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World After (Penryn & the End of Days) Paperback – November 19, 2013
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Gr 10 Up—In this sequel to Angelfall, Ee brings listeners back to her postapocalyptic world where angels have descended and wreaked havoc on the world below. The angels in this drama are not the beautiful, godly, kind beings of lore, but instead are deadly, heartless creatures who experiment on humans and wish to eradicate them from the Earth. The story continues with Penryn struggling to keep her schizophrenic mother and recovering test subject sister, Paige, together. Things are beginning to look up until an angry mob abducts Paige because of her grotesque physique. Penryn and her mother make it their goal to find their ghastly family member, but they fall into a trap set by the angels. As the story unfolds, listeners will learn the fate of Raffe and the other angels who have made Earth a living nightmare with their hybrid scorpion creations. Narrator Caitlin Davies expertly narrates the graphic descriptions of carnage without a flinch. Vivid images make this title more suitable for older listeners. (Sinister music signals the beginning and end of each disk.) Listeners should have some familiarity with the first title in the series or they'll likely become lost. The ending hints at a third installment of the series. Purchase where the first is popular.—Amanda Schiavulli, Finger Lakes Library System, NY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Dark, romantic, and compulsively readable – Penryn and the End of Days offers readers a new breed of angels to love and fear. I am officially obsessed." —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable
“Susan is a brilliant writer. She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters.” —Sam Raimi, director/producer/writer
“Addictive. Seriously and completely addictive.” —Glamour UK
“Angelfall blew our little cashmere socks off with its totally amazeballs tale of angels going all Armageddon on our asses. The sequel keeps our hearts pounding and fingers fumbling to turn the pages as our plucky heroine, Penryn, finds herself part of the human Resistance… Basically, it’s bloody brilliant.” —Star Magazine
“Action packed and tense, [World After] will delight even sci-fi refuseniks.” —Sunday Mirror
“Another wonderful installment in the Penryn & the End of Days series. Susan Ee is a wonderful storyteller who paints a dark and terrifying world.” —Night Owl Reviews
“Devotees of the paranormal will get their angel fix here.” —Voice of Youth Advocates
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Susan Ee somehow manages to take everything I love most in books and blend it all together perfectly. Intense action, creeptastic horror, witty banter, sexual tension off the charts, complex characters- the gang’s all here!
Penryn has got to be one of my favorite YA heroines of all time. She’s bold, courageous, stubborn, selfless, smart and so strong yet despite all the hardship she has been through she’s still very empathetic to others. Even when she does stupid things she’s smart enough to realize this is a bad idea but her conscience won’t allow her to just walk away. The brief moments she gets to expose her vulnerability and insecurity are so touching. It is a nice reminder that beneath her strength and bravado this is still a young, inexperienced girl. Her stammering during the few romantic scenes made me laugh out loud and cringe for her at the same time.
Her family makes me think my family isn’t weird after all. As creepy as her mom was in the last book she kicks it up a notch this time around. I think I’m more terrified of her holding a lipstick now than the cattle prod she is so fond of. There’s a scene between her and Pen that made my heart hurt. I’ve known that having to deal with her mentally ill mother is what has made Penryn so strong and independent but it’s so hard to see it happening. Paige is also featured a lot in the beginning of this book and it is just as unsettling. We finally get to see what happened to her after she was taken by the angels in Angelfall and it isn’t pretty. She’s only seven, you guys, seven and they have transformed her into something so monstrous even Penryn struggles to see the little sister she adores through it.
Of course we have to talk about our favorite angel with demon wings, Raffe. While we do get to see flashes of him here and there he’s not really around until the end of the book. Surprisingly, this did not detract from my enjoyment and he more than makes up for his absence once he does show up. Believing Penryn is dead, he has been pursuing his beautiful white angel wings with a single-minded intensity. It was both refreshing and true to his character that he didn’t just give up after her “death” and sit around moping. The banter between him and Penryn absolutely slayed me just like the first book but we also get some really touching tender moments between them too. We also get to learn a lot about his past and why he is so against angel and human relationships. The nearly combustible tension between them is driving me crazy but I love it.
The sword- yep, she’s getting her own section because this time around she’s basically a character in her own right. This thing is not only sentient it is able to share visions of the past and is the sole reason we finally get to learn so much about Raffe’s past. It uses them to teach her things, to motivate her, and even to comfort her. Also, Penryn saddles it with what is quite possibly the worst name ever for an Archangel sword. That and the disguise she made for it had me cracking up while feeling bad for it. I felt bad for a sword- if that isn’t a testament to Ee’s writing, I don’t know what is.
If you loved Angelfall, you’re going to love World After. It has everything you love about the first one kicked up a notch. Now stop wasting time reading reviews and go buy this book! You can thank me later.
I have to talk about Raffe first because, come on, he's one of the biggest reasons why any of us fell in love with Angelfall. I also have to start with him because one of the biggest questions I had coming into the book was about if he and Penryn would ever find each other again or if Raffe would even be apart of this book. Okay, so we all know Raffe isn't one of the most sentimental characters ever written, but with every page about him, I got a better understanding of his personality. So yes, Raffe is definitely in this book, though his presence isn't in person until the end. Still, we learn about him through his sword that Penryn keeps with her most of the book. The sword gives Penryn some major incite about Raffe. There are even a couple scenes from Angelfall in Raffe's perspective that were just phenomenal. I loved getting to know him more, and it made the tension between him and Penryn that much sweeter after getting a taste of his feelings and his past.
Penryn is seriously one of the best heroines ever. One of my favorite parts about her that persisted through this book is that she's this awesome fighter yet she's funny and sometimes awkward yet she's not overly humble or lacking self-esteem. Her personality has a lot of balance, and for the first time in a very long time I find myself wanting to be a character like her. She is my hero! With so much going on in the book, Penryn's motives never change. Unlike many heroines that flip-flop between guys and duty and family, Penryn stays consistent with what she wants. I guess she doesn't get many options anyway because very much so like the first book, she is constantly alone. I love this focus solely on my favorite character though. There are no best friends telling her cheesy, bad advice or another boy distracting her. This book is really all about her and the changed world. The only person that weaves in and out of the story with her consistently is her mother, who is as interesting/creepy/sad as she was in the first book.
Penryn and Raffe getting back together is not really the big focus of the story. Sure it constantly went through my mind as I read, but this book is really packed full of action and horror. There are not many slow moments. This makes the book so much more than a love story, yet at the same time it makes the love story so much better. I felt much more emotion from Penryn and Raffe being apart than I have with other book couples actually being together. The chemistry between the two stars is perfect and the brief time Raffe and Penryn are actually together is beautifully written.
The tension in all aspects of this book left me numb by the time I finish reading. All the emotions left me reeling. The characters, both new and old, are very real, and the situations are mind blowing. Even though I hated how long I had to wait for this book, I can tell that the author used all that time for good. If you liked the first book at all then you have to read this one. There is obviously a lot left to this series, yet so much occurs in just this second book. It was perfect.