In the After

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Lunetta, Demitria. In the After. New York: Harper Collins, (2013).

ISBN: 978-0-06-210546-2, Paperback, $9.99.


               In the After there are no voices, there is no laughter, and there is no happiness. Sixteen-year-old Amy was watching television one day when it happened. The life she knew was gone. She’d seen her neighbors killed and eaten right in front of her eyes, but she managed to survive. For three years, Amy and Baby, a toddler she finds one day when scavenging for supplies, live as successfully as anyone could hope to survive. Thankfully, or maybe not so thankfully, they are rescued and taken to a safe zone where a number of other people are living happily with no understanding of what the After is really like. As Amy tries to cope with these sudden changes, she finds herself under the watchful eye of those in charge, and before she knows it, Amy is struggling to escape this new-found haven. More than anything, she now wants to find herself back In the After.

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The Maze Runner

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Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. New York: Random House, (2009).

ISBN: 978-0385737951, Paperback, $9.99.


               What if you found yourself in a strange place, not knowing your name or anything about your past? That’s what happened to Thomas. He woke up in an elevator, and when the doors opened he was greeted by a group of boys his age in the middle of a giant maze. These boys had already been searching for a way out, sending out the strongest to run the maze, but were unable to find an exit. Picking up clues and encountering vicious monsters, Thomas and the boys’ search becomes more frantic as they try to find out why they are in the maze, who they were before they got there, and what has happened to the rest of the world. Will they find there way through? Will the monsters that guard the maze catch them? What if you woke up one day and found yourself as the next Maze Runner?

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