World After

Penryn & the End of Days, #2

Another wonderful installment in the Penryn & the End of Days series. World After picks up immediately were Angelfall left off. Penryn wakes up to find herself in a convoy headed to the Resistance's new location. Also with her is her schizophrenic mother and her little sister Paige, who now seems more like a monster than a person. Upon arriving at their destination tension rises in to violence and Paige disappears. Penryn once again heads off in search of her. The things that Penryn finds on this voyage shock her to the core and cause her to question whether any of them will get out of this alive and even worse, do they even want to continue living in this horrible new world?

At the same time Raffe is on a mission to get back his wings from the demon Beliel. When Raffe and Penryn meet up again it is in a life threatening situation. Raffe is shocked that she is still alive and Penryn struggles again with her feelings for him.

Many new developments happen in this book and I did not see the ending coming. We learn more about Uriel's plans and we find out more about what really happened in those labs. The storyline flows smoothly from book one to this book. The overall feel of the story continues to be dark and it permeates the apocalyptic setting. Most of the characters from book one make appearances in this story and Penryn's mother and sister continue to be complicated and intense. Penryn herself becomes more disillusioned and she reminds us despite her responsibilities, she is just a girl herself. Raffe is only see in flashbacks off and on throughout the first 65% of the book. While this was done in a really unique way this was an issue for me. Raffe was too large a part of the previous story to diminish his face to face time in this book. I wanted to see his and Penryn's relationship developed and I was disappointed that we did not have that here.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Susan Ee is a wonderful storyteller who paints a dark and terrifying world. She fills it with unique characters who are so well written you feel that you know them. She is able to convey their feelings through the smallest interactions. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre. I think it is one of the best. It should be noted that you need to read the previous book, Angelfall, before reading World After to fully understand what is going on and to get the full impact of this story.

Book Blurb for World After

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?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 4.50