Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: World After ( Penryn & The End of Days #2 ) by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee
Excerpt

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?


Genre

Dystopia

Review

Unlike some who waited two excruciating years for World After, I'm lucky enough to only waited for a week. Last week I read Angelfall that completely blew me away and left me aching for more of Raffe, the Fallen Angel. Now that I have finally read World After, I'm gonna be lying if I didn't said I was a tad disappointed due to the lack of Raffe page time. 

*contain spoiler from Book 1*

Right after the ending of Angelfall, Penryn was returned to her family and the Resistance group by Raffe, who now had a pair of demon wings. Everyone thought she was dead including Raffe. Thank God no one buried her alive. The scorpion sting left her paralyze, but after the venom subsided, Penryn rise from her death to the shocked of others.

Penryn had both Paige and her mum with her finally. But Paige new condition left them feeling helpless. She can't seems to eat any food and Penryn is worried that her sister might had already turned cannibal. 

Raffe presense was sorely missed. The only consolation for Penryn is Raffe's sword. Through this magical sword, we got glimpses of Raffe's past through her dreams. There were even some scenes from Angelfall through Raffe's POV. I like the fact that the sword was getting more personality and play an important role in connecting Penryn with Raffe.

October winds seep through my blouse and I can't help looking up at the overcast sky for a particular angel with bat-shaped wings and a corny sense of humor.

I felt like I was speed reading through this book like a mad woman on a mission, flipping through the pages just so I can get to Raffe. When his highness finally deemed is time to grace us mere mortals his presence, I wanted to do a shout out 'bout damn time'. Oh, I miss his cockiness and dry sense of humor. As with Penryn, I hate seeing him vulnerable and miserable through the dream scenes. 

I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.” 

When we discovered about the scorpion-angel hybrid in Angelfall, I thought I have enough shocked. Now the truth behind these creatures were reveal and Uriel's ulterior motive was brought to light. Everything was just so bizarre, I felt like I was watching a scifi horror flick. There is just so much wrongness and I wonder how they can end this apocalypse once and for all. 

Most memorable scene,

Was that you, Pooky Bear?

Rating 4/5

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