|Find After the End by Amy Plum at Amazon|
What it's About:
(from publisher HarperTeen)
Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she'd ever been taught was a lie.
As Juneau comes to terms with an unfathomable deception, she is forced to survive in a completely foreign world, using only the skills and abilities she developed in the wild. But while she's struggling to rescue her friends and family, someone else is after her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about her secret past.
When I read the book description, I thought, "Yes! This sounds like something I’ll totally love!" After I read a few pages, however, I felt a bit…mislead. Sure, it is everything as described, but a lot of this story rests on Juneau’s beliefs and on her ability to connect with the ‘Yara.’ She uses things of nature to do her bidding, and even has people act as oracles to gain direction.
Once I got over my confusion, I found After the End to be a fast paced, cat and mouse game told by both Juneau and a boy named Miles who, in hopes of getting back in good graces with his father from his misbehavior at school, decides to go behind his dad’s back and locate the girl his father’s medical company must locate.
From the start Juneau and Miles use one another to further their own paths. I enjoyed the differences between the two main characters, and loved watching them come together as a team, even though Miles thought she was crazy. (But to give him credit, who can speak to birds and give them orders? Well, besides Juneau of course?)
However, I feel the urge to warn you: The end is a major cliff hanger! MAJOR (read that word with a singing voice, please.) My Nook led me to believe I had several more pages to go, but no! I arrived at the last page with mouth open.
Ms. Plum, I’m ready for book two.
STORY: 4.3 STARS
CONTENT: EDGIER, for language and religious practices (non Christian)