Monday, June 15, 2015

World After by Susan Ee

Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
320 p.
Published: 11/19/13
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Library
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?
My thoughts:
I was hooked after the first book and I had to know what happened next. The ending of the last book was a killer and I recommend you have this one available after that book. I would have loved to have these together.

This book starts where the last book ends. So, you know you are in for a ride from the beginning. I was curious to where this book would lead us especially with her sister Paige. I won't go into why but let me just say it becomes a pinnacle to the story and a turning point for Penryn. The relationship between Raffe and Penryn is basically put on hold because of the events at the end of book one (you'll have to read that one to find out what *evil laugh*) so there isn't much romance but there is some. The relationship issues aren't even close to being resolved in this book and so we look forward to the next. Not just with this relationship but with the rest of the group as well. I'm most impressed with the change in attitude of Penryn with her mom as she discovers more about what she has done to keep them as safe as possible. I think there is more to that story as well.

The ending is a cliffie but not as harsh of a one as the first book. Luckily the last book is out, but unfortunately I'll have to wait a bit because I live in a reading town and that book is already borrowed. How dare they! LOL I will hopefully be reading it soon.

I give this book 4 stars and I think I did like this one more than the first. I think those that don't enjoy angel books but want to will like this series. I also recommend it to those that enjoy dystopian YA.

29 comments:

  1. I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the first and I'm not even sure I'll be picking up the final book but I'm glad to see this series is really working for you! I'm curious to see what you'll make of the finale, Melissa. Fantastic review!(:

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    1. There were a few things I did like more in the first book but I think I liked the ending more.

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  2. Ooh. Sounds like a series well worth breaking my no beginning books that form a series rule for, this sounds terrific.

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  3. I like when the series gets better each and every book :) :)

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    1. Some things were better, but I can see the appeal that others will love the first one more. :)

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  4. I need to re-read the first book Melissa, it's been too long and I don't want to spend most of this book trying to remember everything since it picks up immediately. Boo on the cliffhanger, but like you said, at least the third book is out already so we don't have a year-long wait:)

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    1. I know! I would have that 3rd one but someone already borrowed it from the library. Give it back! LOL

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  5. I actually liked this one more than the first, too! Possibly because I read the first, and listened to the second. It made all the difference. And maybe it was just a better book for me, who knows. Anyway, I'm glad the third is out. I hated waiting for it.

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    1. Oh I would love to listen to these, but I don't think my library would get them soon. I mean they had the physical books but not the ebooks! O.o

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  6. I haven't started this series but great to hear that you enjoyed this one even more than first

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  7. I have book one, and it always excited me to see strong reviews for the second. I really need to dive in Melissa!

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  8. I'm glad I decided to wait for the third book to be released before picking this series up. Cliffies are awful. :(

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    1. So is waiting on the other patron to give the lended book back to the library! LOL

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  9. I have all three books ready for a binge read and I know I am going to be kicking myself for not readign them sooner.

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  10. AT least it was not a super evil cliffie

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  11. I like the first book and second book, though I found the first to be slightly more engaging. I was incredibly disappointed by the third.

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  12. I've heard many talking about this series and saying how much they love it. Glad to see you are enjoying as well.

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  13. Ah yes always difficult about these kinds of ends but it's great that the second book was that good too

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  14. Oh I hope your local reader reads fast for ya! lol That always seems to be the case when I'm in need of a library read. lol

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  15. I've heard a lot of great things about this series. I really need to try to read it!

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  16. I keep hearing amazing things about this series, and I've been meaning to pick it up soon. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that the books are around to combat the killer endings ;)

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  17. -snort- Good thing no one around her knows how to read above a third grade level, I get 1st priority. lol kidding. The first book is one I want to read right now instead of my review books!

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  18. I generally don't like angel stories but I can make exceptions, on tv or not ;) I have book #1 on my tablet so if I'm hooked, I'll make sure to have book #2 ready ! Your comment about the reading town made me laugh !

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  19. I started the first book on my Kindle last year and for whatever reason I got distracted and never got back to it. I have all three so it might be fun to read them all in a row.

    I haven't done that with a series in years.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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