Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Book #: 2 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” series
Publication: November 2013, by Hoddor and Stoughton
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?
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women – Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”
I freaking love this series! Seriously! It’s now definitely on my favorites list. It has everything, from a fast pace, to an interesting storyline, to an amazing love interest and all of it written in an extremely fascinating and capturing way. I could not put this second book down.
But first things first. World After starts exactly at that moment where Angelfall ended. Exactly at that moment. Like 2 minutes after Angelfall’s ending. That threw me a bit off in the beginning, as I had finished Angelfall a few months ago and didn’t 100% remember exactly at what point of the story we were left. I got over it a few pages later, though, and after that had no problem orienting myself and getting back into the story. The positive side of that was that we were thrown back into the middle of action again.
If you thought the first book was fast paced and action packed, you have seen nothing yet. The second has much more fighting scenes, terrifying creatures and anguishing moments. It also has a lot of gore. Like, really a lot of it. Those creatures that I mentioned? They are described in every detail, as is every fight scene and knife-cutting-through-flesh moment. If you are not really into that, then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I, however, had no problem with it. Okay, maybe it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, reading how exactly a person looked with parts of his/her body missing, but it definitely added to the story. I can’t imagine reading this exact story without all those gory details, it would be too different.
I really liked where the story went and by the end of the book I could start seeing some mysteries getting unfolded, though not yet completely. I also liked seeing more of Penryn’s sister, Paige, as she was completely absent in the first book. We can now get to know her a little better, or rather get to know the new Paige after the whole cutting and stitching and monster-izing procedure happened to her. She’s quite different now, but still the dynamics between her, Penryn and their mother are very strong. Speaking of which, I loved that we had a few moments with the girls’ mom. I always thought she added a creepy, yet fantastic edge to the whole story. Definitely looking forward to reading more scenes that involve her!
The one thing I was a bit disappointed about, was that there was not a lot of Raffe! The witty little dialogs between him and Penryn had been my favorite part of the first book and we didn’t get enough of them in the second. I’m also very excited to finally start seeing some romantic action between those two! I ship them so much! I do like that the relationship is going slowly, because it actually makes sense if you think about the whole “forbidden” thing and all, but I can’t help but want to see those two together as soon as possible! That being said I have to admit that I didn’t REALLY mind him not being there, just because there were a million other things happening to keep me busy. So that’s a huge thumbs up for the writer for making me love the story even without Raffe in it (who is actually my favorite part of the book).
But, we do get at least some smartass dialog towards the end of the book that honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously sitting on my sofa, reading the book and laughing all by myself. Thank you so much dear Susan Ee for making this book so funny and pleasurable and un-put-downable and awesome-tastic! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I seriously cannot wait!
Everyone thinks I’m dead.
A perfect sequel to the first book
Love where the story is going and how some mysteries are getting unfolded.
Would have loved to have some more Raffe scenes!
Recommend it for…
- a fast paced, action packed read
- people who don’t mind gore