My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Part One: Cool
Part Two: Awful
Part Three: Good
This is my problem with the rating system. I can’t, in good conscience, give this book more than three stars but then, I think of all the books worse than this one that I’ve given better ratings to.
Yeah, but that’s the thing: I read them before this one. Anyways, this 3-star review is actually a positive one.
If you have been around the YA post apocalyptic corner, you gotta know there’s a certain formula they follow:
World ends, Girl* survives. [Sometime later] Girl runs away(from rehab camps, isolation, facility, society blah di dah). Girl manages to encounter another flesh of civilization, Girl integrates into society, Girl finds the government controlling society evil. Evil people find their evilness discovered and about to be unleashed, Shit hits the fan, Girl plans to burn ’em all.
*’Cause they’re all mostly girls, yeah?
If you haven’t been around, well, whoops! minorly spoilerly. My bad.
And of course, there are a few personality traits, the most important being the utmost devotion to a little kid/sibling. That will make your MC automatically popular. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; I used to be a fan of those characters myself, but in recent times, I’ve been getting sick of it. No relationship that I’ve encountered is as smooth as these people portray, especially sibling-hood. I think it’s okay to say that I’m SICK TO DEATH of these; I just want a sisterhood akin to
Saba and Emmi’s
from Blood Red Road. Why can’t we have more of that delicacy?
Moving on, Cheeses, I have read so many of these books and yet I love, and love to follow, these books to the end. There’s something about people overthrowing governments that appeals to my very sensibilities.
Nothing ever really stands out in In The After. It’s partly about survival in the mad, mad world with the big, bad wolves out there and then the bigger wolves, aka fellow humans, come into play and it’s all human depravity and iniquity.
It’s a question that’s been bugging me a lot lately. Why do humans always turn out to be the biggest monster? It’s as if we have to assert our supremacy in everything, even evilness: WE ARE THE WORST FUCKERS AROUND, THE GREATEST EVIL CREATED! BEWARE OF US!
But at the end of the day, it’s a survivalist novel and who doesn’t love those, even if they have nothing new to offer?
The whole plot of In the After comes down to a major reveal at the end, albeit it’s a bit obvious before that. I especially liked the missing pieces that Lunetta sets in the beginning and ties it all very nicely towards the end. Most of it reeks of generic conformity, with the inclusion and set-up of ignorant and beaten-up society, and nothing here truly sets apart this book from many others. Except the technique and full realization of something called ‘shock factors’, for which, kudos to Lunetta! The story isn’t actually predictable, even while it follows the aforementioned outline.
My favorite part of the book cannot be mentioned for fear of spoilers. Suffice it to say, that I absolutely got Amy’s desolation in the latter half of the book. I truly hurt for her as stuff kept happening, and everything she lost. After that I loved how instantly indignant and wary of the society Amy becomes, somewhat like how I would have reacted. Most MC’s take such long periods of time before coming to such conclusions. This is what sets apart In the After for me. And the romance.
It’s probably very hard to create a realistic romance in an end-of-the-world setting, is what I’ve gathered over the years of books. The romance mainly becomes the downfall of novels, case in point: The 5th Wave. It can make or break you characters as well as the whole book. But Demitria Lunetta‘s book doesn’t converge on romance and it’s very light. The romantic interest is different and he actually is a believer and follower of the evil society that the MC will have to overthrow. He’s constantly getting irritated with her for not seeing things his way. There isn’t much build-up, nor is there any mushiness. I don’t necessarily like him, but I don’t like any of them these days. What the fuck is happening to me, is a good question to ask.
May be this
For comparisonists, far as I’m concerned, this is better than The 5th Wave, although I gave that one a higher rating. The characters are much more realistic and likable, the pacing is significantly better and the sci-fi aspect is handled with more precision. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but one’s gotta trump the other, no?
So no, this is not a Guilty Crown fiasco, capitalizing on the fame of the mecha genre, awesomely as it started. But that is another quarrel for another time. In the After doesn’t have any new contributions but that’s not always why we read or love a book, is it? Sometimes, it’s because no matter how rote, it’s still SO DAMN FUN! Case in point: Supernatural TV show. And now I’m adding this gif because it’s FUN!