Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Book Description:
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

My Thoughts:
When I discovered the awesomeness of Angelfall about 3 months ago I didn't have to wait long for the sequel, World After delivers so freaking much, I'm not sure if it’s better than its predecessor, but still worth reading and awesome and I LOVED IT! It was still sit at the edge of your seat good, I can't wait for book 3!

Moving on, enough gushing....

In Angelfall we learn the world is destroyed by angels which left the world a mess and full of chaos. World After picks up immediately where Angelfall left off which is nice since some sequels like to just repeat what happened in the previous book, but not this one! We continue following the main character and heroine Penryn who really doesn’t get much of a break. I love Penryn as a character, she's real and authentic, she can kick butt yet underneath the hard exterior she is still just a teenager dealing with difficult life issues. Its shows a soft side to her, one where she cares about people, where she struggles and hopes for humanity. The author did a great job of showing an amazing thought process of maturity in a young girl who has had to grow up too fast in order to survive and keep her family alive.

Penryn’s mom is still psycho, but she plays more of a part in this one that you don't see much of in Angelfall.

Throughout Angelfall, Penryn is searching for her little sister Paige, who was taken by the angels. In World After ee learn more about Paige and what had happened to her.  Paige is a character that instills sympathy in the reader because of her disabilities, and now her new challenges. Because of what happened to her Paige has become something else, and there really is more than meets the eye. But it's sad and creepy all at the same time.

One thing that was unique about this series and this book is the sword. The sword that belonged to Raffe. This sword communicates through dream sequences to Penryn about Raffe and the sword's story and life together. It was really fun to see Penryn and the sword bond it even makes you chuckle when it comes to certain things that Penryn does in order to keep the sword "safe."

What is nice is the fact that this story isn't drenched in romance, but has a nice undertone and even lets you take a break from all the ruin, destruction, and despair in order to have your other heart strings tugged as you yearn and hope for Raffe and Penryn.

World After was definitely worth reading and owning. The problem now? is the long and agonizing wait for book 3. grrrrr....

Violence: Heavy (PG-13 battle sequences, disturbing scenes of  creatures ripping people apart {not too gory} and death of humans)
Sexual Content: mild
Language: mild
Drugs/alcohol: none

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