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Monday, May 5, 2014

After The End by Amy Plum, Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the AFTER THE END blog tour. I'm thrilled to be apart of the celebration for Amy Plum's upcoming release, and share my thoughts on Amy's book.

About the Book

By: Amy Plum
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: May 6, 2014 - TOMORROW
Source: arc from publisher to review
Rating: 4 Stars - I Enjoyed It!
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Find out more about the book

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.
They′e 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.

An intriguing read with an exciting story line, plenty of action and the right amount of mystery and suspense that kept me hooked and left me wanting more in the end. After The End has a little bit of everything, and I enjoyed the journey Amy Plum took me with her characters Juneau and Miles.

Written in dual points of views, After The End uncovers a story of secrets, and danger as Juneau and Miles become entangled into each other's lives. Everything that happens in this story uncovers lies, and secrets. Nothing about the life Juneau has lived is what it seems. I loved that Amy kept me in the dark along side both of her characters as she cleverly unravels the truth about what's really going on. Juneau's grown up in the wilderness of Alaska. It's just her, and her clan. As a hunter, Juneau and her people live off the land, and are lead to believe WWWIII has happened. It's not until Juneau returns from a hunting trip to an empty village, that everything she was lead to be believe starts to unravel.

Juneau is a tough girl. She's someone who was raised in the wilderness and taught the survival skills needed to survive. I was completely intrigued with her clan, and the bits and pieces I learned about them. They grew up being told of war, and the destruction of the world. Taught to fear anyone other than those in their clan, Juneau gets a hard dose of reality when she goes in search of her missing clean, and finds that the world hasn't been destroyed. Now she not only has to figure out what's going on in the world around her, she has to find her clan, and figure out why she's been lied to and deceived. To make matters worse, people are after her.

I liked that Amy didn't make it easy for Juneau. Nothing in this story was easy to figure or quickly pieced together. Juneau had to work through all the deception and the confusion about what in the heck is going on. Through out the entire story Juneau is trying to come to terms with everything she's been raised to believe, what really happened, and where her clan is at. It's during this time of self discovery and seeking the truth that I felt for Juneau. Luckily she has her survival skills to get her through her adventure/journey/being on the run. Without them, I'm not sure how well off she'd be, both figuratively and emotionally.

Without giving anything away, I liked getting to know Miles. Unlike Juneau whom I liked from the get go, he took a little longer for me to like him. I felt there was more reasoning behind him finding Juneau, after all, he's not the only one who's after her. Once Juneau and Miles end up on the road together, their travels are anything but normal. Like Juneau, this was also a story about self discovery for Miles. Miles didn't grow up in a remote part of Alaska like Juneau did, but in a sense he grew up learning his own survival skills with all that he's had to deal with, with his own family.

I liked how believable Amy made Miles and Juneau's road trip together. Both of them think the other is crazy, and given that one was lead to believe the world ended some 20 years ago, and the other has lived a normal life, the unexpected would be normal. It's during this part of the story I loved having the dual points of views. I liked being able to understand and see what the other was really thinking, and why they made the choices they did. When these two have to rely on each other to outrun whomever is after them, their two worlds collide and they both learn to trust in each other, and slowly but surely they both start to uncover the secrets and lies they find themselves embedded in.

After The End is definitely unlike any other YA book I've recently read. It was a good, entertaining read. Amy's storyline flowed well. She introduced me to characters that intrigued and surprised me. The story was engaging. I was hooked from the moment I started reading it, and I wanted more when I finished it. When Miles and Juneau are first on the run, they're dueling point of views offer the right amount of humor this story need. I'm looking forward to reading more about Juneau and Miles in the next installment.

About Amy Plum

Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.
Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.
Visit her on:  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

The Giveaway

Each stop on the tour will be hosting a giveaway! We're giving away:
- 13 SIGNED After The End books
- 6 iPhone After the End shells. 
*This is open Internationally* 
To enter, please be sure to fill out the form featured on each stop along the tour. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The first 300 people who pre-order AFTER THE END and show proof of their pre-order will receive one of these limited edition After The End water bottles. *see below*

Please be sure to send your mailing address and receipt to

The Blog Tour
Be sure to follow the entire After The End blog tour! Trust me, you don't want to miss this Truth or Dare themed tour stops! Authors like Beth Revis, Kimberly Derting, Josephine Angelini & more will be on the tour. As Amy mentioned in her recent newsletter, the truth-or-dare theme is particularly relevant to AFTER THE END, since Juneau's oracle has said she has to tell the truth or she won't find her clan.


  1. I loved Die for Me, I bought it as soon as it came out!

  2. Amy Plum is new to me... well, I've heard of her but not read her yet. Might have to with this one. Love this kind of story.

  3. I ;haven't read any of Amy Plum's books yet.

  4. I've not yet read any of Amy Plum's work. Perhaps AFTER THE END will become my favorite of her books?

  5. Loved the Die For Me series so I can't wait to see what Amy does now she's gone apocalyptic! Happy book birthday!

  6. I have only read Die for me and it was great and now I need to wait on the rest of the series from the library :(

  7. Wow. This sounds like a great premise. Thanks for telling me about it.

  8. Die for me is my favorite. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  9. I love the Revenants Trilogy <3

  10. Wowza, that's a lot of books!

    I don't think I've read Ay Plum before, but After the End sounds good!

  11. This sounds like a book I could definitely get into right away! I have yet to read a book by Amy Plum, I just ordered Die For Me :)

  12. Seems like an interesting read, definitely gonna want to check this one out! =]

  13. I absolutely love her Die For Me series!! Can't wait till I can read this one!