Published: November 24, 2013
Series: After Light #1
Genre: Dystopia, YA
The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.
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There's a new future, realistic characters, a helluva antagonist (aka swarm of them) and I found myself reading the next chapter without a mental reward like "one more chapter and you can pee."
My two bits:
The Hive, where she lives underground, is a peaceful, artificial place where concrete walls are painted with clouds and sunny days but the occupants haven’t seen the outside world for many, many years. The desperation of the residents to see, smell and hear the outside world is tangible but then they get the news that everything might not be safe.
The Hive becomes aware through communication with other Hives that there is a presence above ground. They’re calling them Arvies because of a serum injected into the population in hopes to save them from the radiation. It wasn't properly tested and we get slightly altered "28 Days Later" zombie-like creatures.
With Abi’s Hive having no choice but to breach the surface, no one is safe and the only world that Abi knows is in jeopardy. Now to cut from the drama that I just spilled, I will say here that Cameo Renae has, without a doubt, the longest make-out scenes in the history of YA. I could see why she makes such an impact on readers though. She has a knack of delving into a character and making them believable and relatable. Abi wasn’t a love-struck girl waiting to be saved (thank goodness!), but she is susceptible to hormones and the need to belong.
The book lulled a bit in the middle while there was readjustments to new surroundings but it picked back up at the end where I found myself checking out “Sanctum”, the sequel. No, it wasn’t a cliffhanger. Phew! But, I’ll probably pick up the next book when I can.
The story was well done though. The pacing, other than a small portion of the middle, was engaging and the main character had me believing in her. She also proved she didn’t need a boy to stand on her own two feet which I really appreciated.
About the Author:
I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I'm a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I'll keep writing!
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