Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
Author: Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #2)
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 314
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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?

I picked up World After as soon as I could possibly get my hands on it after finishing Angelfall and wanted to yell at myself for waiting so long on this series! Angelfall left off in a very abrupt place, which would really make me mad if I had been reading this series as it was released. As it was, I only had to wait a few days to see what happened next and even that was torture!

This book gives so much more depth to the secondary characters than Angelfall did! Normally I don't care a whole heck of a lot about any characters other than the main one (or two), but this time I was really interested in finding out more about Penryn's mom, Paige, and even Beliel (don't judge me, I thought he was a really interesting character). I'm still not sure quite what to make of Penryn's mom. I'm still not decided on whether she's as insane as we think she is nor not... And poor Paige! I mean, I don't want to give her a hug, but... Suffice it to say I greatly enjoyed the characters in this book and was grateful to get to know them better!

Which brings me to Raffe and Penryn... If there's one thing that really drives me INSANE it's when the main love interests aren't actually together for most of a book. And this book did that. And I thought I was going to lose it (I survived). All of that being said, their reunion was so incredibly satisfying! I have nothing negative to say! I do have some questions about the logistics of the flying situation though.

World After took the story to a whole new level with the archangel schemes and politics. I really enjoyed the descriptions of San Fransisco in Ruins, especially since I was just there recently. I also LOVED the use of Alcatraz! That's a conspiracy theorists' dream! I mean, seriously, Susan Ee. You've outdone yourself with that one!

And then there's pretty much my favorite thing from this book:

I can't say much more or I might spoil the fun, but seriously. That ^ was awesome!

Overall, World After was basically amazing! I can't say it was quite as epic as Angelfall was, but it's still amazing enough to warrant a five star review! I am pretty much dying while I wait for the final installment of this series! I'm just glad I don't have long to wait!