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.
What Folks Are Saying:
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Seventeen-year-old Juneau has grown up isolated in the postapocalyptic Alaskan wilderness, a pristine landscape of “crystalline fields veined with frozen streams.” When her clan is kidnapped, she discovers that the nuclear war they supposedly fled never took place. Struggling to disentangle truth from lies, Juneau plunges into an unfamiliar world to rescue her clan, aided by her connection to the Yara, a mystical nature-force. In this series opener, Plum (the Die for Me books) introduces a resilient, crossbow-wielding, part-Chinese heroine, then forces this driven survivor to cooperate with a spoiled rich kid. Miles Blackwell seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of his CEO father by capturing Juneau, but he’s instead pulled into her attempt to find her people. Misunderstandings and betrayals abound as Juneau and Miles set off on a road trip through the West, coming to appreciate each other in a slow-moving, believable romance. Alternating first-person narrators let readers get to know intense Juneau from inside and out, while offering a window into Miles’s gradual maturation. Ages 13–up.
Plum serves up another paranormal-suspense series opener.
Seventeen-year-old Juneau lives in the wilds of post-apocalyptic Alaska, where elder Whit is teaching her to become clan Sage, to connect her mind with the Yara. This mystical energy enables her to Read distant events and people’s motivations and to Conjure, allowing her to manipulate objects remotely and even to become briefly invisible. Returning from a hunting expedition, Juneau discovers that helicopters have attacked her village and carried off everyone in it. She begins to track them down, then discovers that the story she had been told all her life is a lie: She and her clan are not survivors of World War III, supposedly fought in 1984. Instead of devastation she finds the vibrant contemporary city of Anchorage. Going undercover in a modern world she doesn’t understand, Juneau begins to lose her paranormal powers. Meeting Miles, the son of the powerful man behind the underlying plot, she partners uneasily with him in a trek across the west in search of her clan. The story morphs from paranormal exploration to a chase thriller as Juneau narrowly eludes her pursuers. Miles and Juneau trade narration duties, their present-tense voices nicely distinct; Juneau speaks formally, with a slightly archaic accent, while Miles uses a pleasantly normal contemporary vernacular.
Attractive characters and the fresh, present-day setting should hook genre fans. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)
RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
Plum is an amazing author. Her books are so diverse, each one better than the last. The first half of this unusual book is so different from the second, yet Plum makes it work. A thrill from the start, seeing the story played out through both narratives gives it that extra something special.
Juneau grew up in a post-apocalyptic world. She has only been to her home limits, and she doesn’t dare venture further. But when her family and friends are taken from her, she must venture into the unknown to rescue them. Then she finds out the truth, that everything she’s known was a complete lie. Miles is a typical spoiled rich kid, until he gets expelled. Now on house arrest with nothing to do, maybe he can finally achieve the impossible: get the attention and approval of his father. The key? A weird and freaky girl, Juneau, the link to his father’s business deal. Now on a journey of his own, Miles will discover himself.
Told in short chapters alternating between Juneau’s point of view and that of the skeptical Miles, who will stop at nothing to find her, this fast-paced adventure novel from the author of If I Should Die (2013) pulses with magic, romance, and one humdinger of a cliff-hanger.
School Library Journal
The fast-paced plot, rife with mystery, successfully moves the story forward. The initial setting of Juneau’s camp is fully realized and portrayed in vivid detail. She is a tough, loyal, and smart protagonist and thoroughly developed. Fans of postapocalyptic fiction will enjoy this unusual not-quite-dystopian novel with a dose of corporate espionage. And the cliff-hanger ending will leave them eager for future installments.
This was such a different read, and I couldn’t put it down! Juneau believes that she is one of the last human survivors from WWIII and lives in her small community with everyone who is “one” with the Yara (the force and web of nature, sort of magic and how they can transform, read the wind and other cool things). When her entire clan is kidnapped, she sets off past the radiation border and into a strange world that seems untouched by the war. On the opposite side we have a spoiled trust-fund baby who got kicked out of his school and decides to find this “girl” his dad wants so he can bribe his way back into Yale in the fall (Dad runs a pharmaceutical company and for some reason Juneau has a formula Miles’ father needs). When the two meet, all is not as it seems, and both need to trust and learn from the other. I loved how Amy weaved magic into the story, and Juneau’s loss of faith and abilities was hard to watch, yet so uplifting when she discovers her core strength. I can’t wait to see how the second book plays out, and I seriously don’t know who to trust and who is the enemy. All in all, I loved it!