Sunday, May 25, 2014

Series Review: In The After and In The End ARC

A Series Review
In The After Duology
Titles: In The End, In The After (ARC)
Release date of last book: July 24, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: HarperCollins

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

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.

I received a copy of the second book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. No compensation of any kind have been received for this review and all of the opinions in this review are solely my own.

First Sentence (First book): I only go out at night.
First Sentence (Last book): I long for the comfort of night.

My thoughts:

Thank you HarperCollins for the ARC of In The End.

I really like reading Post-Apolyptic dystopian books. Why? Because of course, it gives me an idea of what I may or may not encounter one of these days. These books are better than any survival guide you can even get at those stupid bookstores out there. Post-apocalypic books gives a lot of possibilities of what might happen in the future but all their theme is survival to the fittest and staying sane and human.

The world is ending and the cause of it are green, ugly, and slimy creatures. My first thought was that I was reading an apocalypse book with aliens. But of course, I'm wrong. They're not aliens. They're some kind of mutated things that is caused by some biological warfare. These creatures feeds on protein and they are most potent during daytime. Yeah, weird right? Daytime? Shouldn't they be like afraid of the sun or something? (Read this book and you'll eventually know why). Amy calls the creatures “Them” and “They”.

Amy is left there alone in her house when the end of the world started. You could've thought she died then eventually but she manages to survive. Her mom and dad is nowhere and didn't came back for her. But at least they left her a house that could stand against these greenie monsters. After surviving a few weeks, months maybe, she now calls the world, Before and After. Before the creatures and After the creatures. She learned how to adapt. Most importantly she learned how to survive. She goes out of her house to scavenge food, clothing and books. (I really love the scavenging books though, I'd love to do that too) Then she meets Baby.

Baby is what Amy named the little 4 year old girl she saw and picked-up at a grocery store. Just wow right? A 4 year-old little girl surviving on her own against Them. When Amy took the little kid home, she easily got attached to her. Of course she would, she'd been starving to have human contact for months and she found someone. Baby and Amy grew nearer to each other like sisters. They learned how to live in the After. They even made a silent way of communication through a modified sign-language. (Which is very awesome, I'd like to learn it too.)

Within three years surviving in the After, they soon find out they weren't the only surviving humans here on earth. They learned about a society. A new society in the After that in first sight you can tell it's the best after the end, but every society has it's flaws. Amy could not keep up with that so she leaves to find someplace safer for a new home.

In 'In The End', the last book of the duology, Baby is in danger. Amy is willing to give everything, even her life to Baby. And only someone from another colony/society in the After could help her to get her back. In here she deals with the rough way of people living in the After. She battled with what the After had made of the people to put it simply. She cannot trust anyone and she meets new people. She fought off many more monsters—the green ones and monsters with human faces.

Wait is there no romance in this series? Of course it does. In “In the End” Amy is torn between Rice – the handsome geek scientist guy and Jacks – the rough and rugged gorgeous boy in another place. (By the way I'm Team Rice) This is what I like with Amy, she easily makes decisions, not like any other girls that loves to run around the circle. If you read the last book, you'll know who she is really into. Even in post-apocalyptic times, love prevails. There is always hope and there is no place like home.

In the After is fast-paced and a very easy read. (I finished up the 2 books in just 1 day) That's how good this series is. This series is best recommended to those who have read The Maze Runner, Across The Universe and Warm Bodies. These books are a mixed of those books, or at least you can associate it to. The main character is fearless, and brave. Even a lot braver than the guys here. That's what I love about girl protagonists. We girls don't need your saving, we can survive and adapt like you guys could. This series is a must read. It teaches us that not because a person is not of your blood it doesn't mean you can't consider them as family, you can't love them even more than yourself. That is what love does. You just cannot give up love, not even for the whole world itself.

I don't know about you but if I can't talk you into reading this, I'm not sure you're in your right mind. This is an underrated and unmainstream series that you readers can get your hands on. These books are so good, I can assure you that. So if you haven't read In The After, do something and read it now. And well, wait for the conclusion In The End, once it'll be out on July, you guys run over to the bookstore and read onwards!

Favorite book in the Series: In The After

2 Books. 2 Phrases. 2 Words.
Read now. Survive after.

In The After : 5/5 stars
In The End : 4.75/5 stars

I've never read a duology. And wow, I think I like duologies now. Thank you for the tweets Demitria Lunetta!

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