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In the After | [Demitria Lunetta]

In the After

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. Then, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Attack.

Not isolated.

Fate of Americans: unknown.

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" - a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket.

Then, 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.

You'll tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

©2013 Demitria Lunetta (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 07-25-13
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Bad! Strange and Unique....refreshing!"

    Hard to find a interesting post apocalyptic story with "monsters" (e.g., zombies, humans, or other). In the After is a unique surprisingly interesting tale of survival and fear. The monsters or whatever they are are frightening. I cannot say too much as the book will be ruined for those who are interested in listening to it. I will say this book was hard to put down. Worth the credit!

    The narration is very good. The character development is superb. The tone and dialogue is spot on.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 01-10-14
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 01-10-14 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Riveting New Series"

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable science fiction/post apocalypse story of survival and morality. I stayed up late a couple of nights glued to the headphones needing to know what happens next. There are lots of plot twists, some you might see coming and some you don’t. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. Don’t miss this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Rivers NC 12-20-13
    Diane Rivers NC 12-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "From fantastic to done before"

    3.5

    I was riveted the entire way through. The books is kind of in 3 parts. The first part with the aliens arriving and Amy learning to survive by being quiet, not talking for years, the alien attacks and behavior. It was brilliant.

    When they are rescued and brought to New Hope, I was so angry at the people in charged, at Amy's treatment there. My blood was on fire the entire time. I felt like Amy should have been a little more stealthy as she discovered what was really going on, as to not get caught. The ultimate reveals of the why behind everything (aliens, New Hope) left me disappointed. It's all been done before. Although this is done really well. Amy is a solid character, smart and strong and I definitely rooted for her. But I was so enraged at certain characters, at her treatment, that I don't know if I'll read the next one. It was a little over the top or I just don't like the way I felt so angry.

    Julia Whelan is always a great narrator choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu Chicago, IL 07-03-13
    Lulu Chicago, IL 07-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Always looking for my next great listen...

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    "Look out! They are everywhere..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for a fun, easy read (listen) and enjoy post apocalyptic type stories then "In the After" is a great choice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As a stand alone book, I found the ending disappointing. I wanted more. I'm hoping that this book planned to be or turns into a series. I would love to know what is in store for Amy next. It didn't feel complete to me...


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    I actually purchased this audiobook because Julia Whelan was the narrator. I have listened to other audiobooks that she has performed and she is an amazing storyteller. I wanted to listen to more of her work and that is how I found this book. If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to Julia Whelan you should. She is awesome!!


    Did In the After inspire you to do anything?

    Stock up on candy bars, canned ravioli and instant coffee! You never know;)


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Its a fun, easy read (listen) and an interesting story. I think it is an excellent debut novel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-11-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "OK not just another "end of times" story"
    Would you listen to In the After again? Why?

    I don't listen to books after I have heard them. Not yet, anyway.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Demitria Lunetta? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Literate, lively, she brings the characters to live, although the current trend to making the proantagonist is stories "niave" and "unable to see the forrest for the trees" tends to be irksome.
    This story is no exception, but hey, it comes with the territory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the truth of where and what the real issue was. Compelling listening to be sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes abit gruesome, and some funny dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    The highlight of this presentation is the performance by Julia Whelan. Stunning. Full of emotion, authenticity, creativity and flexibility. I recommend her work highly, and notably in this environment.
    For an end of times presentation, recommended, esp. the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SunnySideUpFlorida Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 10-18-13
    SunnySideUpFlorida Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I chose this book primarily for the actress.This is not the usual type of story that I would choose –ie, invasion by alien beings plot. However I enjoyed the book very much up until approximately chapter 26. At that point the plot became somewhat murky, and I strongly debated not listening to the rest. I did however for finish it and I'm glad I did. There was a surprise in the last chapter. I do wish the end would been wrapped up in a more exciting fashion.This is one of those books where the performance could make or break it. The book was greatly enhanced by the performer.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I chose this book primarily because I enjoy Julia Whelan's performance in the audible book GONE GIRL.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Gettysburg PA 10-01-13
    Amazon Customer Gettysburg PA 10-01-13
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    "I love Julia Whelan"
    Would you listen to In the After again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to in the After again. Why? because I can and it easy to enjoy!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenifer Northport, AL, United States 09-29-13
    Jenifer Northport, AL, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2010

    i love reading books. I had a child and found that i couldn't hold a book long enough to read, so i started listening to books. It's great!

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    "great book"
    If you could sum up In the After in three words, what would they be?

    awesome new series


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    i thought she did a good job. She put emotion into it, and thats has a lot to do with how much you are going to enjoy the book. I don't care how great a book is; if you have a bad narrater, you can't enjoy the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Copley, OH, United States 09-18-13
    Christie Copley, OH, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hope author writes more as a continuation!!!"

    This story was FAN !!!!! It really kept my interest. Terrific characters. Couldn't wait to find out what happens next. the end left me wanting more...... I hope this story will continue with another book. So many possibilities. If so I will be the first in line.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 06-29-13
    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!

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    "Great new genre!!"
    What did you love best about In the After?

    (Review written while reading the book and after desperately needing an easy good read) In the after.....opposed to the before. So loving this book it's like Revolution (tv show) plus aliens!! I love female main characters and adding to my love Amy is obsessed with books AND books I like!! Anyways so this book is well written and almost journal style. Normally I would complain about the lack of emotion (duration of mourning) but she is so young it almost works bc she is pretty much traumatized at such a young age. I found it interesting the author is focusing on the not talking aspect of being a survivor (cool and new angle for post-apocalyptic books). Baby is an interesting character as well. Things are a bit vague but I'm digging it maybe I'm in just a weird mood but I am really enjoying this story of aliens (that just act like zombies) taking over kinda and maybe eating everyone. So far nothing is very clear but that is kinda spooky and cool in a way. Very interested to learn more about "them".
    I don't want this book to end :( the beginning is very straight forward easy read. You have to suspend belief but really get over it! The second half of the book can be a bit confusing. It starts to go back in forth in time (or so I think) and move toward the end of the book which we will hopefully learn where the two perspectives of Amy collide!! :D review of end to come! Ok so the ending....I almost had that OMG the whole book is ruined this sucks but it was pulled together. You learn a lot about lingering questions and wow do you look forward to the next book. Like I'm for real depressed thinking how long I will have to wait!! It gets back to the Amy I love and kinda like the beginning if y'all like that! Although it does leave things hanging for a next book I was very happy (unlike many series) that they tied up loose ends alluded at the entire book. Easy read+YA+female lead+weird killer creatures+post apocalyptic+tiny romance=A Emily Goodread!!


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators!! Loved her in this book, Gone Girl and Tell Me! She is fantastic and I so appreciate her narration as it can make or break an audiobook!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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