Monday, July 8, 2013

Audiobook Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

  • Publisher: Harper Audio/ HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Format: Audiobook/Ebook
  • Read by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook and eARC provided by the publisher for review
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They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

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.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

My Thoughts 

Everyone knows that I am into books that are creepy, and this one sounded like it would be. It was to an extent, but not quite what I was expecting. I still really enjoyed it though. I listened to the audio of it in combination with reading the book. I think I enjoyed then equally. I really enjoyed the characters and I thought that the plot moved along really well. I did get a little confused for a while by the way it's told once she gets to New Hope, but I did get used to it, and found that it was actually quite chilling and unsettling.

Amy has been surviving "The After" as she calls it. She is fortunate that her house is pretty much safe, and she knows how to fend for herself. She also has Baby, who she found. She loves her like family and makes sure that no harm comes to her. When the go to New Hope, things get a bit more complicated. She doesn't get to spend as much time with Baby, there are really crazy rules, and there is definitely something more going on. She just needs to figure out what it is. She is putting herself in danger trying to get to the bottom of things though. She is a very tough girl, and I loved her persistence. She could have easily been broken, but she kept fighting.

There is kind of a hint at romance, but it's really not focused on. I loved how it was done, and I think it really enhanced the story. I never really knew whether to trust him or not though, and it made it hard for me to want there to be a romance. I totally understood it though. He seemed to really and truly care about Amy, even if he was hiding some things.

The audio was really great. I liked the reader. Sometimes with a female narrator, they tend to sound too old for the character, but I thought that she did it well. I was a little put off by when she was supposed to be talking in a male voice, but most of the time it seems that it sounds weird when it's a female. There are very few female narrators that do a good male voice. So beyond that, I liked the emotion she was able to put behind the characters and I thought she was a good voice for Amy. Overall it was a great audio to listen to,

This book had plenty of chilling moments, secrets, a great family feel between characters, and some pretty good action scenes. It wasn't quite the creepy read that I thought it would be, and I figured out the twist a little early, but it was fantastic and I think that a lot of people will really enjoy this one. I am looking forward to see where the story will go!! A great first book to what I'm sure will be a thrilling series.

* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Oh goody, a romance that isn't domniating, I'll be def. checking this one out at the library now (if my library even has it because my library is so not up to date). I'm glad it's not excessively creepy as I am no fan but it sounds perfect here, and I like the sound of the connect between Amy and Baby.

    Lovely review, Amy! <33

  2. I was really hoping for more creepy, but it still had enough of the creep factor to satisfy my anyways. :)

  3. I really liked this book too but I liked it better without the involvement of the other secondary characters. The first half with Baby and Amy was so compelling! I couldn't stop reading. I agree about the romance. I liked how the author didn't really focus on it too much, but let it happen in the sidelines.
    Great review, Amy! I'm glad this worked for you! :)

  4. I totally have to read this. Chayse read it and like it.

    1. It was good. I think you would like it.

  5. I really enjoyed this one! I liked the first half more than the second but overall it was a really fun read!

    1. Yeah, the first half was definitely more engaging. The second half was slow, and confusing at first. I found that the first half was more enjoyable to listen to on audio, and the second half I did better when actually reading it.

  6. I feel like when the romance supports a paranormal/dystipian/etc and doesn't become THE story you know and I'm glad this was the case here. Hahaha, when the female narrator speaks in a male voice -- most likely the character is doomed. Haha. I'm glad you enjoyed her reading though and I hope you'll find the next book even more creepy and better than this one:)

  7. I've seen nothing but good reviews for this thus far, so I'm really excited to pick this one up. Even though it's not as chilling as you'd hoped, it does sound awesome. It's actually great to hear that the romance doesn't dominate the story at all, I actually like when there's more of a focus on the actual story, and on familial relationships rather than a romance.

    Lovely review, Amy! <3 <3

  8. This does seem like a cool, creepy read. I'm glad the narration made it even more enjoyable for you, Amy!

  9. I love creepy books too! I just can't get into audi books for some reason! I've tried, but I can see where the voice can bug you if the female narrator sounds too old and can't do a male voice. Excellent Review Hun! You nailed it!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  10. I agree with much of what you said here but I lost a lot of interest in the second half. It was much better when they were out on their own trying to survive.

  11. I've been dying to read this one... and after your review, I'm thinking I will also go the audiobook route. This sounds like it will even creepier on audio! :)

  12. I'm not into creepy but maybe this one would be good since you say it doesn't have a lot of it. Like you enjoyed it.

  13. I am seriously looking for a creepy book to read, too! It sucks this one wasn't as creepy as the title & cover would suggest, but glad that it was still enjoyable. Amy sounds like a character I would like. Great review!

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