Book: World After (Penryn and The End of Days #2) By Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape, 2013
Genre: YA, dystopian
Source + Date Read: Purchased + Jan. 2014
Recommend: For dystopian and YA lovers who want a different, refreshing take on the end of the world.
Book Pro’s: Characters become more nuanced! They grow up! Amazingness happens!
Book Con’s: Err… I know I have one for this book. Oh, I guess, (thinks for a while) I’m not a huge can of the cliffhanger that was the ending. But it wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong.
Favourite Line: “It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”
I read this second installment within a few days of finishing Angelfall, and I was again, utterly blown away. First, let us get the structural jargon out of the way. World After epically builds upon the world portrayed in Angelfall. We finally figure out what all those shadows were, and we also get hints of malicious behind the scenes actions going on.
Characters grow up, and painful truths are revealed. This is especially salient for Penryn and her sister, Paige. Without spoiling too much, Paige has changed and Penryn’s unable to cope with the oddity that is now her sister. Penryn isn’t cruel, but she is confused and unable to connect to her sister and family. She’s growing up and realises that she can’t save her family like she previously thought she could. This ultimately steers her down a more independent path. It was painful to see Penryn struggle with what Paige has gone through, and it was especially difficult to realise the source of Paige’s pain. Paige is still a little girl, struggling to deal with who she is now coupled with the continuous physical pain she feels. However, no one else knows this, except their mother. For some reason, she’s able to look past the monster everyone else sees and loves her child unconditionally.
Everyone grows up, and even Raffe comes to new terms with who he is now and his place in this new world. What I particularly loved about this book was Ee’s elaborate deception as I call it. She reveals a lot of angel politics in World After and it is reminiscent of back-door deals done by the higher ups in society and the suffering and pain it causes those not in on the deception. Brilliant. There are some cheesy bits (Ugh for the love of spoilers I cannot get into everything I want to get into!), but you can gloss over those (But it is why I gave it 4.5 and not 5), especially when you get to the funny bits. Oh they’re hilarious.
Ultimately, I highly recommend this novel. I don’t have many 4.5 or 5 so it reveals something as to the strength and quality of this book.
I cannot wait till the third comes out.
Recommend? If you don’t pick this up after Angelfall I’d be might disappointed in you.
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