Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Format / Length: Paperback / 369 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: Hodder & Stoughton / November 21st 2013
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Post Apocalyptic
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Description: 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?
Okay, okay, okay. Not sure where to start with this review. First off: I think you should all read this series. Did I like it? NOPE. But you know what? That’s just me! I totally see the appeal of this series and why it has so many great fans.
My thoughts have been a bit jumbled lately, so I thought I would format this review into a list of things I liked — and the things… well, the things I didn’t really like. And honestly it’s been. So. Long since I’ve read the first in the series. I didn’t remember much. So yeah, that hampered my enjoyment a bit.
Things I liked:
- The concept! A post-apocalyptic world with angels. ANGELS, PEOPLE. They’re the bad guys. (Well… mostly.)
- The writing! Fast paced. Easy to read. Loveable style.
- The cover. Pretty GORGEOUS, if you ask me.
- The fact that our main character’s mother is mentally ill. It’s nice to see a non-contemp. novel like this tackle underlying
issues with Penryn and her mother in a realistic way.
Things I didn’t love so much:
- The worldbuilding. Can it be expanded on a little more? PLEASE? I felt like I just didn’t GET the world every well. It was thinly built, a little frail, and most of the time I personally did not connect with it very well.
- A lot of the side characters were forgettable. Urgh. I feel terrible saying that, and honestly I find that to be the case with a lot of books, but I flew through this not much knowing about them; I’d have loved it if their backstories were more solid.
- There wasn’t much Raffe. And therefore, less of their hilarious banter that was there in the first. That did increased toward the end–but yeahhh, by the point I’d lost a lot of interested in what was happening.
Overall? Not my favourite read. But still! I will finish the series. And looking forward to seeing how it all ends.