AUTHOR: Susan Ee
SERIES: Penryn & the End of Days #2
PUBLISHER: Skyskape / Amazon
PUBLICATION DATE: November 19, 2013
GENRE: YA Dystopian / Paranormal
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?
I’ll just get this off my chest first and foremost.
I frickin loved ANGELFALL. It’s amazing, it’s unique, it’s delightful… It’s AMAZING some more. In fact, it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past few years. I’ve purchased copies for friends, lent my own copy of the paperback to coworkers and their teenagers, and evangelized the great word of Susan Ee’s debut novel. When WORLD AFTER came out, I pre-ordered a copy the first moment I could and waited with great anticipation. Until I saw reviews that said it wasn’t as good as ANGELFALL, that it was even disappointing – GASP. And I will be honest. I was scared that it would disappoint me, too. That it would hurt me. That it might ruin ANGELFALL and everything about it that made it special and unique.
Well, I guess I had a good reason to be afraid. In the end, WORLD AFTER did disappoint me. By no means was it a bad book, especially in a market flooded with dystopias and post-apocalyptic novels which are far from unique and original. Four stars from me is a very good rating. It was just disappointing. I expected caviar and instead got a very well cooked filet mignon. Still amazing, still satisfying, but just not as tasty.
If I had to point to one flaw and say that was what made the book not as fun for me, I would say it would be the pacing. While ANGELFALL had a relentless pace as well, the highs were very high and the lows were brief and needed and still very good. For WORLD AFTER, the book seemed to take one stagnant pace that was high but middling. The things that happened were fun and exciting, but they were never as fun and interesting as in ANGELFALL. We found new things going on, and while creative, it just didn’t have the same punch as in ANGELFALL.
But otherwise, you guys, this book was an amazing thrill ride from beginning to end, and even though I waited and waited to read it, I was not 100% letdown. Just mildly disappointed, you know? Penryn was just as fabulous and powerful a heroine as ever, even though she did let middling things get to her when she shouldn’t have, and the rest of the cast was strong if not ignorant, something that I can only expect will lead them to more danger and stupidity later on.
Ee definitely has an eye for imagination and originality, and while her pacing was off, WORLD AFTER does not disappoint with new developments in the strange world after the angelic apocalypse. Well, I guess the apocalypse is still happening. There are new creatures to be found, new developments, new science, new evils abounding. It’s exciting!
And I am waiting on pins and needles for the next book, but given how long it took for WORLD AFTER to come out after ANGELFALL…