In the After, Demitria Lunetta
After being disappointed by Unwind, I really wanted a good ol' YA that was easy to read but also scrumptious. In the After was a perfect fix;
- It has a great opening.
- There are nice details in the characterisation that really ground it.
- Early on, when I learned more about what particular type of situation this survival tale was about surviving, I was almost ready to bail; it felt borrowed. But I persisted and...
- I'm so glad I did. What unfolded was an easy-read page-turner that had moments like Z for Zachariah, Angelfall, Partials, Reboot, Terra Nova (show) and I Am Legend (movie) but it wasn't a copy of any one of them...and it ceased to feel derivative, and felt more like a familiar sub-genre bandwagon I was happy to climb aboard.
- The science is loose, but there's no pretending it isn't...and it's handled well.
- It's a little funny.
- I loved that parents were shown in such a positive light. The protag has great memories and inner commentary about her parents.
- The romance prospect isn't as chemistry-charged as many other YA series', but this allowed the survival genre to come out as the stronger aspect. The most important relationship is not a romantic one. That was refreshing and added dimensions to the heroine's character.
- Great pacing.
- It was the cure I needed after reading two books that failed to satisfy my YW craving. This is what I didn't get from the last couple I'd been in: an entertaining blockbuster-feeling book that comes off without me scrunching my nose often. It was a good time.
In the End, Demitria Lunetta
- I love the turn Book 2 took. The direction is great.
- I think the characterisation is stronger in the sequel. I really like the heroine at this point. She isn't inexplicably BA (like so many other YA conveniently ninja / super-strong lasses) as much as brave and determined. I really like that.
- It stayed good throughout.
- There is some swearing.
- Sexual references come mostly via comments made in a sexist micro-society.
- Both books have some violence, but the second has violence against humans.
- The villain's voice mad me nauseous.
- There are a few goofs in continuity or world rules, but as far as entertainment went...