by Susan Ee
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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?
*Spoilers for Angelfall*
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. World After definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone, yet this book was beyond addicting. Here were my favorite aspects, along with one thing I struggled with, while this story unfolded –
She glances over at me, her eyes shining in the dark. “You’re a hero, Penryn, whether you like it or not.”
✮Penryn – Penryn has become one of my favorite Heroines. On top of being fierce, brave and kickass, she has such a huge heart. She wants nothing more than to keep her family safe, and a few others she has come to care about along the way. But at the base of it all, she has been realistic with her expectations. Even when it comes to Raffe. He has found a way into her heart, and yet in her heart she knows it can’t be. Well, we’ll see. You know I’m still holding out hope!
✮Pooky Bear – Penryn was left with Raffe’s sword, since it rejected him with his new wings. And she named her Pooky Bear. An archangel sword was given that name lol. While I was at first devastated that Penryn and Raffe were apart, I loved that the sword showed Penryn moments from the past. Those flashbacks were gripping and we learned so much about Raffe that he himself didn’t share with Penryn.
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 swipe my foot at the overgrown grass and make myself look away.
✮Raffe – Raffe has enchanted my heart and soul. Moments that included his ridiculous humor, his strong presence, his anger and his fierce protectiveness of Penryn brought me to my knees. I loved every single tiny detail of him.
So this is how it all ends.
The world destroyed, humans imprisoned, my family scattered.
The thought makes me angry. I hope the anger burns up all other feelings because it’s probably the only thing keeping me on my feet and moving right now.
✮Horror – If you know me, then you know I’m a total baby. When I was in my teens, I adored everything Horror, now I don’t want to touch it with a ten foot pole. Yet with Penryn and Raffe, I do. The middle of this book pushed me way, way past what I can handle. It made me uncomfortable and I was sickened with what unfolded. This book even gave me nightmares. If it was any other book, I would have walked away. Yet, I loved this story and the characters. I highly doubt that you’ll ever hear me reading another series that has moments of horror. Only for Penryn and Raffe, that’s it.
Sometimes, I just have to let go and let my inner Mom out.
I slash repeatedly like a madwoman.
✮Family – With Penryn reunited with her mother and sister, I loved that we got to see their flaws and all. Even during one of the hardest times of their lives, when they should be pulling together, we got to witness how easy it was for them to fall apart. It felt real and honest. And it left me rooting for them to find a way to make it work and stick together. I’m starting to have some theories about Penryn’s mom, and I hope they pan out!
I feel sick.
Sick from fear. Sick from anger. Sick from the stupidity of what I’ve done.
✮Epic Peril – I love when books have me on the edge of my seat, with my heart racing and palms sweaty because I am equally terrified and excited for what is going to unfold. World After has some of the most epic peril scenes. They were emotional, memorable and I couldn’t always guess what was going to happen next.
I am just a girl. I am no match for these monsters. They may have looked weak compared to Raffe, and I may have felt like an equal in some ways during my journey with him, but after seeing what I just saw, reality sinks in.
I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the final book to be just as amazing as the first two books were!
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World After #2
End of Days #3