Review: After the End by Amy Plum

May 24, 2014 Review 42 ★★½

Review: After the End by Amy Plum
After the End by Amy Plum
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
Pages: 352
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Series: After the End #1
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The thing about AFTER THE END is that is promises a lot of stuff, but the reality is much different. A dystopia that isn’t really a dystopia, the introduction of animal companions who are only there in two scenes, a setting that wasn’t Alaska, etc. It wasn’t what I expected at all.

It isn’t a bad book, but it isn’t a spectacular one either. It’s very… readable, but lacks that special something to make it a truly great book. I lost interest multiple times, and the rest of the time I was hung up about how perfect everything is tied up-how convenient.

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Because of all that, it was really hard to care about or relate to the characters. It was kind of a domino effect, because if you don’t care about the story or characters, it’s hard to care about anything else. Even when their lives were in danger or when the book was meant to have suspense it just didn’t work for me.

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The romance did not make much sense to me as the majority of it is based on false pretense and (multiple) betrayals. Even thought it was obvious who was going to end up with who, they went from tentative frenemies to hot kissing so randomly I thought I missed a few pages. However, there is an interesting twist at the very end that ends in a cliffhanger. It wasn’t enough to persuade me to read the next book, but it definitely made me curious.

AFTER THE END has a unique premise but that just wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.5

42 Responses to “Review: After the End by Amy Plum”

  1. Nara

    God, I know right, everything was so ridiculously convenient. The most annoying thing for me was when that book of maps HAPPENED to open up at exactly the right page. wtf.
    And sigh the “romance”.
    Definitely with you about the ending. Just not interested enough to continue with the series…
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    • Alise

      Ugh, yep! Just for once I’d like to read a book where everything doesn’t all work out so easily. I could not get behind that romance at all. Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Yeah, most of the reviews I’ve read for this one were pretty lukewarm. Even Rashika didn’t like it as much as I hoped, and I’m now unsure whether I want to proceed. I heard there were a lot of convenient timeloops (that I assume were made to escape some character development… maybe? It seems that way to me) and I feel like that aspect would drive me up the wall. Thanks for your honest review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      That’s the general consensus that I’ve seen too, although some of my friends on GR gave it four or five stars and I was like :/ There was a lot of convenient everything haha. Sure! :)

  3. Melliane

    yes it’s what I see about this book… many mixed reviews so I think I’ll pass. And well I have Die for Me to try in my TBR pile so I think I’ll read that instead. thanks for the review.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, try that first and see if you like her writing. No loss there since you already have Die for Me :)

    • Alise

      I haven’t read that series yet but I’m planning to! I wonder if I would have liked this one more or less if I had read her other stuff first. Me too :(

    • Alise

      Yeah, and that’s exactly what it was-me just turning the pages to get it over with. I haven’t read her other books but I may give them a chance.

  4. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Unique premises are always a plus, but if there’s nothing to keep you hooked or there’s characters you can’t connect with, what’s the point, right? :( I actually just started this one and am not far in enough to tell what I think, but I have a feeling I’m going to be the same way as you.

    Thanks so much for sharing though, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Alise

      Right! I LOVE an original book but if there’s nothing else going for it, I’m out. Sadly, it just gets weirder as it goes on, and towards the end I was really fed up with it. Thank you :)

  5. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    2.5 stars is pretty good! ISn’t Amy Plum a MG writer or something? I swear I’ve seen her name on children’s books. This sounds like another typical dystopian that will blur into a mass of other dystopians so I probably won’t even bother to give it a go. The animal companions sound cool, a bit like The Golden Compass. Sad to hear they’re only mentioned briefly. I hope your next read is much better Alise! x
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    • Alise

      Is it though, is it really? :P I’m not entirely sure, but she did write the Die for Me books. The thing is, isn’t not even really a dystopian and the dogs are there for like two scenes. So disappointing! Thanks!

  6. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I heard that the romance was a decent one but yeah–everything was tied to way too nicely. I absolutely detest convenient solutions–a little torn on whether i should read this or not.

    lovely review! <33

    • Alise

      Exactly! What’s the fun if you know everything is always going to work out for the characters? Thank you!

    • Alise

      Yeah, maybe not, because this one seems a bit…worse than the others. Although I haven’t read Die for Me so I can’t say for sure.

    • Alise

      You are so right. Especially since this one was supposed to be so “high stakes” and everyone was after this girl, someone is bound to go wrong but nope.

  7. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Ugh it makes me sad because I was soooo excited for this one because like you said, the blurb promises a whole bunch of awesome mixed in together. Sadly all of the reviews I’ve seen for this one so far mirror yours :( It’s making me drag my feet when it comes to cracking open my arc hehe. Lovely review though^^ I’m sorry this one was a letdown xx
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    • Alise

      I tend to drag my feet on starting ARCs, period :P But this one was especially tough. I hope you like it though, it does have some redeeming qualities! Thank you!

  8. Neysa Kristanti

    Aww, sad to hear that this book is kinda hard to relate too, especilly since I’m really anticipating it :( But yep, gotta agree about the domino effect, since the book is basically telling us tons of things baout the character, and if we don’t care, well, it all goes down with it. Might pushing this farther down my TBR list, but thanks for sharing Alise! Great review as always :)

    Neysa @ Papier Revue
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    • Alise

      Me too, me too. Ratings are all over the place so there’s still hope that you could like it :) Sure! Thank you :)

  9. Tanja

    When I first saw this book I thought it was a must read. Not only Alaska but rather animal companions that were really intriguing and now neither is there. Well great. I’m sorry that the book wasn’t what you (and I) hoped to be. Great review, Alise :)
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    • Alise

      Same here! The dogs *and* Alaska are even on the cover but they were both a part of the story for such a little part… Thank you :)

  10. Andreea

    Too bad, Alise. I’ve seen this book on Goodreads, BookTube etc, but I never actually wanted to put in on my wish list, because I just had a feeling that I wouldn’t enjoy it. Now, after reading your review, I am glad, because I just don’t have time for such books. I am looking for great books, not just okay ones. Of course I also pick up books and they end up to be just okay and then I am a little sad because I’ve wasted my time with them. Sadly, one cannot always know if a book is really good and if we will enjoy it or not.

    Anyway, thanks for your honest review!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it’s definitely gotten around. I have that feeling about books sometimes too, go with your gut! Right? Such is the problem of the avid read :P Sure!

    • Alise

      Exactly! If a lot of people (or you :D ) say the second is an improvement, I’ll probably check it out! The cliffhanger was interesting.

    • Alise

      The relationship did sadly take a lot away from the book, it could have been so much more. Sad. Sure :)

  11. Kirsty-Marie

    Ha, we rated it the same *high five* After all of it, I’m still wondering what it was about. Like you said, it promised a lot, gave less than that, romance was weird, and then what you think it was supposed to be about isn’t even near it, honesty, I still don’t even know what that was (could be because I skimmed the last half- hey, it was so freaking boring). Where were the personalities? I kind of liked Miles better because in the beginning there it looked like he had one and then Juneau just sucked it right out of him. (Ohhhh, now I know the real twist, Juneau’s a succubus! :/) How promising it had sounded. :(
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    • Alise

      Nice! :D
      *whispers* I skimmed the last half too. And then I was mad because I realized just how much of the book had no point when I was skimming. Like, nothing really happened. BAHA! Best possible twist ever. This needs to happen.

  12. Romi Foster

    I’m sorry that this ended up being such a poor read for you, even if it was very readable! The character romance sounds very peculiar! It’s really odd when you flip a page and then suddenly something really odd it going on and you’ve no idea if you’ve skipped a page. That happens occasionally and it’s just very strange!
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  13. Alise

    Right? I was reading and then all the sudden it was like “Whoa, what?” Backtrack, because that totally didn’t make any sense at all. It was, I couldn’t get behind the romance at all :(

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