Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones

Extinction Point

Extinction Point and its sequel Exodus are apocalyptic candy, where one woman finds herself alone in a world, which has been wiped out by a biological alien invasion. I must confess, this book scared me … (I am easily spooked.) But Jones’ story also kept me reading and reading and reading. I had to find out what happens next, discover what wiped out life on Earth and witness alongside Emily the end of our world and the birth of a terrifying new one. This book is a page-turning thriller with a fantastically designed story. What if you were the last living person in New York, what if the only other survivor you know of was 4500 miles away and what if the millions of human carcasses around you would slowly transform into something alien and frightening. Paul Antony Jones has a few really great angles towards the alien invasion apocalypse and he knows how to spice it up with good horror moments, too: A bit from Ridley Scott’s Alien movies, H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds or I Am Legend.

While the concept of the story is really captivating, the author’s somewhat domineering love for details is NOT. As much as I did enjoy half of the book, the other half was boring enough to skip. It’s not so interesting really which clothes Emily packs into her backpack, and how many other things she places in that backpack and especially not where exactly she places every object in the backpack. It’s the same with changing clothes, riding her bike, or making herself a cup or coffee. Those needlessly prolonged chapters could have been easily removed and besides, it would have done the novel a great favor.

In spite of the minor criticism points, I still demolished Extinction Point in a single sitting like a big tub of New York Super Fudge Chunk Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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In the After by by Demitria Lunetta

12157407That was an enjoyable and interesting post-apocalyptic thriller with a courageous young girl and a forsaken world full of vile creatures.

This novel is intense. I especially liked the narration. In the After was a very memorable and well-written book, alternating suspenseful between past, present and future.  Characterization and depth are added step by step to this story though flashbacks, outlooks and an action-packed present. It had a few heart-stopping, page-turning and “chew-your-nails” moments. Take away the prehistoric animals from Jurassic Park and you have a very similar moment in the novel:

The novel is very emotional, too. For one there’s the sister like relationship between Amy and Baby, a toddler Amy finds and rescues in an abandoned supermarket. For years they escape death, forging a bond as strong as sisters, until they are finally rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living on a former government research compound.  Their relationship is so lovely because even though it seems like the end of the world, there is still something beautiful to hang on to; a reason to not give up. In a world in which even the tiniest sound can mean death sentence, a world where you have to live in silence, two girls find a way to talk to each other, to communicate with their hands and to create their small happy place. It was really amazing.

With pulse-pounding narrow escapes In the After is an action-packed dystopian page-turner that does not disappoint.

12 Young Adult Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Books Worth Reading

 

I’ve put together a small list of young adult dystopian or post-apocalyptic books that I really enjoyed reading.

1. In the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

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.

2. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. As initiation transforms them all, Tris discovers unrest and growing conflict.

3. Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1) by Annie Walls

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way not to draw the living dead. Venturing out of her refuge, she realizes that the world has moved on without her and humanity continues to hang on by a thread.

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan

In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her.

5. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

6. Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld

Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait for the operation that turns everyone from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. Tally is offered the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.

7. Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

8. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games.

9. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

10. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

11. Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family.

12. The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.