I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: After the End #1
Published by Harper Collins on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
"I have no idea what is truth and what is fiction. I'm all I've got now. I can't trust anyone."
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.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
This started off with a bang, and then it fizzled out for me. I thought I was going to be reading about the baddies who went through all this trouble to segregate a small group of people and then find out they had sinister goals. Well THAT was there, but it wasn’t the main focus. I honestly thought it was a romance novel with a post-apocalyptic setting. Thought it was unnecessary and wasn’t too vital with the entire plot. Then there was the fact that this adventure or journey or whatever you wanted to call it, was boring. I was waiting for something or anything to happen, but I felt nothing for the characters.
I liked the fact that finally, there is a character who is half Chinese and American. That made me drop some diversity points along the way. Yay for highlighting people of other ethnicities! The simple magical element made it interesting, but it wasn’t strong enough for me to even consider reading the rest of the series.
Good concept but not a whole lot of movement in the plot points which made me cringe at certain moments. If you’re looking for a sci-fi novel, look elsewhere, because I was bored and forced myself to finish this.