Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

When I had read the first book, Angelfall, I hadn't meant to go on to the next installment right away, I had been planning to read something else and then some time later I read the next book. I don't know why, it just hadn't made me want more desperately. However after that ending I didn't have much of a choice. Not like I minded it. Not at all.

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Skyscape
Published: November 19th, 2013
Pages: 314 (Paperback)
              336 (eBook)
              438 (Kindle Edition)


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:

Without repeating myself I continue where the preamble finished. Where was that? Oh yeah, ginormous cliffhanger ending. So I eagerly got on with Penryn's story, which picked up the thread exactly where the first book finished, or rather even went back a bit, a few minutes and that was a bit confusing, but it got clarified pretty quickly and this solution proved to be definitely benefiting, since it would have been hard to got back to the story when we are in a middle of a fight. I am not implying an actual fight, just the general situation of the book, so no I didn't divulge anything.

A few days ago, I read an article about the trite of trilogies. Long story short, it said the first book is always the best, revolving around the real story, full of action, the second is only a vault to the three and so it's usually pretty dull, and the third is a harrowing closure of the sequel, especially with this new habit of the writers that they actually kill their most loved characters, often including the protagonist. And this all derives from the fact that most of these books were meant to be single novels, but they were big hits and the publisher decided to stretch them out to a trilogy. I basically agree, however, in my opinion, there are exceptions. And this sequel is one of them. Though it only consists of two installments yet, but the third one will come out in 2015. Not just was it full of action, not letting go of the reader for a heartbeat, but there were real relevant acts in it. Fights and treason, collusions and experiments, character development and realizations and so much more.

Penryn grew a lot somewhere between the two volumes. In this book, she is not the sometimes annoying and childish little big girl anymore, she is a full grown-up, mature, obstinate woman. I liked her much more than in the previous novel. Character development tick.

I really did miss Raffe, he had a short appearance in this installment, nevertheless if you can wait until he arrives finally, you will be thrilled out of your pants. It is worth it. It is the good, old sarcastic Raffe with a hint more protectiveness.

However, despite all the gushing, I cannot give it five books. I can't really put my finger on it why, but it does not feel like a five-books worthy novel. In spite of this, I still love it and cannot wait for the third piece of the sequel, but sorry not sorry, I am going to give it four.


Cover: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Plot: 5/5
Writing style: 4.5/5

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About the author:

Susan Ee is the bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days series which takes place in the San Francisco bay area. The first book, ANGELFALL, is being translated into 20 languages around the world. The second book, WORLD AFTER, was recently released in Nov. 2013 to international acclaim. The film rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe. Susan used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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