Book Title: Until the Beginning
Author: Amy Plum
Narration: Emily Rankin & Graham Hamilton
Series: After the End #2 of 2
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Audiobook (Library)
Theme Song (My Pick): Gaia Healing Earth's Frequency by WaveSource
…and this, he (Miles) told to the bird…(disclaimer, I may not have spelled things incorrectly in that quote, because it was taken directly from Audio…)
Will I read more from this Author? Meh.
When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.
Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.
Classified as a dystopian, it only delves into actually being one. It's more a spiritual journey for Juneau and Miles. When you think of it that way, it's actually an all right story. Overall, it was interesting, and even though it felt rushed, I'm ultimately glad it wasn't super long.
**I actually don't like birds, it all started when I worked 3rd shift and I would be trying to sleep and they were always chirping...I truly believe they are just rodents with wings.
The creatures in these books are not ones I am familiar with and that can be a risky thing for an author, as it can be easier to stick to those monster we love more, vampires, witches, werewolves etc. Moving away from the familiar can sometimes be disastrous, but this is a fantastic triumph.
I found it extremely easy to identify with the main character Katie, as I am sure most people will be able to. She's fragile, yet plucky and the poor girl just can't catch a beak, something I think we've all felt a one time or another.
I'm not much of a romance fan, I like a good story line, if romance is part of it then fair enough, but romance and sloppy stuff is not really my thing. I was dubious about this as Vincent seems to fall so quickly, but without giving too much away. I think once we discover his past it seems plausible.
Being set in Paris there is some beautiful imagery weaved by Amy Plum, I have never been to Paris, but felt like I was there and I would not be surprised if many people did not make the trip after reading this book.
All in all a good read and highly recommended.