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Monday, September 8, 2014

After the End by Amy Plum

Summary on Goodreads.

"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..."

Things in this book are absolutely too convenient. I never got the sense of danger Juneau was in. And I never got the sense of... like, primitiveness in which the tribe lived. Maybe we needed more about this before jumping to civilization so quickly.

And is it me or Juneau's skills with the bow and whistle was a little to Katniss like?

So Juneau lives with her secluded tribe who claim to be the only people left on earth. They have school system, library system and such. Those element gave a touch of modernism to the story that I never felt as if, indeed, they were leaving in the wild.

One day Juneau comes back from hunting to find her tribe gone. She decides to go to the other side of the land where she's not supposed to to look for her people and WOW! lands on pavement, buildings and cars.

Is she shocked to see that the world didn't end as she was told? Not really. She asks about the supposed WWIII to confirm what she suspected: the end of the world was a lie. All too quickly she knows the elders were lying when they said they were the only inhabitants of the world. I never got a sense of shock from, or amazement at seeing more people, tall buildings, and yes, cars, from Juneau.

Even more, she goes shopping at Gap, gets a hair curt from a beauty parlor.... I mean, for someone who's bee living in the wilderness all her live and doesn't know anything about civilization, Juneau got used to civilization too fast.

And let's not forget that she finds an animal shelter and pays for them to take care of the dogs until she is back. How on hell? How do you even know what an animal shelter is? Of course, the people there were all just too happy to take care of her dogs because Juneau didn't seem one bit odd.

She even knew that she was being tricked into selling some piece of jewelry at a price too low. Okay, she kind of sensed the guy wasn't to be trusted but, where did you get the sense of the worth of money from?

Maybe the author should watch the first episodes of the T.V. series Sleepy Hollow to learn a little about how "uncivilized" people react when faced with civilization.

All in all, the convenience of events bored me to death. Milles (the love interest) was there to fill out pages. The the predictable romance didn't help the book; although there is a twist with Milles at the end to shock readers.

I must say that end was... rather different. Ah! and Juneau's ability was cool too.