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

Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Skyscape (November 19, 2013)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 rating: 5/5 Stars – Loved it! It totally rocked my socks off.

Review: 

After the amazingness that was Angelfall, I had high hopes for the sequel.  And once again, I was completely blown away.  World After doesn’t pull any punches as Penryn struggles to come to terms with having a sister who seems more monster than human. Paige’s story is utterly heartbreaking.  In many ways, this book is all about turning the definition of monster on its head and challenging our ideas about what it means to be human.

Although Penryn and Raffe aren’t reunited until near the end, Raffe’s sword gives us glimpses into his past that make the separation between the characters totally worth it. There’s so much about this story I loved – the creepy scorpion monsters, Penryn’s badass fight scenes, Uriel’s scheming, Dee and Dum just being awesome, the banter, and hints of romance.  Despite some great humorous moments, World After is even darker, bloodier, and more intense than the first book.  Once it sucks you in, you won’t be able to put it down.

In case you haven’t already guessed, World After rocked my socks off.  It exceeded my expectations in every way, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three.  Highly recommended.

5stars

Reading Order:

  1. Angelfallread my 5-star mini-review on Goodreads
  2. World After
  3. Untitled Sequel, expected 2015

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I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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