Today I am thrilled to be able to share with one of my readers a signed ARC of In the End by Demitria Lunetta (seriously doesn’t she have the most beautiful name?). Tomorrow, June 24th, this sequel and conclusion to In the After releases. I loved the first book (my review) and interviewed Demitria last year.
I am incredibly impressed with her writing and creativity in her world building and characters. I felt she achieved such a beautiful relationship between Baby and Amy in the first book and couldn’t wait to see what she would do in this follow-up. If you’ve not read these books I’d recommend them. I’ll be publishing my review in the next week so keep an eye out for it.
If you’ve not read the first book and want to go into reading this series without any knowledge regarding setting then skip on ahead to the bottom for the giveaway. I’ll not post any spoilers other than mentioning locations.
Thoughts on Setting
Along with this giveaway I wanted to talk about world building and how the setting affects how you interpret and relate to the story and characters. I don’t know about you but for me where a story is set has as much to do with my enjoyment of a book as the characters and plot. I think it takes a very skilled writer to create a world that you as a reader feel a connection to.
If you’ve read In the After then you were introduced to New Hope a civilization created to give new life to the survivors. Things are run fairly strictly but people still do have some relative freedoms. There are punishments for crimes and there are rules to live by. I found the first novel’s exploration about this so interesting and tried to imagine how it would feel to live there myself. I loved seeing how a world that mimicked our current one much more than the life that Amy was living prior was so less freeing to her.
In the End focused on life in a different settlement, Fort Black. Let me tell you this place was a far cry from New Hope. I thought Demitria did an excellent job highlighting these differences.
While reading In the End this topic came to mind because Demitria really explores how a contained civilization after an apocalyptic event runs itself; or rather how the people allow someone in power to rule them. I was impressed with how thorough she was able to create these two incredibly different places in my mind and realized that my relationship and connection to Amy shifted in a new environment. I loved that Demitria was able to show different sides to Amy that felt true to her character but also helped me the reader relate to the setting.
I want to hear from you, how much does a setting impact you as the reader? Do you ever enjoy a book more because you can relate to the world or enjoy traveling through it? Or, on the other hand, do you ever find yourself less enthused because the world building was lacking or not a place you had as much interest in?
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