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Review: World After (Penryn & The End of Days #2) by Susan EeWorld After Series: Penryn & The End of Days #2
Published by Skyescrape on November 19th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
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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?

~Thank you SO much to Amazon Publishing, Skyscrape, and Netgalley for this digital review copy!~

And I thought Angelfall was the most grotesque, terrifying book I’d ever read. Think again. Susan Ee steps up her game in World After, and everything’s bigger, better, and badder than before. More violent monsters to fight off. Higher stakes and higher death tolls. Apocalyptic elements and suspense. Adorable moments between Penryn and Raffe.

World After, like Angelfall, transported me into a world that was horrifying. Susan Ee writes all of her elements–the angels, the humans, the destruction, and the monsters–perfectly. I felt myself slip inside this book. When something terrible was happening, I felt fear and worry with the characters. Whenever the cute, little moments popped up, such as small flowers at the beginning of spring, my heart swelled. The only way anyone could get me fully out of Susan Ee’s world was if they threw a pitcher of water at my face and ripped the book out of my hands. I felt so a part of it that reading didn’t even feel like reading; it felt like an experience.

Penryn is a great heroine once again–so tough, brave, and witty. She’s balancing the act of being the leader of her family, being a fighter, saving people from monsters and angels alike, and being a normal teenage girl. One thing’s for sure, she kicks butt.

He sighs. “I miss those days when females could be ordered around and they’d have no choice.”

“Sure that just wasn’t a myth? I’m pretty sure no one ordered my mom around–ever.”

“You’re probably right. The unruliness of the women in your family must go back for generations. You’re like a plague upon the land.”

Penryn’s character explores sacrifice daily. She’s got a mother with mental illness, a sister who’s been turned into a demon child, and an angel boyfriend with some new, um, demon wings. Talk about some complicated family and friendship relationships.  Penryn is dedicated to all of them, however, and is always making sure to rescue, save, and protect them at all costs. This made me enjoy reading through all of her adventures, rescues, and plans, because I could feel how anxious she is about having all of the people she cares about right on the line. And when I say, “on the line,” I mean on the line. Humanity is on the line.  Everyone’s in danger in this book: the old, the young, the innocent, the guilty. I love how Susan Ee shifts the power from the angels to the humans (and vice versa),  creating war-like dynamics.

To sum up, World After was explosive, amazing, and a definite prelude to what I’m sure will be an epic conclusion in End of Days, the final book (it will be released May 12!). I’m pretty sure my mom will eventually use that pitcher full of ice water when I get my hands on the next book, ’cause I’m not going anywhere but a nice corner to read it on the release date.

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