Author: Amy Plum.
Published: May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen.
Sort: After the end #1.
Source: ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future. World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
Juneau grew up with the knowledge she was going to be the next clan leader. She is capable of ‘Reading’ which is done with the energy from Yara. Whit is her guide, but everything he ever told her appears to be a lie. When Juneau returns from hunting, her clan is kidnapped and people are looking for her. She runs into Miles, which is just such a 'coincidence'. He is looking for her, because his father is after her and Miles hopes to get some credits. This leads to a lot of the same: traveling, escaping and running.
I disliked how Miles is able to find Juneau that easily. She changed her looks, so there is no way he could recognize her after that transformation. It was something that happened to make the story unravel, but it was by no means realistic. Also, Juneau grew up in isolation, but she is able to drive a car without any problem?
Juneau and Miles obviously don’t trust each other, but they are aware they need each other at the same time. Miles is “the blissfully ignorant spawn of the rich” and Juneau is a “paranoid schizophrenic.” It’s not long before they start to get feelings, even when Juneau had some clever moments where she tells herself that there is no time for a stupid teenage boy. But, like many other weak Dystopian MC’s, she soon falls for his charm.
I feel okay about both characters. They aren’t the best, but I've encountered worse characters. I felt a little disconnected from them and the interesting plot around Juneau’s reading powers doesn’t get to shine. The slow pace kills everything and that is a shame. Most annoying about this book? The fact that the ending makes me want to read the sequel.