After the End (After the End #1)
by Amy Plum
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
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.
Juneau has lived all her life with her tribe. After the world was turn apart during World War 3 her family and others made their way to a place to start over. She has a special gift that makes her be psychic and she can cast spells as well. While out on a hunting trip she comes home to find everyone gone. Now with just her two dogs for company she has to try and find her tribe. What she finds is the world hasn't changed. The war never happened and everything she was told is a lie. The people who took her tribe are looking for her. She has to travel and find a special person who can lead her to her tribe. Miles is a rich kid who has been expelled form school and now must work for his father. He is spoiled and angry. When he sees an email about a girl his father is looking for he decides he should find her first and prove to his dad he can be of help. He isn't prepared for Juneau. She is different from what he is used to and at times seems so innocent of the world around her, she is also odd as she speaks of powers she has. They both need each other for different reasons but somewhere on their journey hey begin to need each other for different reasons. There is a lot of people looking for Juneau and the secrets she caries.
Juneau is a unique character. She is strong has lots of powers that even she keeps the full force hidden. She know the tribe will one day look to her and she hopes to live up to what they expect. She is smart, a great hunter and resourceful. When faced with the modern world she was told didn't exists she still uses her head even when she knows nothing about it. I love her powers and she is made even more great to me when she doubts them at times. It just made her seem more normal in some ways to know she is young and has doubts. Miles at first I will say seems like a spoiled little rich boy looking for his fathers attention. He thinks the world owes him something. He uses Juneau at first but I will say he redeems his self to me. He tries his best to help her and begins to believe her powers.
While in some ways this story made me think of a brain washing cult story it is not. A girl told the world ended and this is how it is but no wait the world didn't end. That is what made me think of a cult. However once I dove into this story it was very good. You see right away about the powers Juneau has and how she uses them. It pulls you in. When she finds out the world has kept right on going and she has been lied to is when it really shot off for me. She uses some unique skills to get away and she uses them the whole trip. There of course is action as well she is trying to find her tribe and hide from other people. I love all she does to make Miles do what she wants. She at times can even be funny while she doesn't realize it. There is a lot of secrets that have been kept from her that I really enjoyed. It answers some questions as to why they would tell her and other kids the world ends. It may not be a dystopian book but it is a great one. Juneau has to find what she really wants and to believe in her self. Even when she doubts her family and tribe she still maintains her goal of finding them. The author has done a wonderful job with this book making it stand out and be different.
4 out of 5 Stars