World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) – Susan Ee

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World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)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?

 

Some mild spoilers in the following review! 

After reading (and falling madly in love with) Angelfall by Susan Ee, I just had to get my hands on World After, the next book in the series!

World After picks up almost directly after where the first book ends, with Penryn finally reunited with her mom and Paige. She’s safe, but they’ve got bigger problems now…the resistance is growing and as Penryn is taken to their camp by Obi and his men, she comes to realize that things aren’t looking up for the humans. On top of that, things aren’t going too hot for Raffe either…she hasn’t seen him since their parting at the Aerie, so for all she knows, he could be dead.

Personally, I loved World After almost as much as I loved the first one. The pace was just as quick as before and the action just as heart-pumping. It was somehow even more disturbing and creepy in a lot of parts, and at times I literally had to set my book down and take a few deep breaths! Susan Ee doesn’t hold back any punches with the descriptions of the atrocities of the angels, and sometimes it’s so vivid that it’s like you’re really there with Penryn. Definitely shuddered a few times, but couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page!

Penryn’s just as fabulous as before, with tons of snark and badassery all around. Although her mind definitely drifts in romantic directions towards Raffe a few times throughout the book, she again makes me proud by staying focused on keeping her family safe first and foremost. This girl’s got her priorities straight, that’s for sure.  The love that she has for Paige (and her mom, too) is almost tangible, and it was honestly really difficult sometimes reading as she struggles to reconcile the Paige she used to know with the damaged little girl she rescued from the Aerie.

Plot-wise, Susan Ee brought her A-game once again! Learning new bits of angel folklore and mythology was fascinating, and I was pretty much kept on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering how exactly the angel apocalypse (or is it?) will play out in future books. I still don’t know, to be honest, but I love that she keeps the readers guessing and theorizing!

The only issue that readers may have with the book is Raffe…or more specifically, the lack thereof. He’s MIA for a good chunk of it, which is definitely a huge bummer. To be fair though, Ms. Ee manages to come up with a very creative way to keep readers from missing him too much, and after all, absence makes the heart grow fonder! It’s a ballsy move on her part to have the love interest gone for that much of the book, but it works and somehow manages to actually increase the romantic tension between them (if that’s even possible). Plus, when he finally DOES show up…trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Long story short, this series is a MUST READ! I could sit here for hours and hours gushing, but it’ll be much better if you pick up your own copy. Seriously. Go, now!

Pages: 438

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

Rating: ★★★★☆