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Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

untitledPublished: November 19th 2013 by Skyscape

Pages: 314

Book 2 in the Penryn and the End of Days series

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads: World After

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?

“It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”

WARNING: This review may contain extreme amounts of fangirling and or raving.

Have I mentioned how much I love this series?

World After picks up right where Angelfall left off, and there is no easing into this story. World After hits the ground running, and you’re immediately immersed into this world. I picked this book up late the other night, planning to read a few chapters before I went to sleep.

*2 ½ hours later*

I. Can’t. Put. The. Book. Down.

I love Susan Ee’s writing style. It’s vivid and fast paced and I was never bored. Every chapter, every page, every sentence had me dying to know what happens next. And since the majority of the chapters are short, even though I had been reading for hours, I just kept thinking: “Well, the next chapter’s only three pages. I’ll just read one more chapter.” “Well, the next chapter is only four pages. I can read one more chapter.” “Well the next chapter is only two pages. I can’t stop reading now.”

I was completely satisfied with this sequel. It was action-packed, well paced, clever, answered previously posed questions, and it was funny. At one point, I was honestly sitting in a corner, reading, cackling to myself because the scene was so funny.

Before picking up this book, I was concerned it would be entirely focused on the romance between Penryn and Raffe—to my surprise, that was barely in the story at all! Sure, it was mentioned and acted as the backbone, but World After really fleshed out the world, gave insight into the Angel’s plans, and had such a larger scope than just a forbidden romance (thank god).

I still love Penryn as the heroine. She’s strong and brave but realistic because she’s not invincible, and she isn’t perfect. She tries her best, but more often than not, she gets caught and then has to figure another way out. This book really fleshed out the relationships between the other characters, and I enjoyed getting to know previously introduced faces more, and meeting new ones.

I will definitely be picking up the third installment (which does not have an expected release date yet).

World After is available as an ebook or paperback.

Have you read Angelfall or World After? If not, do you think you’ll give it a shot? Share your thoughts in the comments; I’d love to know what you think!