Review: World After

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World After (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed on March 8, 2015


Book Blurb

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?
 
 
 

Review

Review contains spoilers for Angelfall.


You know that feeling when you love a book so much, you try to savor the words and take your time rereading every fragment, no matter how insignificant to the story?

Well, if you don’t, then it’s too bad you’re left out of the experience.

World After is a worthy sequel to Angelfall. Just when I thought the series couldn’t get any more disturbing, it did.

“You’re a hero, Penryn, whether you like it or not.”

Our heroine Penryn continues to kick ass and refuses to let her family go down with the apocalypse. Though, with the new troubling struggles, her loyalty is tested and she is pushed to the edge of limits on how far she’s willing to go for her dysfunctional family— and for humanity.

Like Penryn, I underestimated Paige and their mother. As the story goes on, it’s difficult not to view them as terrible burdens, but in World After, they prove they can well look after themselves and I learn to appreciate their characters more. Penryn’s mother, for one, still scares the shit out of me, but she’s loyal and cares for her daughters in her own bizarre way. Sometimes, I don’t know whether I should be grateful or fearful for her “insanity” and intelligence. Then I realize there’s nothing wrong with being crazy in a world that’s already messed up.

“People and animals aren’t that different. We can all tell when we’re being led to slaughter.”

Back in my pre-Angelfall days, I had no clue what was the meaning of the bat wings on the cover of World After. Imagine my fucking rage and misery when Raffe’s wings were stolen from him in Angelfall. Also in its predecessor, Penryn was left at death’s door, so there was much to anticipate in World After: Raffe’s assumption that Penryn is dead, Penryn’s place in the Resistance, political turmoil among the angels, the Messenger of God, the gruesome fate of humans, and other angel business.

“Too bad angels aren’t killed like vampires. We could lure them here and have a field day.”

With another asskickng ending— and thank goodness for no heartbreaks— Susan Ee leaves me wanting more! I rate World After 4 stars and trust the dear author to strike into my core with her final installment End of Days.

My soundtrack for World After: Warriors | Battle Cry | Flicker | Carmen

Digital copy provided by publisher through Netgalley. It was given freely in exchange for an honest review and in no way does the generous gesture affect my opinions.

Here is my Angelfall review.
 
 
 

Rating

4 Stars!
 

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Cee named The Mistress Case after Sherlock (BBC with Benedict) and Supernatural (Dean, baby). She writes mainly book reviews. On occasions, movies and TV shows. She reads and reviews in many genres, including fantasy, historical, contemporary, romance, erotica, mystery, etc. She personally rains more love on fantasy and historical romance and hopes you won't hold it against her. Caoi.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, I stopped reading your review when I saw "spoilers for Angelfall" but omgsh!!! I can't believe you read both books already!! I'm so jealous!!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

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