In the End by Demitria Lunetta – Spoiler Free!

In the End by Demitria Lunetta

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Pages: 448
Source: Edelweiss/HarperCollins
Rating: 4 out of 5

In the End by Demetria Lunetta is a fabulous conclusion to this post-apocalyptic/dystopian duology. This book is the sequel toIn the After (check out my review here), following the story of a teenage girl surviving in a world overrun by Florae, green, alien/monster-like creatures. Compared to its predecessor, both books are quite similar in that the character development remains as a strong point in both novels so that the reader gets a better glimpse of Amy as a main character. The story is riveting throughout. The ending of the book is overall decent, but not entirely satisfying. However, In the End wraps up the series as a whole in a well-done manner.
The new factor that is introduced in In the End is the change of setting. I am grateful that Lunetta decided to do this because it definitely keeps the reader interested and curious about a new and different setting. What new problems will arise? Will the main character feel comfortable here? Who will she meet? These questions ran through my head as I started this sequel, and clearly, it kept me involved in the story, making me want to read more.

Additionally, there is a new set of characters that is introduced in the story following the new setting. I liked seeing how Amy interacted with these new people, and whether or not they could be trusted. Lunetta is on point in that she is able to craft these characters that have multiple sides to them, they beg to be investigated further. They’re complicated and intriguing to read about for sure.

The plot overall is about the same pace level as book one; you get the action scenes, the info scenes, and the character interaction scenes. The plot is again, well paced with variety of slow and fast parts of the story. The conclusion of the story was a bit of a problem for me though. I was reading on my Kindle and looked down at how far I was in the story– 94% done– and thought to myself, “How in the world is this book going to be wrapped up in 6%?!” Turns out, that’s because it was slightly rushed and resolved a little too easily. Lunetta leaves the ending open to interpretation, but it’s clear where the rest of the characters’ lives are headed by the end. I just wish that the ending was a little more elaborate and satisfactory.

Overall, I really do think that In the End is a sufficient conclusion to In the After. It’s nothing more, nothing less than its predecessor. This dystopian and survival story is fun, riveting, and one you might want to check out if you’re in love with these types of stories! Lunetta is highly proficient in crafting multi-faceted and unique characters. This duology is highly recommended–and bonus–there’s only two books in this series, so definitely pick it up!


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