20 Years Later

Emma Newman

20 Years Later

20 Years Later

  • Title: 20 Years Later
  • Author: Emma Newman
  • ISBN: 9780984498123
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover

LONDON, 2012 It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever.LONDON, 2032 Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for powerLONDON, 2012 It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever.LONDON, 2032 Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for power A place where laws are made and enforced by roving gangs the Bloomsbury Boys, the Gardners, the Red Lady s Gang who rule the streets and will do anything to protect their ownE FOUR Zane, Titus, Erin, Eve Living in this new world, they discover that they have abilities never before seen And little do they know that as they search post apocalyptic London for Titus kidnapped sister that they ll uncover the secret of It, and bring about a reckoning with the forces that almost destroyed all of humanity.

Recent Comments "20 Years Later"

Ok, dystopian literature has a long & honourable history - from Wells via Wyndham up to several current practitioners in the zombie horror field. This is an excellent entry into that Canon. The story is sound - it's about 3 teenagers (Zane , Titus , & Erin) , & their life in a ruined London , 20 years after "IT" hapened . IT isn't explained until close to the end of the book , & is dealt with fairly quickly , which actually works well : I didn't find myself wondering what had cau [...]

Twenty years after a devastating event, which killed most of the world’s people, four teens meet in post-apocalyptic London. Trying to keep the safety of the places they are born into and at the same time facing the horrors of a world, where the fight for survival is played out daily between gangs of different backgrounds, the four main characters of the book stumble upon the secret that nearly destroyed the world and have to stand against forces that are more evil than anything they’ve know [...]

20 Years Later has been one of those books that has been sitting on my Nook (then Kindle) for years. I picked it up as a free read when I purchased my Nook, and then it just sat there. I don’t think I do any favors by doing this to these poor authors, but I guess I can blame it on my magpie brain.This is a YA novel. That is the first thing that should be addressed in the review. I don’t hold YA books to a different standard when reviewing, in my opinion good is good no matter who it is writt [...]

20 Years Later is a book that I was aware of long before it was picked up by fledgling US publisher Dystopia Press. The publishers very kindly sent me a copy to review many months ago, but even before then I already knew a great deal about the story as Emma Newman, the author of 20 Years Later, had been podcasting the story through her website for some time. Three quarters of the way through doing this she got that publishing deal for the book, but Dystopia Press allowed her to continue hosting [...]

Warning: there are spoilers in this review. The major ones have been tagged, but a few small ones that probably won't affect your overall enjoyment of the story are here.I was not overly impressed with 20 Years Later. I'd like to say I loved it. I picked it up in the library and read the cover jacket, and it sounded great. It had a perfectly coherent plot. Not everything ended up tied together, and there are sequels coming, but I don't know if I liked the book enough to read them.The story cente [...]

If I had to describe this book in one sentence it would sound something like this: London, after an apocalypse, with vicious rivalry gangs, crazy doctors, and even kids with supernatural powers. Sounds like a lot to tackle in a book that is just over 300 pages, right? Well, E.J. Newman somehow is able to manage every aspect to craft a great new novel in the dystopic ya genre. She doesn’t hold back. Her writing style helps for a constant flow that made me want to continue reading with only the [...]

20 Years Later is actually my very first post-apocalyptic novel read. Sometime ago, I actually don't have an idea the difference between post-apocalyptic and dystopian book. While absorbing the knowledge in my head, I was compelled and interested on reading this one. Let's find out shall we?PLOT. WOW! From the prologue until the epilogue of the book is simply astonishing. The idea of creating the new world is really brilliant. The thought of the nearest destruction of the entire civilization wit [...]

Emma Newman is an accomplished writer of creepy short stories for adults that wouldn’t be out of place in a “Tales of the Unexpected” collection. 20 Years Later is her first novel, set in a post-apocalyptic London and aimed squarely at a YA audience. A mysterious disaster, refered to only as “It” has befallen the world, and now, twenty years after the event, the dilapidated city is ruled by rival gangs.Zane and his mother live in Bloomsbury, Miri’s healing skills helping them to live [...]

You may also read my review here: mybookishways/2011/06/3.5/5 Stars20 Years Later takes place in a London devastated by an unknown horror 20 years earlier, an event referred to only as It. Ruled by roving gangs, fear and fights over territory are rampant, and killing is a daily event. 15 year old Zane and his mother Miri, have carved out an existence as healers, with no alliances with the gangs, and tolerated mostly for their healing abilities. When the Red Lady places them in her sights, howeve [...]

This was a great book - reads so easily, and I raced through it. Gripping plot of mostly kids, who have formed gangs following an unknown cause of people dying off and gone. Few adults in this new world. At the center is a young man with a gift, and his mother, who in the middle of two gangs, has made peace by supplying them with medical aid and supplies from her garden that she cultivates in the back of her house. The story unfolds slowly as more characters are introduced, more information on t [...]

It had its moments; moments when I was completely sucked in and stayed awake way too long to finish chapters. So I'll give some credit to the author, there. And I thought it was pretty creative to "organize" this dystopia into gangs. But the credit ends there for me. The characters were completely flat, none of the major questions were answered except what "It" was (and if you haven't figured it out by about page 25, you should probably read more, or at least watch more tv),and who caused "It" a [...]

So I really enjoyed this book. WIthout the special powers I could actually see this would be the way of the world if there was a apocalyptic event. I really hope there will be another book after this I didnt want it to be over !

I am going to give this book the benefit of the doubt and say I am not its target audience - yes, I am a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and love me a good book set in London - in that this is squarely Young Adult fiction and I have moved beyond that description awhile ago. So perhaps a typical YA reader would have less problem with the plot holes and clunky dialogue. I am not sure even they would find the character of Zane particularly believable (as other reviewers have pointed out, he is rid [...]

I was spurred to pick this book up by seeing the author speak at Edge - Lit, in Derby. She sat on the horror panel, 'Do We Still Need Monsters' (or some such, it was to do with whether monsters are still necessary in any case - the answer was yes by the way) and I was impressed with the way she came across. As one of my great loves is a good apocalypse story I thought it was worth picking up her debut novel and seeing what I thought of it.In all honesty the answer to that, is that my feeling are [...]

Originally posted at Fragments of Life.In 20 Years Later, a different London existed. It was divided and ruled by gangs. Bloomsbury Boys was headed by Jay. Young and brave, he stood as the leader and the older-brother-figure of the boys he led. They were in constant battle against the Gardners, suit and tie-wearing men who were grown-ups and twice the size of the boys they fought with. The Red Lady’s Gang was probably the strongest of the three gangs with strong hunters for its members. These [...]

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. I finally just bought it for my kindle and read it very quickly. For such a fast read, the post apocalyptic world is built and revealed very slowly. The reader learns about the small patch of London where Zane and his mother Miri live in a mutually beneficial relationship with two of the local gangs. Zane has managed to reach early teens living within this sanctuary of a garden where he and his mother raise the fruits and vegetables that feed [...]

Ok this book has some interesting ideas. I liked the characters. It's just the writing style that needs some help. I feel like there is so much potential, it just needs some refinement. A few things absolutely drive me nuts:1. Don't refer to them as 'children' all the time. The story is told from the point of view of 15 yr. olds and they would never call themselves thatins the feeling2. Telling the reader that the character sees something but doesn't know what it is bothers me. Ex: don't tell me [...]

This book started off a little slow -- but in such a way to create the detailed setting that was so important to the plot. I really enjoyed the world Emma Newman created, and each of the gangs were incredibly detailed and realistic. The main three, Zane, Titus, and Erin were well-developed and easily identifiable characters. Although some areas of the writing style wasn't pleasing, the story kept me interested throughout the entirety of this novel. It was fairly fast paced -- no need to worry ab [...]

This was a book of multiple feelings. I loved the idea and story a lot but i feel the execution could have been a little better. I love the world that she creates in this book and the characters as well. The only thing that bothered me the most was the blocky dialogue that she used and how it seemed she would skip over some parts and didn't give enough details to help the reader understand the world completely. I also felt that Zane annoyed me way to much in some parts.Another example of this wo [...]

I won an Advance Reader Copy of this book from . Thank you, Dystopia Press!One of the most important things about dystopian novels is the worldbuilding, and it is impressive in this book. Not just the description of the world itself, but what has happened to society in the 20 years after It happened. The first half of the book meanders at a good pace through this world from the point of view of three very different children, and it's not until about halfway through the novel it grabbed hold and [...]

A few things bothered me about this book it a stand alone? Is it part of a series? I have no clue. It feels like part of a series since we just get dropped into the story, get very little background or world building, and many posed questions are left unanswered. Then comes the dilemma of whether or not the book was even interesting enough to pursue through a seriesI'm not sure. The other thing that really bugged me is that the author constantly refers to the main characters as "children" and "k [...]

I give this a 'low 3'. (My 3 category - 'things I won't discourage you from reading, but that I wouldn't directly recommend either' might be too large)Pros:- Potentially interesting setting.- Writing is straightforward, and while that's not my favourite style, at least it's not annoying to read.Cons: - No idea who the narrator is or how they (she? based on style) know this information.- Calling a terrible, undescribed event 'It' (yes, with the capital) is corny. Come up with a name, or don't cap [...]

20 years ago most people died of a disease with unknown origins and there's only a small amount of people left.The story is based in London, or what is left of it anyway.People survive in gangs and fight to the death to protect their territories against rival gangs.Zane, the main charachter of the book, is not in one of those gangs but lives a very protected life in his moms garden. Although he does often come in contact with one of the gangs, the Bloomsbury Boys, he is very naïve and oblivious [...]

Well I did enjoy it. The characters were good and it was a strong young adult story without getting to much, and yet I wanted more. Knowing it is the first in a series makes this a better book, had it been a stand alone, I wouldn't have enjoyed it there was to much build and not enough story. The energy around is good, and the premise is believable, I just had more questions that I wanted answered. Knowing they will probably be answered in the books to come made it better, but I felt there were [...]

After a terrible plague sweeps England, the survivors live in a London ruled by gangs. The main character is a 15 year old boy who's mother is a healer. After seeing something strange, they call the "giant", he begins to understand the delicate balance between rival gangs maintained by his mother to keep him safe and the terrible things that may be going on under the ground that may involve his long lost father. I liked the way it unfolded for the character and the introduction of some new peopl [...]

I really liked this book! There was pretty perfect balance of everyting. There was a nice balance of romance and action. The storyline was really great! I really liked the relationship between Zave and Erin although I really would have like it to blossom. For me, I was really surprised that there were more people living with them, I really thought it was a monster! I would've like Eve to be introduced early like Zane, Titus, and Erin. The relationship between Titus and his sister was really grea [...]

The ideas were good and the story was captivating. I liked having the different points of view of Erin, Zane, and Titus but I disagreed with all of them. The writing was interesting but there were a couple of swears and that bothered me. Eventually, I felt like the story was dragged out and I was totally frustrated with the mystery. Newman gets points for being unpredictable and getting me to the point where I just had to know what happened (this cannot be said for every book). She loses points [...]

I found the first few chapters a little slow, and a little difficult to keep up with. A lot of characters names were being written about which made it a hard to keep track of who was who.However, once the story really began the book suddenly changed from a lacklustre introduction to a fully fledged mystery adventure. Every night I couldn't wait to pick it up and start reading. Some nights I missed I was disappointed. The final eight chapters or so were certainly the best keeping me captivated, a [...]

I was a little conflicted with this book. It kept me engaged, and I read it all the way through, but in the end, I didn't really like it. I'm not really fond of any of the characters and I don't care for the supernatural abilities thing added in. Too much going on at once.For starters, I think that the timelime is a little off. Perhaps I would have felt better if the book was 50 Years Later or even 30 Years Later, but it feels unrealistic for a lot of the things to occur 20 Years Later. Maybe my [...]

I really hope for a sequel on this book. Although, it could technically stand alone the epilogue implies there will be another novel. This is a story after "It" happen (what is It? You'll have to read the book to find out). The main character Zane lives with his mother and they are under to protection of two gangs (Red Lady and the Boys). Gangs rule the world they live in now and modern comforts are gone. Zane meets several other individuals (Titus and Erin) who turn his life upside down. Zane, [...]

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