Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Romance Page Count: 320
Author: Susan Ee
Rating: 3 stars
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. Penryn’s 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?
(I realize I mentioned a whole bunch of spoilers this time, so be wary!)
World After was very much like it’s predecessor! Dark, unique, humorous and Raffe. 😀 I say this but it took Raffe forever to actually show up in the story. ( he was kind of here-and-there throughout, but only seen from the sidelines in Penryn’s point of view) He was sort of replaced as Penryn’s companion by a sword with an eccentric personality. No seriously, this sword was one of the main focuses through half of the book! It may sound cheesy, but it was a very funny, interesting aspect of the story.
My younger sister read this book before me, and her first and biggest complaint to me was Raffe’s absence. I could see what she meant after reading it myself, but somehow, the many encounters Penryn had with the sub-conscience sword with a bad attitude made me plenty patient and willing to read further.
I didn’t find the scenes with the sword cheesy at all. I actually enjoyed them a lot. The parts I found to be cheesy were mostly out of a lack of consistency and redundancy. I thought the creepy, scorpion-like creatures were cool when they were first introduced in Angelfall, but in this sequel, they appeared so much, I no longer found them interesting or thrilling. I thought of them more as annoying henchmen to the dastardly angels and it killed it for me even more when one of the creepy scorpion thingies were described as having nice hair all the time.
I also found the twins, Dee and Dum (yes, that is their names. ;P) cheesy. In the first book they were a little bit too, but I let that slide because they were funny. In this one, they were still enjoyable characters, but they irritated me more then before because they always seemed to be generally oblivious to what was happening around them. With other characters, this may be fine still, but they were portrayed as key components in a resistance. Dee and Dum didn’t even seem fazed that they had seen Penryn dead and being held by a menacing angel!
In the story, the angels found humans as in insignificant and paid little attention to them. This made sense; they were. But after the resistance blew up the angels’ aerie, you would think they would start to be a little more cautious towards them. But no, nothing changed. The angels didn’t even care when the same humans who blew up there building were spying on them!
Like I said up-top, it was very much like the first book with new aspects tossed in and new monstrosities. It was again based on a book of the Bible, Revelation, yet you have to keep in mind, it’s a book of entertainment and didn’t exactly follow what is said in Revelation like Angelfall. Penryn’s mom’s craziness, (that could actually be pretty funny and scary at the same time :P) Penryn referring constantly to angel superiority, child abuse and cannibalism were all very prevalent like the first book. The cannibalism and child abuse were actually hard for me to read. It was so sad! I was worried where the writer was taking the cannibalism for awhile, but she put it in a way toward the end as an amoral thing and something to fight against which I found very cool.
Penryn was a good main character and so were a few of the other protagonists. The writer would appear many times to go one way, but ended up always going another. It was a nice surprise and an entertaining read.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
It’s been a long while since I’ve read a YA novel with no kissing. Yep, this book had none. There wasn’t very much romance. (Not that there wasn’t any, though) There’s holding each other and embraces but not much else.
There were references to ripping clothing off, scantily clad women, and the villain attempted to get his angels to make a “mistake.” In one of the scenes two people have a moment where they’re trying to discreetly change into dry clothing without the other seeing them, but trust me there wasn’t really anything sexual about it.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
Takes God’s name in vain: ___ D*mn and swearing using the name Jesus Christ. Other words like a*s, and a*shole, hell, and of course d*mn.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
The writer was not afraid to describe blood and wounds. Blood and gore are described in the scenery very often, adding to the dark feel of the book. Killing, stabbing, shooting, hitting, and smashing is frequent. There a few scenes that describe ripping and tearing apart pieces of human flesh. People are treated inhumanely and experimented on often by monsters and all-out massacres are fully described and brutal.
As I said, cannibalism and child abuse are still very prevalent in this book. Paige, Penryn’s younger sister, was experimented on in the first book and made into a cannibal. People treat her like an animal and are horrible to her. Paige’s condition causes her to lust after human flesh and attack people. In one scene she kills a man to literally eat him and is covered from practically head-to-toe in blood. It was so sad! I have a younger sister Paige’s age and reading this made me very emotional.
Another scene that was hard for me to read also involved cannibalism. The scorpion monster thingies herded humans like cattle and starved them. The only thing the monsters fed these people were entrails and body parts from other humans. It was pretty graphic and so horrible.
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 3-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 ‘for seriously’
There’s a whole lot of drinking in one scene at a party.
No Homosexuals or Mention