Author: Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After, #1
The world has ended. Aliens have arrived with an insatiable appetite for humans. There is no Before, there is only After.
Amy finds herself forced into hiding where her only companion is Baby, a child she found while foraging for food. The world outside holds many dangers and little hope, but then the impossible happens…There are other survivors; Amy and Baby are no longer alone.
“Okay, but I think everything is going to be happily ever after.”
Demitria Lunetta is able to create a world where the protagonist sees her strongest characteristics manifest themselves into faults when her environment alters. Amy’s ability to survive in a world populated by Them makes her an outsider when she is integrated back into society, albeit a facsimile of one.
I won’t give away too much. In the After brings up some interesting questions. How much freedom are you willing to forfeit to feel safe? What is more important: cohesion in society or individual rights? Is the truth essential or is ignorance bliss? What are you willing to do or allow others to do in order to maintain a semblance of social order?
A small critique is that I wish the antagonist, whether a specific person or mindset, was a bit more flushed out. I would have liked to discover and explore motivations or at least get a glimpse of the creation of certain ideas that led to the society in which Amy finds herself. One character in particular comes to mind who would have been an excellent source for the answers. This is only the first book, so perhaps the author will explore this in a future installment.
Overall, In the After was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book.