Surviving an alien apocalypse (check). Escaping repressive, fanatical scientists (check). But that is hardly the end for Amy, as this sequel to In the After (2013) demonstrates.
Having escaped the “safe” enclave New Hope with the help of friends, 17-year-old Amy keeps her sonic emitter close to ward off Floraes, which, it turns out, are humans zombified by a bacteria rather than aliens. Amy isn’t sure she wants to travel to Fort Black, another enclave of normal humans, until she gets a communication from her friend Kay that the evil Dr. Reynolds, who nearly killed Amy, now has her foster sister, Baby, and is experimenting on her. Kay indicates that Ken, her brother, who is at Fort Black, may be able to help. When Amy arrives, she finds Fort Black was actually a prison, and conditions haven’t improved much. She must try to find Ken while dodging homicidal maniac Tank. She has the help of Jacks, the Warden’s nephew, but she must pretend to be Jacks’ possession, which doesn’t sit well. Can she find Ken and maybe help with a vaccine to end the Florae menace? Lunetta’s conclusion to her duology is not as twisty or enthralling as its predecessor (all the good reveals have been revealed), but it does extend Amy’s tale with action and romance.
Fans will enjoy this greatly, but the real punch was in the first. (Science fiction. 13-18)