Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum

September 7, 2015
Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum. InToriLex, Book Review
FOUR STARS
Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
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SYNOPSIS:

Juneau has been searching for her people and for answers . . . and she is about to find both in the exhilarating sequel to After the End, which Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites, called "Wonderfully riveting."

When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people—and herself—Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

REVIEW:

"When your in a group, you offer your skills for the use and survival of the group. You don't pretend you don't have them. It's not only disingenuous. It's withholding your donation to the common good." 

I'm a big fan of authors who are able to convey meaning into characters without it coming off as unnatural or disrupting the story's flow. Juneau is still grappling with who she is, and how she's going to handle the world now that it's no longer confined to her clan. She's trying to trust herself, while realizing the people she trusted most have lied and kept things from her, her whole life. On the run Miles and Juneau have to deal with the trauma in their lives so that they can learn from it. Miles while still a skeptic at heart starts to learn and respect Gaia and the power of the Yara.

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These two teenagers have to hold it together so that they can do the right thing. The changing perspectives in the book, like in After the End made the pacing of the book fast, and also never seemed to have any awkward transitioning.The supernatural elements of the book, and the way that Juneau continues to use nature and animals as tools give this book really interesting moments, that wouldn't work well without Ms. Plum's awesome finesse. Animals play a big role and in ways that I definitely wasn't expecting in the end.

Although I really enjoyed the book, it was not without flaws, Things were explained, but nothing was resolved in terms of where these characters will end up long term. The Yara could also have been fleshed out more, its lazy to just call it deep nature connection=awesome super powers. Definitely read this if your a fan of the first, just prepare for a more introspective book. There were still some awesome and creative action scenes, and well described new characters definitely keep the story alive, This a well paced action thriller, with unique ideas about how nature rewards it's loyal followers. 

2 comments:

  1. I felt this way about the first book which might be why I didn't pick up the second but I'm glad you still really liked this. Maybe I should give this series another chance.

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    1. Yeah, if you felt like that about book one, definitely skip I always want more answers then I get from authors!!

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