Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian
Release Date: November 19, 2013
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?
First Sentence: Everyone thinks I’m dead.
After reading Angelfall and feeling quite indifferent about it, I was worried about starting World After. However, I shouldn’t have been worried; I surprisingly enjoyed World After a lot more than I enjoyed Angelfall. In fact, I can’t recommend World After enough.
His contorted, screaming lips are emphasized by ruby red lipstick. His button-down shirt is ripped open, exposing his nearly hairless chest. On it, a message written in lipstick says:
TOuCh mE & YOu’ll TaKe my pLACE (90)
World After made me fall more in love with the characters. I was pretty meh about Paige in Angelfall as I didn’t get to know her very well, but with World After, we learned a lot more about Paige and I just adored her. I was also side-eyeing Penryn’s mother in Angelfall, but in World After she was just brilliant. And let’s not forget about Pooky Bear. I love how unique Pooky Bear is – I sadly can’t talk about her more in depth because of this evil thing called spoilers – but Pooky Bear was definitely one of my favorite parts of World After. I just have so many feels for her.
I’ve seen people complaining about Raffe not making any appearances during the first half of the book, but I loved it that way! Without Raffe, we could go more in depth learning about Penryn’s feelings for him and seeing how far she’ll go for him. Raffe also shows up in a way – through memories – and we get to see scenes from Angelfall through Raffe’s point of view. Let me tell you, those few glimpses we got through Raffe’s eyes just made me squeal and cheer hardcore for him and Penryn to get together, which is a dramatic change from how I felt when I was reading Angelfall.
She cries in big, baby-girl sobs.
Like her husband has abandoned her to the monsters.
Like her daughters have been torn from her by demons.
Like the world has come to an end.
And nobody understands. (98)
World After had me constantly on edge. Every time something big happened, I was afraid to read on as what happens if Penryn gets hurt? Or Raffe? Or Paige? Or even Penryn’s mom? Susan Ee, please stop torturing me!
Overall, I can’t recommend World After enough. If you were a bit disappointed by Angelfall like I was, I strongly urge you to give World After a try as it might just amaze you too. I can’t wait to see where End of Days will bring us!