Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review of World After by Susan Ee - 5 stars!

Happy Thursday!

Few days ago, I saw a book in amazon, which I have waited for very long time, just to realize, it came out already in November last year. I have no idea how I've missed that. So, to correct my own wrong, I purchased it and read it immediately.

I am talking about World After by Susan Ee. I loved Angelfall, which is the first book in the Penryn and the End of Days Series and to rush ahead, I also loved World After. Here is the review.

Author: Susan Ee
Title: World After
Series: Penryn and the End of Days, book #2
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publishing date: 19th of November 2013
Pages: 360 pages in paperback
Genre: YA: Paranormal, Fantasy, Thriller, Dystopian, Romance, Science-Fiction
Source: Purchased from amazon


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 review:

World After is a terrifying and amazing page turner.
This one sentence describes it all and then again, it describes way too little.

I am totally freaked out and in love with the world that Susan Ee has created. I wouldn't want to live in it, but it is strikingly thrilling and horrifying and fascinating. As I was with Angelfall, I still am in love with the idea of the angels destroying the world. Usually in the world of literature, angels are seen mostly as good creatures with some exceptions of few fallen ones, but in Penryn and the End of Days books, angels are as bad as you can get them. I think it is awesome!

The best part of it is, that it is still unknown WHY the angels are destroying the earth. The author gives some light to it during the World After, but not nearly enough to see the big picture. The author keeps you guessing, giving not much away.  You see glimpses of angel politics, bad planning and get the understanding of dirty angel politics, but it's like teasing - the tension is building and I think it will keep building until couple of more books in the series are out. Honestly, I can't wait!

When Angelfall could not in my opinion be described as a thriller, then World After definitely can! The creatures you meet, the horrifying scenes you are getting from the bloody torture of humans, the scientific experiments and gene mutations on humans - all of the before mentioned proves, that Susan Ee can write and combine different genres like it was a walk in the park. And what an imagination she has! It is actually spooky because what I thought started out as a YA series, I am not so sure anymore if it can be called YA. There is nothing YA readers can't read in there, but the world, which you see and experience in Susan's books, I bet it can give some younger readers with weaker nerves some serious thrills. It's dark, it's horrifying and yet, it's utterly unique and amazingly written world.

Susan Ee's writing style is rare. World After is written from Penryn's point of view which is quite descriptive, but never boring. I loved that we get to know Raffe little better and the fun part of it is, that the author tells more about Raffe through his sword. I think it was a brilliant way of doing it! Besides that, there is not a lot of dialogue, but the dialogue you see in the book, is great! It's funny and feisty and it gives you good laughs.


World After pick up right there where Angelfall ends. I don't want to give much away what happens in the book, so very briefly:
Penryn survives the attack from the scorpion monsters and Raffe thinks she is dead. Penryn is brought to the Resistane together with her mom and Paige, but since Paige is changed, they can't stay for long. Paige takes off and Penryn needs to find her sister... again. Her journey takes her to Alcatraz and towards the end of the book she meets Raffe again.

Be prepared to lots of surprises in the plot! There is nothing obvious in this book.


My favorite new character - Pooky Bear! You will need to read the book to understand why Pooky Bear won my heart. I loved that Raffe's sword is teaching Penryn more about how to fight and also gives Penryn deeper insight into Raffe. The sword is a story-teller and I have to admit, without these stories shown by the sword, I would have missed Raffe terribly. Yay for Pooky Bear!

I keep admiring Penryn and I think she is one of my all time favorite YA heroines in the world! She is brave, selfless, smart and never loses hope. Her love for her family and survival are driving her and she is fearless!

I enjoyed that Raffe continued to fight for his angel wings. As mentioned earlier, I was happy to read all the chapters about the sword showing Raffe's softer side. Raffe has a very explicit understanding what is right or wrong and in this novel I got a better understanding of how he looks to the Angel and Daughter of Man relationship. You see his history, his pain, his bravery - all things which I really really loved. Raffe is THE angel for me. I am looking very much forward to see how the author is solving the relationship between Raffe and Penryn. I keep rooting for these two!

I was very happy about Paige getting more coverage because I had a feeling she will have a very special role in the series and after finishing World After, it seems, that I am right! Paige doesn't say a lot in this book, as far as I can remember she has one line in the dialogue. But she does a lot instead. She does not need to speak, her actions speak for herself and also often for others. I was heartbroken when reading the scenes with Paige and Beliel in Alcatraz. Luckily, she gets her say - and that is more than I expected.

Favorite quotes:

"Don't talk. You'll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth." - Raffe to Penryn
"Bow down to me Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds." Raffe about the sword to Penryn

It might not seem funny, but I burst out laughing when reading them. you need to read these quotes in the real book context and you will get it!


Loved it. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was dark, thrilling and beautiful! If you haven't started the series yet, then honestly, do it now!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

 I hope, that you will pick up the series...
Happy reading!



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