20 Years Later by E.J. Newman

Title: 20 Years Later
Author: E.J. Newman
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Dystopia Press
Pages: 313
Source: ARC from Publisher
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Summary via Goodreads:

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.
20 Years Later is an excellent and astonishing start of a new post-apocalyptic series! I just found out some weeks ago that the genres dystopia and post-apocalyptic are different in some ways and 20 Years Later is my very post-apocalyptic book I’ve read. It was also one of my anticipated reads this year and didn’t let me down!
The story’s plot is the one that piqued my interest in reading this book. The idea of “It”, the reason why the world was destroyed and nearly disintegrate the entire humanity, with the gangs, and these four protagonists with special abilities was just really fascinating!
One of my favorite aspect of the book, E.J. Newman’s writing felt fresh and it gives the book a powerful voice and let the readers’ mind picture the world vividly and feel the character’s emotion as if they were in the story themselves. In addition, Newman is not only an excellent and creative writer but also a fantastic world builder. One of the key in creating an effective dystopia or post-apocalyptic story is making a believable setting and Newman just did that impressively. The new London she created, which was set in 2032, was a picture of loss, sadness, uncertainty and fear all at the same time.
I really like stories with characters who are very different from one another yet the same in some ways. Newman coupled 20 Years Later‘s original plot with her credible and likable characters. Zane is the naive and soft-hearted one, Titus is clever with solid conviction while Erin is the tough and realistic one. Eve was not fully introduced until the middle part of the story but I think she’s quite like a combination of Zane and Erin. I’m not really sure who’s my favorite out of these four characters because each of them has captured my heart. They have this strong individuality and voice and the way they developed in the story really impressed me. I also enjoyed the supporting characters like Jay, Miri, Callum and other characters from the gangs although their purpose in the story still felt like a mystery somehow which is one of the many reasons why I cannot wait for the next book.
Also, if you hate prologues or epilogues in stories well you might give 20 Years Later an exception because, in my opinion, this one has a very interesting and inviting prologue and epilogue. The prologue and epilogue contains some things to anticipate on the next book, plus the way it was written was also really interesting.
20 Years Later is definitely one of my favorites although there are a few parts in the first few chapters where I felt the pacing was too slow but overall, I enjoyed it very much. I’m giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I thought the ending was satisfying and exciting, too. I’m looking forward into reading the next book, 20 Years Later: Legacy.
I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Dystopia Press, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review of this book.


  1. Rie Conley

    June 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Oh, this sounds so good!

    I haven't heard of this publisher before. I am now checking it out now!

    Thanks for bringing my attention to this!

  2. Laura (The Zealous Reader)

    June 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I've been dying to read this one ever since the cover was released. Now that I know you liked it it's #1 on my to-read list!

  3. Alison

    June 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Great review! It sounds like the author does an excellent job of world-building to create a different London and has fresh, powerful writing. Love that.

  4. Emma Newman

    June 15, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for such a fantastic review, I'm especially pleased you liked the characters so much! Em x

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