a little more, but I am okay with that. It was kind of refreshing for that not to be a driving factor in the book. The ending is crazy, and all that it should have been for the book except that it was a bit of a cliffie but it left me yearning for the next book which I will definitely be reading. Bottom Line: Chilling story of survival
  • (5/5)
    This book was excellent. I started reading it one night, after the power went out. I lost track of time, as I sat there, reading by candlelight. Hours ticked by, and finally, the power came back on. I was about 2/3 through this book, when I went back to whatever I was doing before the power went out. But, I couldn't shake this book. So, I went back to it, and finished it that night. I just couldn't put it down.

    It's the story of an alien invasion. A young girl named Amy is stranded, after her parents were killed. She bunkers down in her house, which was quite fortified, because her parents were crazy hippy survivalist nuts. The house even had an electric fence that surrounded it, which actually help keep the aliens out.

    She watches as the invaders tear through town, feasting on sweet human flesh. She stays quiet, because she learns that the aliens have extra sensitive hearing. She finds a girl in a supermarket who is only a couple years old, but somehow she had survived the attack. The toddler tries to talk, but Amy keeps her quiet, and even teaches her sign language, from a book her parents had in their library.

    While I was getting near the end of this book, I was worried. I kept thinking of ways the author could screw up the ending. But I was pleasantly surprised. The ending was just as good as the rest of the book, if not better. It was just fucking amazing.
  • (4/5)
    This is a great YA dystopian novel. The action is fast, leaving you on the edge of your seat. I held my breath when Amy found Baby. I cherished their relationship as it grew and deepened. My heart was in my throat when Amy and Baby were taken to New Hope; as they discovered what had truly happened and realized what was going to happen next. I can't tell if I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment or am dreading it because I don't want to see what happens in case its not how I would have liked it to be. So many dystopian YA's have gut wrenching endings I don't know if I can stand another!
  • (3/5)
    Amy was watching TV when she first learned of them. They hear the most silent of footsteps. They are faster than anything you've ever seen and they won't stop chasing you until your dead. As far as Amy knows she is the only human left in the after. She was safe behind her electric fence that her scientist mom had put up to protect her top-secret work. When Amy is getting food one night she discovers a little girl silently eating grapes making no noise what so ever. Amy can’t just leave her there so she takes her home with her and names her baby. They form a modified type of sign language, which they use to communicate. After a few years they find amber and baby fall instantly in love with her. It turn out amber was using them to find a place for her gang to live safely. Baby and Amy are forced to leave and live outside. One day the notice black objects in the sky that is taking the creatures away. A few days later they are captured and taken away to New Hope. There she discovers her mother is still alive and she now has a baby brother. Amy finds out that the creatures are called flora and are people that have been infected not aliens, because of her knowledge Amy must escape new hope and go to fort black leaving baby behind. In The After was not the best book. It was very confusing in the third part. one minute you where reading about her in the ward the next she wasn't in the ward. I did enjoy the first and second part of the book. Those two parts where very interesting. There is a second book that i would like to read that will hopefully help me understand this book.
  • (5/5)
    It all happened on a normal day when of a sudden They came. What seemed to be aliens landed on earth and quickly spread all around the world killing people. There seemed little hope of survival in this now soundless world. A girl only 14 years old managed to live through this life. The world familiar to Amy is now known as before and now they live in the After. Her parents seemed to have died in the after and am only lived due to the rain collector, electric fence, solar panels and vegetable garden left behind for her. After a while she found a child in the grocery store and was willing to let (baby) die if a sound came out of her due to her losing humanity being alone. Amy taught baby a secret sign language to replace talking and showed her hoe to go out unheard at night only due to the bad sight at night, smell and careful hearing of Them. She also met two people other than Baby still out there a girl named Amber and a Guy named Jake. Amy killed Jake with a car siren due to him being a threat and Amber lived but couldn’t think anymore due to surgery later in the book. After three years in this soundless world, Baby and Amy were taken to a civilization where they met a boy age 17 named Rice and Amy’s mother. Slowly Amy figures out how they first came and is in danger of dying. Soon some people save her and she is taken away to a different sanctuary. Amy now knows how They first came, who the bad guy is, and what happens when They get you.
  • (4/5)
    The world has been attacked by Florae and Amy thinks she is the only survivor. Any noises attract the aliens.Amy had nothing and no one until she met Baby. Baby was only a little girl when Amy met her,but she grows up. Amy and Baby have a secret sign language so they can communicate in silence..Amy has and Baby are taken to the New Hope to live without the Florae. Baby fits right in,but Amy is put in a gifted group and starts making friends. Amy decides she wants to hunt the Florae, but finds out that her mom she found in the New Hope, knows how the Florae came about. Amy wants to hunt the Florae and kill them, but she finds out that Vivian her new friend was turned into one. The Florae was a scientific breakout, and Amy’s mom was part of it.Demetria Lunetta had an idea that developed into something so much more.This is story about survival and making the impossible possible. She has created an unforgettable story that shows what love really is and how to make the best of the worst. Ms. Lunetta has written an extraordinary sci-fi story. Just when you think all is well, the world is shaken up.
  • (4/5)
    “This is how I think of time: the past is Before, and the present is the After. Before was reality; the After, a nightmare.”In The After was one of my most anticipated releases for 2013. So of course when I was given the chance to read it early I couldn't resist. Thankfully In The After not only met but actually exceeded my expectations!Amy and Baby haven't spoken in years. To speak is to die.The only noise comes from Them, the zombie like creatures who've taken over the planet. Amy and Baby have survived due in part to Amy's father being Eco-Friendly. If it wasn't for the solar panels powering Amy's electric fence Amy and Baby might very well be dead. After coming across another survivor, Amy and Baby are betrayed. Now reunited with people for the first time in years, Amy and Baby must adapt to a new world order run under the thumb of someone from Before and a Doctor whose intentions aren't as genuine as they appear.While I love this book it is the incredible characters who sell the story. Amy is 14 years old when the "Aliens" arrive. She's a typical teenager who grows up hard and fast. Amy is left all alone in The After until the day she stumbles upon Baby in an abandoned store eating spoiled grapes. She knows taking the toddler with her is dangerous but decides to save her anyway. Much to Amy's surprise the toddler knows how to keep quiet, knows that noise attracts Them. I love that Amy is resourceful enough to know that Toddlers will pick up things quickly so naturally sign language becomes the safest way they can communicate. Don't worry though it is quite easy to follow whom is "speaking" in the scene. While the first half of the book focuses mostly on Amy and Baby's survival in The After, the second half has Amy and Baby arriving in a survivor city called, New Hope. After living almost 4 years in total silence the noise is almost deafening. Every instinct Amy and Baby have is to be quiet, be safe but here people talk, they laugh. It's loud, like Before. However, New Hope is filled with people, with life and that is hard to resist even for two battle hardened survivors like Amy and Baby.Now I realize this book needed a twist and we definitely get one with the introduction of New Hope, however I was a bit bummed how predictable corrupt New Hope actually ended up being. All I could think about was how closely it resembled the fictional town Woodbury from the series The Walking Dead. Just slap an eye patch on Dr. Reynold's and call him the Governor already. I did however like that the citizens weren't entirely clueless. However, like most other books none were willing to rock the boat out of fear.My only other disappointment with In The After was the introduction of The Ward. I really thought maybe it would end up being that Amy was in an institution all along and while the Doctors thought she was crazy she was actually prophesying The After. Sadly nope it just ended up being a place where bad citizens go to be "treated". I didn't like how the story jumped from one to the other. It did sort of kill the flow of the story and was one of the only real low points of the whole book. Thankfully by the end the pacing had picked right back up and I was certainly left excited for the next book whenever it's released. In The After might not be the most unique book I've ever read but once you throw in two very strong mc's, a swoonworthy guy and actually scary monsters you have what I'm calling one of the best Science Fiction books of the year. I highly suggest picking up In The After and giving it a go. If you only buy one Science Fiction book this year make it this one! With that being said, I will be rating In The After by Demitria Lunetta ★★★★.
  • (4/5)

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    I received this book for review from the publisher via Edelweiss.

    I feel like I’m repeating myself over and over again, but In the After was another book that I heard about on Epic Reads’ tea time. Seriously, it’s a great source for book talk and to discover new books. When I saw In the After available on Edelweiss, I requested it, even though it was out of my normal genre.

    In the After is definitely an interesting story, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I mean, creatures that are referred to as “They/Them” and eat humans? They could pretty much be anything: demons, zombies, monsters. We are told very early on what they are suspected to be, but honestly, the description wasn’t really important, as they are constantly referred to as Them, and they’re all the more creepy for it.

    In the After is broken into 3 parts. The first part focuses on Amy and Baby’s life in the outside world. She refers to the time before the creatures came as Before, and since they came as the After, hence the title of the book. This was a really interesting part of the book because we got to learn a little more about the creatures and see how Amy and Baby manage to survive around Them, especially considering how many people have died at Their hands. Every time Amy left her house in this part of the book, my heart was in my throat, wondering what would happen and whether They would find her. These were some of the creepiest scenes in the book. Part 1 ends when Amy and Baby are rescued and brought to New Hope.

    Part 2 is where I thought In the After really got interesting, in my opinion, because the writing style changes a bit. We fast forward 4 months, and Amy is in the Ward, with no recollection of why or how she got there. As she starts to remember bits and pieces of the past few months, we learn what is going on, and we find that things are not all as they seem in New Hope. Certain events take place and are covered up, and the leader doesn’t necessarily want people to question how and why things work. Also, there are some specific rules about how the citizens of New Hope must live, promises they must fulfill, that Amy doesn’t necessarily agree with.

    I felt like In the After ended on just the right note. The events of the book are wrapped up nicely, but we also know that there has to be more to the story. We’ve learned a lot more about Them and New Hope, and we know that something needs to be done about the state of the world. I really enjoyed In the After and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    In the After comes out on Tuesday, so if you like creepy creatures and dystopian societies, make sure you grab your copy!

    You can also read this and other reviews on my blog, Mommy's Reading Break

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  • (3/5)
    Title: In the AfterAuthor: Demitria LunettaRelease Date: June 25, 2013Publisher: Harper TeenSource: Edelweiss DRCGenre(s): YA Science Fiction, YA Dystopia, Alien InvasionRating: ★★★☆☆Review Spoilers: ModerateGoodReads AmazonIf you’re looking for something a bit different in your young adult dystopian travels you might want to check out In the After by Demitria Lunetta. It’s a great little blend of classic dystopian, survivalist fiction and some fairly fresh ideas and concepts – which is nice when you consider just how many young adult dystopian novels we’re seeing these days. Each one is pressed to set itself apart and In the After certainly does that.The book follows a teenage girl named Amy who has been surviving largely on her own after an apparently alien invasion. It reads almost a bit like a zombie book because though there are supposed to be aliens out there Amy and other survivors have never seen anything smart enough to conquer – only these terrible creatures that track their prey by sound alone. Luckily for Amy, her father was a bit of an Eco warrior and their house was well suited to recycle water, operate basic electronics on solar power, and keep her and the young girl she found and took in fed off the food in the garden. Amy and Baby – the little girl she found and raised – live together in total silence, fearful that any small sound could bring the aliens to their doorstep. But the aliens aren’t the only dangers out there. People can be just as bad. And though Amy and Baby manage to survive a good three years on their own all good things must come to an end.After the two are chased away from Amy’s family home they are rescued by a group of people in what seems to be an ideal community. In what is a fantastic spin on the overdone religious cult storyline this community is a bit cult like. But they do not worship a god – they worship science and the promise of a rebuilt world. In some ways it’s very Giver-esque with children assigned to jobs and those in society who are generally useless cast out. There are strict rules about families reproduction, and education with everything focused on advancing humanity and reviving society. Amy has always been a very strong-willed and smart girl and she’s more than proven that she can take care of herself in the crazy world outside the safety of the community. What she begins to find out, though, is that she may not be able to care of herself and Baby inside.Lunetta makes some really great choices in how she delivers her story and the plot excels with it’s various twists and turns both before Amy and Baby find refuge in the community and after.In particular, I like that the author doesn’t give the reader any really advanced clues when it comes to the truth behind the invasion. And she doesn’t present us with perfect characters. The world she builds is a little unbelievable at times but it’s not hard to get into the story and wonder what will happen next.No matter how you look at the book, though, the strongest part is the main character – Amy.In the ‘after’ – as Amy considers the world after the invasion – Amy learned to be very self sufficient. And she didn’t learn everything all at once. She was lucky that her father was generally pretty prepared and left her in a house accustomed to this sort of world. And I like that. I like that Amy wasn’t just this super girl who knew what to do. In the early days she was just a sad, lonely girl who retreated into herself. After she found Baby things changed. She learned to take care of herself and another. She taught Baby sign language and developed a special sort of sign language for them when the basic ASL books she had weren’t enough. Sometimes she seems a little too extreme. But I think that anyone who went from surviving on their own from a young age to being forced back into a rigid, uncompromising society would probably be much the same. And who cares? It’s always nice to have strong female characters.The reader discovers all the secrets and horrors of the world and of the community as Amy does and there seems to be quite a lot to discover. How Amy reacts, the relationships she builds, and the way the community is effected and operates are all fairly well developed. I know that I was so drawn into all of it that it took me less than a day to finish this book because I wanted to know everything as soon as I could.I am confident that anyone else would feel quite the same. Like pretty much every book ever written – it’s not perfect. But it’s a really fun read. And it sets itself up for some interesting sequels. There is a whole lot more of this world to discover, a whole lot more secrets to reveal. I look forward to the chance to find them out as Amy does.