Book Review of World After by Susan Ee

Posted December 9, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 7 Comments

Book Review of World After by Susan EeWorld After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
Published by Skyscape on November 19th, 2013
Genres: post apocalyptic, young adult
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

It's been six weeks after angels of the apocalypse have destroyed the world as we know it. When enemy angels fly away with 17-year-old Penryn's little sister, Penryn is forced to team up with Raffe, an injured angel who wants his wings back. Together, they will journey to the heart of San Francisco and the angels' stronghold, where an unimaginable horror awaits them.

 

“It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”

The first book in the series, Angelfall, was nothing short of amazing (I gave it 5 stars). I loved the characters, and I fell hard for the romance.  If a romantic plot can cause me to swoon, then the author is amazing.  

Despite my positive feelings for the book, I was worried when the second one released. The large gap between the two books caused a sense of anxiety. Would the next book in the series feel rushed and forced? Would the characters and the story arc still enchant me? Would I remember anything from the previous book?


Susan Ee is not one to leave a reader disappointed. In short, I loved the second book, World After
 
What Was Hot

 

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif This book is gruesome. Horror movies aspire to this type of graphic goriness.  This series can actually cause me to hide and curl up away from the windows.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif Penryn is so damn real. She goes out of her way for her family, but her emotional reactions, flawed attitude, and failures cause her to remain a teenager. So few books make a young adult act like, well, a young adult! Said characters are still growing and learning and overcoming their lack of wisdom!

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The emotional tugging was strong. The second installment is a tear jerker, and be prepared to come out a wreck.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The romance is kept to a tasteful, budding work in progress.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was frothing towards the end of the story.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The humor adds a wonderful touch of relief. The story arc is becoming darker and stepping into heavier territory, but that does not mean that Ee avoids adding something light hearted and chuckle-worthy in her own writing.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The secondary characters really kick the richness up a whole new notch. I also enjoy the range of background characters. The diversity of the functions and personalities for this series never fails to amaze me and draw me further in.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The ties to specific themes of the Bible. I understand that I am not the first one in line to scoff at religious undertones, but Ee uses it to enhance, not preach. She tastefully includes the symbolism to further the plot.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The sword. If you read the book, you get it.


What Was Not

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif I still would like to see some more background information prior to the first book.  I still feel a bit lost.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif Everything seemed to wrap up almost too well for the ending.

 photo Feather_of_Angel_Wing_zpsf525d0b8.gif The length! (Okay, I admit this is because I just want more, more, more.)


Seriously, I had to really think about the things I did not care for in this book.

 

If you haven’t read the sequel yet, then I strongly, absolutely, and straightforward demand that you pick this up!

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Gif of the Magi (taken from Snuggly Oranges)
 
 

7 responses to “Book Review of World After by Susan Ee

  1. Gosh, Lyn! You are making me excited. I didn’t like Angelfall that much (don’t know why, I think I found it too angsty LOL) but the positive reviews just keep coming in! Who won’t be suckered into that vortex?! Anyway, you got me psyched too, so here goes nothing! Hopefully I get to this one before the year ends!

  2. Five of five dragons FUCK YEAH YOU GO SUSAN EE.

    I forgot to be excited about this book. I liked the first, but it has been SO LONG since I read it. So I forgot how awesome and weird and exciting it can be. And how awesome Penryn is. THAT SAID your review reminded me to be excited and NOW I NEED TO READ THIS IMMEDIATELY OR MY LIFE IS MEANINGLESS.

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