|In the after|
Author: Lunetta, Demitria
In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 163801
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 9-12
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 20.0 Quiz: 65146
School Library Journal (00/08/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2013 Lunetta’s debut novel is a postapocalyptic page-turner with complex history and intriguing philosophical issues. Amy is 14 and home alone watching television when they attack—human-shaped aliens with poor vision, excellent hearing, and an endless appetite for human flesh. Within days Amy’s world has changed forever. While she herself is safe in the solar-powered home, there’s no water, electricity, television, radio, or even people in her wealthy Chicago neighborhood. With her parents and friends gone, Amy is lonely and miserable until she discovers a toddler in an abandoned supermarket. “Baby” and Amy bond, and Amy teaches Baby sign language, as any sort of sound attracts the aliens. Three years later, the girls are rescued and taken to the community of New Hope, where survivors are gathering to try to repopulate Earth and kill the aliens. Amy is shocked and delighted to discover her scientist mother is director of the community, but as she learns the secrets behind the apparent peaceful safety of New Hope, she realizes the safety comes at too great a price. An abrupt cliff-hanger of an ending promises a sequel. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2013 Gr 8 Up—Readers barely have a chance to meet 14-year-old Amy before the world ends, which means that, like her, they are thrust into a terrifying and confusing urban wasteland with next to no warning. The general consensus is that aliens attacked Earth, but Amy doesn't understand how these creatures, who can barely see and are single-mindedly driven by their appetite for human flesh, could have created the technology necessary for space travel. She doesn't have much time to muse about it, though, as she spends most of her energy figuring out how to survive along with Baby, a toddler she found miraculously alive in a grocery store. But when Amy and Baby are dragged into a helicopter and transported to New Hope, the largest human settlement on the continent (governed by her mother, who survived thanks to her government job), Amy begins to learn the truth about the predators and the world her mother is trying to rebuild. The story is incredibly fast paced with tight, clear prose and interesting dialogue. The characters aren't particularly well developed, but the plot is gripping and suspenseful. Apocalyptic fiction is a crowded field but this title, particularly the final revelations, stands out.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2013 In the three years since vicious man-eating aliens attacked Earth, teenaged Amy has been able to survive thanks to her house’s secure electric fencing and rainwater plumbing. Her parents are missing, likely dead, but Amy finds company in Baby, a toddler she rescues on one of her many scavenging trips into the city. When a violent mob of survivors attack their house, Amy and Baby leave their refuge and eventually make their way to New Hope, a survivor community that at first seems idyllic-until Amy starts asking the wrong questions and ends up angering the compound’s leaders. Much like Bick’s Ashes (BCCB 10/11), this post-apocalyptic tale follows its female protagonist from the pulse-pounding, visceral thrills of surviving monsters to the less active, but no less frightening challenge of living in a society that has traded freedom for safety and order. The pacing is near perfect, with breathtaking chase scenes and encounters with Them balanced against quiet, subdued moments as Amy reflects on all she has lost and attempts to figure out if she has anything to live for. The dual narrative structure of the second of the book’s three parts is perhaps most compelling: Amy’s narration switches back and forth between her attempts to fit in at New Hope and her experiences in a psych ward, and readers are suddenly unsure of what, if anything, is real about her story. The revelation of secrets is organic enough to make it seem more essential and less gimmicky, particularly as it becomes clear that They are not the only evil Amy has to contend with. Just when readers thought they’ve seen every which way the world could end, Lunetta breathes new life into the genre. KQG - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.