Signed ARC Giveaway of In the End by Demitria Lunetta & Thoughts on Setting

In the End (In the After, #2)

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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Comments

  1. Erika says

    I have In the After on my Kindle but would love to read both books together after hearing great reviews about both! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. says

    Setting of course is important to me, it’s like picking good character traits. Some are dull and clique and others are very complex. I can say that the setting in ‘In the After’ it’s really complex. The society our character goes from living in, to surviving in, to ‘being rescued’ to. I loved In the After & In the End! I was so amazed by the setting and the turn the book took. I would say so much more but I’m afraid to spoil it for others! I’ve actually tried countless of times to get a signed copy but so far no such luck. Either way I will keep supporting Demitria as a writer and suggesting her books 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • says

      I know! I couldn’t say much about the setting since I feel like it has so much to do with the plot. I’m so glad you enjoyed both books and agree about the setting having an impact on the characters and experience of reading each book. I totally agree that Lunetta provided very complex settings. I can’t wait to see what Demitria does next!

  3. says

    The setting is very important to me. If what’s around the characters doesn’t match what’s taking place, the story won’t make much sense. I like to have a cohesive setting and storyline. I like when the setting is really developed, so I feel like I’m right there next to the characters.

  4. says

    I haven’t read In the After yet, but it’s been on my TBR shelf for a while. I’ll probably read it soon now that In the End is out!

  5. says

    The setting is where you live, you need to feel it…it’s important, but nothing irks me more than misspelled or missing words…where I have to struggle to make out what the author is trying to say (unfortunately, I have read that kind of book).
    I have this book in my TBR list on Goodreads. It looks great.

  6. Jacklin Updegraft says

    I read In The After and I can’t wait to read In the End! I hope the sequel was just as good as the first one!

  7. Becky says

    Setting is hugely important to me! I own In the After but was waiting until In the End came out so I can binge read them!

  8. says

    Ooh I was exited about this one but youre making me even more so. I really enjoyed In the After and one thing I love about this genre is seeing how communities form and work to survive something like this. I really liked how book 1 was done in this aspect and it sounds like Demitria did a great job with the new setting.

    As for how much a setting impacts me as a reader it depends on genre. Dystopians and historicals are especially important in that area. Romance and emotional contemporaries tend to need less atmospheric settings I find. But dystopians especially if the world building is sub par I usually can’t get into it all that much. I need to really feel the desolation or intensity of the world you know.

  9. says

    I love seeing the setting of a book. If it is a fantasy/made-up world, I want to know about it! I love it when the author paints a picture in my head and helps me see the world through the character’s eyes–as if I were there with them! Yes, I do enjoy when the author takes a moment to tell me about the setting. If I don’t know what’s happening around the characters, I begin to fell disconnected from the story, as if the characters are merely floating around in space. I want to see where they are!

  10. says

    I hope I can read In The After soon! I’m avoiding all reviews for it right now…
    I love settings in books, I for one prever plenty of world building to sparse world building and all plot movement! If the world building isn’t right I won’t feel really immersed in the book!

  11. Moira says

    I have not read In the After, but it is on my phone. I am going to try to read it soon however I have problems reading books on Kindles/phones/etc. I would rather go buy a copy of the book to read.

  12. says

    Tough question! I would say I most enjoy settings that are thoroughly unlike our own, like post-apocalyptic or set on other planets. For contemporary, I think I rely much more on an engaging story or characters. (I’m much more forgiving of character depth if there is a zombie or two.) 🙂

    And yep, I read In the After. I enjoyed the setting in that book more when Amy and Baby were on their own in Amy’s house. It got a tad less interesting after that.

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