Friday, August 01, 2014

Book Review: After The End by Amy Plum


After the End

Amy Plum (2014) Rating: 3/5

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.

I've been wanting to read this book since it came out but I am the type who randomly choose what, when and where to read a book. I was keeping myself away from YA for a while. But now I began reading a couple to give my brain a rest.

After the End is about Juneau (named after The capital of Alaska). There is a mystery surrounding her clan after it disappears. She begins her journey with the help of the Yara (aka: Gaia) and discover she's been lied about WWIII and the world in general. As the reasons shine light you follow her journey along with Miles (who she is convinced will take her far -come on... Can you leave it at his name's meaning?) in order to rescue her lying clan.

I have to say I was not blown away by the novel as much as I imagined (not expected) with the theme. But it was certainly entertaining at some point. Very fast phased. A bit of magical realism here and there. As well as a strong leader heroine (as much as I hate the cliché lately). Miles was nothing to me... Just an annoying tool for the story.

Will I read he next book? I probably try to start it. But if Miles's character don't evolve I will feel the story a bit more stale that I already did.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Know when to give up

… or at least when to pause a book.

This feels like Seraphina all over again. Huge complex book, which is both good and annoyingly descriptive. I really really want to finish The Luminaries, but it was sucking the life and pleasure out of my reading time. So I randomly picked a book on my e-reader and my joy is back.



I started reading After The End by Amy Plum.

Not your literary masterpiece, but it is refreshing. So far it is interesting, though not exiting, and Miles' scenes are becoming a bit annoying. If they were long enough to pass as a normal movie scene then I wouldn't mind so much. But right now I feel it's interrupting me too much. I understand the reason behind him, so we can have a glimpse at what the main character Juneau doesn't know. But still, the interruptions are a bit too much for my reading preferences. I'll write a short review afterwards.

I am planning on reading once again a book a week for now, of this sort. Contemporary and easy to follow books, including some YA and magical realism. So back to my regular blogging again. Yay!

Monday, June 30, 2014

I’m On Blogging Holidays

I haven’t really updated anything. The Luminaires took the best of me and I’m not even on page 100. So I decided to take a reading break, just reading pages here and there when I feel like it.

Also I was on the process of applying for a new apartment and now I need to plan our holidays plus the move afterwards. My mind is clogged. Plus the FIFA going on. The rest of the time I’ve been trying to get back to my artsy roots. :)

I’ll be back when my mind is fresh again for books in about a few weeks or so.

Call it a holiday from blogging.