Jun 23, 2014

Review: World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publishing Date: November 19, 2013
Pages/Format: 314, Paperback
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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?

Book in One Word: GOOD.

After reading Angelfall, I was VERY EAGER to read World After. (Especially after that re-read worthy ending. I mean, COME ON. Thank gosh I read Angelfall after its sequel had already been released.) I went into World After hoping for feels and action and banter and, I don't know, maaaybe some kissing, and while all that may not have happened, this book was still pretty darn good.

World After did that thing that ALL SERIES to some to do (possible spoiler alert): keep the two love interests apart for a long period time. And by long period of time, I mean, like, almost the entire book. World After picks up right where Angelfall left off, but after reading an excerpt that Susan Ee posted on her website (while waiting for the book to fly into my hands), I figured Raffe would show up right away. NOPE. There were some bits of Raffe, but he wasn't really there until the last chapters of the book. Usually, that would really bother me. And while it might have done so slightly (come on Raffe, where are youuu?), it actually wasn't a big problem. Susan Ee somehow pulled off the thing that ALL SERIES to some do and make it work (but please don't do it again).

If I do recall (I read this book six months ago and am just now writing my review, whoops), I didn't have any complaints with this book. I don't know if it's as good as Angelfall (once again, COME ON, that ending), but it was definitely still good. In the first book, Penryn was searching for her sister Paige--and (spoiler) found her. But Paige isn't the same, and now there are these weird monster things running around. Oh, and Paige gets taken AGAIN. And yet again, Penryn goes off an crazy adventure to rescue her little, experimented-on sister--and hopefully find a certain, devil-winged angel. It's all fun and games, right? (No. Not when the world's gone to hell--well, bad angels--and you have to exist under stealth.)

Susan Ee's writing is actually pretty simple...but not. She tells the story of Penryn and the End of Days quite well, and keeps readers like me very engaged. Something about this book--this series--is highly addictive, and thank gosh it's a multi-book series, because I don't think I'll ever get enough of it (but those release dates are waaay too far apart). This story is successful in that it deftly combines several elements: a new world, humor (excellent banter and lines and characters for that), adventure, action, romance, crazy things happening to people (see: Paige), FEELS, fantastic, replay that over and over again scenes, and so much more. It just works.

These are one of those books that, when I see them on my shelves, I feel admiration and think "I love you." I'm so happy I got into this series because Angelfall and World After are just so good. While the latter was a bit slower in pace than the former, it still brought a lot to the table (and some totally rereadable scenes). If you haven't read these book, I very highly suggest you get right on that. Fall for the angels. These books will be still good in the world after. And OH MY GOSH, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK. Seriously. Give me a title/synopsis/cover/copy ASAP people, because my eyes yearn to read it and my nose wants to be stuck in it.

Did I like it? Yeees.
Did I love it? I think so?
Would I reread it? HECK YES.
Would I purchase it? I already own it, of course.
Who would I recommend it to? Obviously read Angelfall first, but I'd recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! (especially because you wrote it six months after you read the book. How do you do that??? ;)) I wish I loved World After like you did - I luurved Angelfall, obviously, but the second one was more of a *like* instead of a *love* (I think I gave it three stars). I heard somewhere that this series was going to be five books (not sure, though) so that's definitely a reason to squeal! :D


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