Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
They hear the most silent of footsteps. They are faster than anything you've ever seen. And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead. Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more. - Goodreads.com
I'm loving these apocalypse type stories and reading them with a vengeance lately. In The After was no exception. I absolutely loved this book! There were so many things about it that made this story unique and different from others of its kind. And there were a few twists and turns in it that I definitely wasn't expecting. This story was so unique.
One of the things I thought was really interesting was that a good chunk of the story, at least in the beginning, took place with the main character, Amy, being alone. I loved how resourceful and brave this girl was. This is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life, and in one unexpected moment, she has to turn into a survivor. She becomes so strong, brave enough to go forage for food in the dark knowing that monsters are all around her. She's smart and adaptable, and I loved her immediately.
When she does meet another survivor, a small girl, I loved how protective she was of Baby. She turned into a little mother, caring for the girl, protecting and teaching her. Their relationship was so sweet. There was just so much to admire about this character. When they finally end up around other people, I was amazed at her bravery yet again, as she learned to be a fighter.
The only part of the story that wasn't really as important to me as the rest was the romance. Rice was, to me, forgettable. There wasn't really anything that distinguished him or made me love him. He was likeable, don't get me wrong, but I never really felt like I knew him at all, or that his presence was necessary to the story. The strength of this story lay in the story itself, and with the main character, Amy. She carried the entire thing, and the story was great for it.
When we reach the end of this story, there was a really big shocker that I had begun to suspect, but it was still shocking when it happened. This made the story even more unique from others like it. I loved it.
The writing was suspenseful, and I was totally engrossed. I will definitely be looking out for the sequel to this series.