After the end – Amy Plum
Blurb on Goodreads blurb says:
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.
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.
So Juneau is set loose in the big modern world which would be extremely difficult and traumatising for a young girl who has lived in the wild all her life. But we are spared that. It just so happens that Juneaus little tribe had a complete set of Encyclopedia Brittanica which Juneau had read through several times – go figure!
The other main character is Miles, a spoiled rich kid who has never really amounted to anything but who wants to win back his dads favor. When he finds out his dads company needs to find a teenage girl with information they need he figures this is a good way to please his father so he sets off to find the girl.
After the end is told in dual points of view; Juneau and Miles. Dual pov´s can be difficult but Plum did do a decent job of giving the characters distinct voices so I never got confused over the change in person. So that´s something.
But to be honest this book was a disappointment. I gave it two stars on Goodreads but that was merely because I did actually finish it. The characters didn´t engage me, the so called romance was ludicrous and not believable for a second. And don´t even get me started on that ending, ugh! No, Juneau, just no.