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20 Years Later [Kindle Edition]

Emma Newman
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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 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 own.THE 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Dystopia Press; 1 edition (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIZJV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drink Deep Of This Tale 3 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who is not naturally drawn to Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic books or films I was somewhat surprised, bordering on shocked, to find E.J. Newman's, '20 Years Later', in my hands. I tentatively opened the first page to find the word 'Prologue' in front of me. Grooooaaaaaan.... I hate prologues! I contemplated skipping it, but I slapped my hand, steadied my eyes and started to read, and much to my surprise I was instantly hooked. The way she introduces the new world and the four, Zane, Titus, Erin and Eve, who saved it, drew me deeper and deeper in. I answered yes to all of the questions she posed. I wanted, no needed, to find out what happened and who these amazing four were.

And so, here we are, it's 2032, 20 years after It happened, and there is no room for pathos here. Set in London, E. J Newman presents her world in a gritty, very matter of fact way. This is how it is. There are gangs who will fight to the death and places you wouldn't dare to go. The teens don't question the fact that no one goes out after dark or that the chaos of abandoned artifacts that surround them once had a use beyond just lying about the place. I love that none of this is questioned because this is, in truth, how most of us relate to our reality. It's just happening, so what? At the beginning no one even bothers about what the It, that killed off most of the population in 2012, even was. It happened way before they were born, it was history that held no interest for them, until the disappearance of Lyssa, that is, which galvanised the four into action. And if you love fast paced, gruesome and sometimes very bloody action, then here it is.

I loved the dream room and watching the four discover their talents was an absolute treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocalyptic Friendship 20 May 2011
By HeikeM
Format:Kindle Edition
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 known before.
The books story is set in 2022 - which isn't really that far away, but the London we are about to enter is a very different one. IT, something unspeakable and unknown to the children of that world, has decimated the planet's population and here survival is the main thing that rules your day. No electricity, no internet, none of all the wonderful things we have - just the fight to stay alive. Gangs have formed, pockets of fragile peace kept by either the strict rulers of said gangs or people like Miri, who is a healer and as such enjoys the freedom of independence from any gang. She is Zane's mother, one of our four teens who will meet under strange and stressful circumstances to find the lost sister of one of them - but really to discover the evil that destroyed our world and stand against it.
The novel is gripping and takes you firmly with it - you only will be able to leave it after you read the last page of the book. The story of the children's growth from innocence to maturity is told so sensitively that you only near the end realise how the children have changed, how the ignorance about the real world has evolved into rather too much knowledge. I enjoyed that a lot, how changes creep rather than explode into one's life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real teens in an imaginative future 3 Jun. 2011
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In E.J. Newman's 20 Years Later (2011), the author writes teenagers not wisely but too well. The setting isn't breaking new ground - London, one generation after some sort of mysterious apocalypse. Nor is the plot - a group of seemingly unrelated teens develop mysteeeeerious powers.

However, Ms. Newman's characters are possibly the most accurately "teen" of all the teenagers I've recently encountered. This is very much a mixed blessing. They're stubborn, annoying and thick - but they're also intuitive, passionate and brave. The result? Characters easy to appreciate but often hard to connect with (at least for this [ostensibly] adult reader). Their behaviour can be frustratingly impulsive, but it is never out of character.

On the subject of bravery, Ms. Newman adds her own gutsy twist to the genre by keeping the world tantalisingly enigmatic. Even the defining apocalypse stays a mystery until the final chapters. The story is bookended by a cryptic framing device, but, for the bulk of the novel, the character-focused, day-to-day experience strikes the right balance between gritty realism and hyper-real parable. The characters start small, but grow into the epic in a jerky, but natural, progression. There are also some imaginative ideas about future London gangs. Ms. Newman's style isn't as relentlessly grim, but she does capture the futuristic danger of her ruined city.

Overall, a strong effort that has an intriguing world and a lot of heart.
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20 Years Later is a fast paced and cleverly plotted novel about London in the near future following a devastating disaster that kills the majority of the world's population. Although the book is the first of a series the main plot of the book is completely self-contained and resolves satisfyingly by the end of this first volume.

Discussion of the story is difficult without spoiling elements of it. Suffice to say that the action mainly follows a teenager named Zane who has previously led a moderately sheltered existence in a tiny oasis of safety within the bleak and dangerous city London has become in the world of the book. Newman introduces us to a rich cast of characters, but whilst parts of the story are occasionally told from other points of view the focus always returns to Zane. Amidst all the remarkable events, the book is to some extent about Zane's transition from the innocence of childhood to his life as a young man in a far larger world. The characters in the book are extremely authentic in a way that has become unusual - even a little unfashionable - in young adult writing. Fortunately, Newman's cast of heroes are fundamentally likeable despite their flaws. I found myself caring even about those characters I couldn't empathise with.

In stylistic terms the book pulls no punches. Newman is not about to let us pretend that apocalyptic disasters are all good fun really. Indeed, I wouldn't recommend the book for any pre-teen readers of a sensitive disposition. It avoids gratuitous unpleasantness, though. The harsh realities of future London are the world Zane lives in and part of the book's success in drawing the reader into that world is an explicit, almost documentary approach to detailing this future world as he sees it.
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