In The After

Paperback | May 27, 2014

byDemitria Lunetta

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In debut author Demitria Lunetta's heart-pounding thriller, one girl must fight for her survival in a world overrun by violent, deadly creatures. Perfect for fans of New York Times bestsellers like The 5th Wave and Across the Universe.

Amy Harris's life changed forever when They took over. Her parents—vanished. The government—obsolete. Societal structure—nonexistent. No one knows where They came from, but these vicious creatures have been rapidly devouring mankind since They appeared. With fierce survivor instincts, Amy manages to stay alive—and even rescues "Baby," a toddler who was left behind. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope. On the surface, it appears to be a safe haven for survivors. But there are dark and twisted secrets lurking beneath that could have Amy and Baby paying with not only their freedom . . . but also their lives.

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In debut author Demitria Lunetta's heart-pounding thriller, one girl must fight for her survival in a world overrun by violent, deadly creatures. Perfect for fans of New York Times bestsellers like The 5th Wave and Across the Universe.Amy Harris's life changed forever when They took over. Her parents—vanished. The government—obsolete. ...

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Attack. Not isolated.Fate of Americans: unknown.Amy is watching TV when it happens—when the life she once knew is taken over by Them. Though their origin is unknown, these vile creatures are out to kill. But Amy, marooned in her high-security house, is able to survive. She even rescues "Baby," an abandoned toddler, during a dangerous t...

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 destru...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.13 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062105469

ISBN - 13:9780062105462

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adds to the Post Apocalypse Narrative! I really liked this one. I thought it was a little bit predictable but I was also okay with that. I liked the set up and how things came to pass. But I definitely liked the writing style in the first section better than in the next two. However, this novel really stands out in my mind of YA post-apocalpytic narrative and I would recommend it if you are looking for another dystopian novel. I thought the flashback/present writing style of section two and three was a little off putting. It didn't really help me connect to the story more -- it actually made me feel more disconnected from it because of the constant switching. As well, I wasn't a huge fan of the fact that the Ward was shown with such negative connotations. I wrote a post about positive therapy depictions in YA Fiction on Aphonic Sarah which is run by the lovely Sarah so if you are looking for books that feature positive therapy depictions, this book is not for you. However, I was enamoured with this book. I liked how everything played out and I was really curious as to what the "big reveal" would be (I was correct). I thought that the idea behind it was really solid and I think it was something that has been done but also added something new to the narrative. I was a big fan of how this could be plausible in the future. This *could* happen if we aren't careful with biological warfare. And I loved that Amy was really involved in what it meant morally and how far humans were willing to go to save humanity. I thought the moral conflicts in this one re: killing and the women getting pregnant were super interesting but definitely not developed enough. I would have liked just a bit more time spent on them so that we could really get a feel for the end times in this. But I also think part of that is due to how those last two sections were written. We weren't given enough time in either narrative to really get centred in a specific storyline before being shifted to something else. Therefore, there wasn't enough time to really have these discussions. I liked the bond that Amy formed with Baby and that she was so willing to protect her. I also liked that this didn't mean she wasn't able to bond with Adam -- even though we only got limited screentime with him. I think it was really great that she was able to still connect with people even though she was so isolated from the world. I thought that there were a lot of kicka** females in this one but it still felt like no one really got the screentime they deserved. I would have liked more scenes with Amy and Kay. I thought Kay was a great mentor for Amy and it was really great to have them interact in a way that we didn't really get to see with Amy and her Mother. I think there were a lot of dynamics that could have been explored in this one that didn't really get their time to shine because of the writing style. Overall, I really recommend this one. I enjoyed my reading of it and think that this adds to the narrative of post-apocalyptic YA novels. If you are looking for something a little different that has a lot of action but also has you questioning everything you learn along the way, this one is for you.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great creepy read Amy was home alone, watching TV, having a day very similar to many other days. Except this was the day that They attacked. Creatures who are devouring anyone They find and the best way to stay alive is to stay silent and stay inside. Amy ventures out only when necessary and on one of these trips she finds a toddler she names “Baby”. Together they stay in Amy’s protected house for years. Then, miraculously, they’re saved and taken to New Hope, a safe shelter from Them. But Amy’s not convinced it’s the sanctuary everyone says it is and she refuses to let New Hope take Baby away from her. I was in the mood for a creepy read and this one seemed to be a good choice after looking through my shelves. It looked creepy but also different, definitely what I was in the mood to read because I ended up really enjoying it. Amy was a character I could relate to quite easily. She was young, a bit spoiled, not someone most people would expect to be able to survive on her own, especially not in the world in this book. She was lucky that the house she lived in was protected but in order to survive, she had to learn how to avoid Them, how to safely scavenge for food, how to defend her home, herself, and Baby. She had to become hardened but she still had her soft moments, rescuing Baby was proof of that. She had really good instinct so when she felt something was off about New Hope, I went with her. The book was mainly two parts. Amy, and then Baby, surviving in their house by themselves, relying on themselves, doing whatever was necessary. The second part was them in New Hope, trying to adjust to a society again, learning how to feel safe and to trust more than just each other. Both parts were interesting since they offered different challenges but the second part with New Hope edged out the beginning for my favourite. It was fascinating to see people trying to fit back into society after surviving on their own for so long and how maybe it wasn’t possible for everyone to adjust. There were some surprising twists in the plot and some twists that I thought were a little predictable. The overall storytelling was very strong. I had a nice sense of the world, both Amy’s house and New Hope, and what was happening the whole time. The writing was dark and gritty and really fit the whole plot well. This was definitely right the choice to fit my need for a dark, creepy read mood.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The book was very quick to get into. Within the first 20 pages the whole book gets very intresting.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book writen to perfection! I think that in the after is a great series! it is a perfect book that combines the love of aliens, zombies, and appocalipse novels. I would recommend this series to everyone.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great start but tapers off from there This book has an interesting amd unique first quarter. The storyline and characters are compelling. However, in the subsequent parts of the book the story becomes a typical and almost formula dystopian tale. Disappointing and boring by the end.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hate that i finished reading this book I found in the after to be freaking amazing! i loved it. so of course when i finished it i was sad.. BUT I was saved once i was able to get the 2nd book In the end. woohoo. I HIGHLY recommend you read both books!!
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finished this in 2 days *SPOILER* Although at times it was seemingly predictable, and certain important information could have been executed with more tension, I adored this book because of the pacing and the concept. Fond of sci-fi dystopians, this was a good thing to start my reading obsession again. I loved the idea of giving us previews of the future, though others may disagree, however when I thought about it I really wouldn't have wanted to read several chapters of her recovering from drug-induced amnesia (I think that's how it goes). Anyway, I couldn't put the book down at all, and I'm truly in love with Amy and Baby. Of course, I wished we were given more perspective on the other side characters, because I didn't really feel emotionally connected to them that much. HOWEVER, it was a great read with the wonders of survival instinct and human selfishness, and also the close relationships we can have with people in situations of distress. It was almost like a good mix between the books, 'The Fifth Wave' and 'The Road', and I really, REALLY loved it.
Date published: 2014-05-05

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A post-apocalyptic page-turner--intriguing.”