Wednesday, January 29, 2014

World After by Susan Ee [Review]

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

World After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
Genre: YA Paranormal/Dystopian (Post Apocalyptic)
Release: November 19, 2013
Paperback: 314 Pages
Publisher: Skyspace
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts
If I wasn't already on the Susan Ee train after Angelfall, I certainly am now! This series,  World After starts moments after Angelfall.  Penryn has rescued her sister from the angels, but has been separated from Raffe.  Penryn leaves the aerie with the group of human rebels and tries to start putting her life back together and reconcile the changes in her sister.  Of course, things don't go well and Penryn finds herself looking for Paige again and running into all sorts of trouble.

Things certainly looked grim for Penryn, but once again, I admired her determination and strength.  She didn't willingly go plunging headfirst into danger, but felt she had no choice.  It was rescue her sister or die trying.  Even so, Penryn has a good head on her shoulders (a trait that lacks in YA protagonists sometimes).  I was sad to see that Raffe does not make an appearance until late in the book.  I had to be content to see visions of him that were revealed to Penryn through his sword.  This particular device was sometimes a little clunky, but I did like that it gave us a chance to see certain key events from Raffe's perspective.  And I will say that when they Raffe and Penryn finally connect, it is pretty awesome and there is a pretty swoony moment on the beach.  The things this book does to my heart. Penryn and Raffe's relationship is probably my favorite thing about this series.  I love the slow burn, the mutual admiration, the reluctance, the longing.  All of it.  It is believable and sometimes even heartbreaking. 

We also learn more about why the angels have invaded Earth and what their end goal is.  Let's just say it isn't good.  There were parts that slightly horrified me.  I wasn't expected it to get so dark and twisted, but I liked it.

Overall, a really great follow up to Angelfall.   I think some will be disappointed in the lack of Raffe, but the payoff IS pretty great. I love how different and exciting this series is.  I honestly cannot wait until the next book!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Angelfall
2. World After
3. Untitled #3
4. Untitled #4
5. Untitled #5

1 comment :

  1. I've heard that there is a lot less of Raffe in this book, which is slightly disappointing but I still can't wait to get my hands on it. Angelfall was amazing, and I've been hearing equally good things about this book as well. Thanks for the review, it's gotten me even more excited about reading the book :)



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