World After (Penryn and the End of Days Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathleen Beck
The angel invasion has left the world in chaos. Penryn and Raffe, the angel whose wings were brutally cut off in Angelfall (Skyscape, 2012/Voya December 2012), uncover some far-from-angelic political machinations by the Archangel Uriel, who seeks to succeed the dead Gabriel as God's Messenger. He has forced human scientists to create scorpion-like creatures to simulate locusts, Biblical harbingers of the End of Days, threatening humans and angels alike. Penryn's little sister, Paige, subject of another fiendish experiment, is imprisoned on the island of Alcatraz, and Raffe has disappeared. Penryn is on her own to rescue Paige and the other prisoners, thwart Uriel, and find a way to restore Raffe's wings. It is a big task for a seventeen-year-old, even with an angel sword named Pooky Bear to help her. There is a lot going on here. Settings and circumstances shift rapidly. The violence and anarchy of the World After become repetitive. Hints of deep issues get lost in the confusion (What are the angels' real motives? What special quality have the scientists implanted in Paige? Can humans and angels form attachments?). The reader is not sure the author has worked out where the story is going. Penryn and Raffe's sometimes snarky conversations provide a welcome, lighter note. Devotees of the paranormal will get their angel fix here, and those who enjoyed the first, more compelling book will want to read this. With the number of projected volumes unstated, it could be a long time before the situation resolves. Eternity, perhaps? Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477817285
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Series: Penryn & the End of Days Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 21,337
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ee has eaten meze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She has a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy and horror, especially if there's a touch of romance. She used to be a lawyer but now loves being a writer because it allows her souped-up imagination to bust out and go feral.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    Waited for this book for years and now it's not available in the

    Waited for this book for years and now it's not available in the format that I read books in? Bad form!

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    I also waited for this book for years and now i cant read it on

    I also waited for this book for years and now i cant read it on my NOOK?!?!?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Dark, thrilling and beautiful addition to the series!

    My review:

    World After is a terrifying and amazing page turner.
    This one sentence describes it all and then again, it describes way too little.

    I am totally freaked out and in love with the world that Susan Ee has created. I wouldn't want to live in it, but it is strikingly thrilling and horrifying and fascinating. As I was with Angelfall, I still am in love with the idea of the angels destroying the world. Usually in the world of literature, angels are seen mostly as good creatures with some exceptions of few fallen ones, but in Penryn and the End of Days books, angels are as bad as you can get them. I think it is awesome!

    The best part of it is, that it is still unknown WHY the angels are destroying the earth. The author gives some light to it during the World After, but not nearly enough to see the big picture. The author keeps you guessing, giving not much away. You see glimpses of angel politics, bad planning and get the understanding of dirty angel politics, but it's like teasing - the tension is building and I think it will keep building until couple of more books in the series are out. Honestly, I can't wait!

    When Angelfall could not in my opinion be described as a thriller, then World After definitely can! The creatures you meet, the horrifying scenes you are getting from the bloody torture of humans, the scientific experiments and gene mutations on humans - all of the before mentioned proves, that Susan Ee can write and combine different genres like it was a walk in the park. And what an imagination she has! It is actually spooky because what I thought started out as a YA series, I am not so sure anymore if it can be called YA. There is nothing YA readers can't read in there, but the world, which you see and experience in Susan's books, I bet it can give some younger readers with weaker nerves some serious thrills. It's dark, it's horrifying and yet, it's utterly unique and amazingly written world.

    Susan Ee's writing style is rare. World After is written from Penryn's point of view which is quite descriptive, but never boring. I loved that we get to know Raffe little better and the fun part of it is, that the author tells more about Raffe through his sword. I think it was a brilliant way of doing it! Besides that, there is not a lot of dialogue, but the dialogue you see in the book, is great! It's funny and feisty and it gives you good laughs.

    Plot:

    World After pick up right there where Angelfall ends. I don't want to give much away what happens in the book, so very briefly:
    Penryn survives the attack from the scorpion monsters and Raffe thinks she is dead. Penryn is brought to the Resistane together with her mom and Paige, but since Paige is changed, they can't stay for long. Paige takes off and Penryn needs to find her sister... again. Her journey takes her to Alcatraz and towards the end of the book she meets Raffe again.

    Be prepared to lots of surprises in the plot! There is nothing obvious in this book.

    Characters:

    My favorite new character - Pooky Bear! You will need to read the book to understand why Pooky Bear won my heart. I loved that Raffe's sword is teaching Penryn more about how to fight and also gives Penryn deeper insight into Raffe. The sword is a story-teller and I have to admit, without these stories shown by the sword, I would have missed Raffe terribly. Yay for Pooky Bear!

    I keep admiring Penryn and I think she is one of my all time favorite YA heroines in the world!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    I read the first book Angelfall in Nook format and I loved it.

    I read the first book Angelfall in Nook format and I loved it. I've been waiting months for the sequel to come out and now its not available on the Nook. I love Susan Ee and this series! Please publish this in Nook format for all the e-readers out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

    Everything in this book is brilliant.  And to be honest, it is b

    Everything in this book is brilliant.  And to be honest, it is by far the best sequel I have ever read, which is not something I take lightly. Everything in this book is as fresh and new as it was in the first, and I couldn't put it down. Literally. I read it in six hours. Read this series if you do nothing else.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    So happy with this series. It does not disappoint!!! Cannot wait

    So happy with this series. It does not disappoint!!! Cannot wait for book 3!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    I actaully haven't read the book yet but the first one was reall

    I actaully haven't read the book yet but the first one was really good, it actaully reminded me of the infernal devices series

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Let me start by saying I never read the first book in this serie

    Let me start by saying I never read the first book in this series. I came across the novel for purposes other than pleasure reading. However, I found this book easy to get into despite missing out on the first novel. The writing is clear, precise, and entertaining. The plot is unique enough that it was not trite or repetitive. The author clearly did her homework. Very good book. Would recommend it with enthusiasm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    I picked up the last paper back copy in my local Wal Mart. I hav

    I picked up the last paper back copy in my local Wal Mart. I have been waiting and looking everywhere for the second book in
     this series and was not disappointed. I am now looking forward to the third book and more adventures of Penryn, Raffe and Paige.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    I was eagerly awaiting this sequel and I wasn't disappointed. Ms

    I was eagerly awaiting this sequel and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Ee is a talented writer that walks that fine line between reality, horror, fantasy and a touch of romance. I was pulled back into the story from the first page when Penryn awakens from her paralysis from the stinger bite. The story barrels forward as Penryn and the survivors of the angel wars try to organize into some sort of resistance against future attacks, but the humans have no idea the horrors that are coming. The author's imagination is absolutely amazing with this aspect of the story.
    My only complaint was that it was so long between books that I forgot some of the details in book 1, but I didn't want to take the time away from this story to re-read it again. I only hope it's not as long before the 3rd book in the series comes out. Fans of fantasy and horror will devour this latest story. Highly Recommended.
     

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    World After is the second book in Susan Ee¿s series: Penryn &a


    World After is the second book in Susan Ee’s series: Penryn & the End of Days. I absolutely love this series. World After seems to be bridging the gap between the stories of book 1 and book 3. I wouldn’t say it’s a “filler book” because a lot of questions are answered from book 1 and there is some major set up for book 3, but overall not a lot happens in World After until about the last quarter; however I loved it just the same! That last quarter left me so ready for the next installment and I don't want to even think about how long I have to wait until it comes out :(

    In World After, there is a clear distinction between the “World Before” and the “World After” (thus the title) and the reader gets a clearer picture of how the apocalypse occurred and how people all over the area are dealing with it. The reader also gets some insight as to why the angels came to earth in the first place and the purpose for the “scorpion” creatures. We get some information about what was done to Paige but I have a feeling more will be revealed and she will be more heavily included in book 3. My favorite thing about this second book is Penryn learning just how interactive Raffe’s archangel sword can be. During her interactions with the sword, the reader gets a glimpse of Raffe’s point-of-view during a couple scenes in Angelfall (book 1). Also, Penryn’s problem-solving skills are definitely put to the test as she finds herself in lots of situations she has to get out of. I admired her character’s creative problem-solving abilities in Angelfall and I’m glad to see she is still as smart, loyal, and determined in this book.

    My favorite quotes:
    “It’s amazing how many times we need to go against our survival instincts to survive.”

    “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

    “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.”

    "I guess there's nothing like a grisly impending death to make people overlook their differences."

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

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    Ah! It felt so good to be back in this world! But I have to admi

    Ah! It felt so good to be back in this world! But I have to admit I was nervous before I started reading World After. It's been over a year since I read the first book Angelfall, and I wondered whether or not this sequel would be able to live up to the badass awesomeness of it's predecessor. As soon as I got a couple of chapters into the story, though, I knew that the wait was completely worth it.

    In World After, like in the first novel, Penryn's main goal was finding &saving her littler sister Paige. Before you say 'Again?,' just know that you shouldn't worry at all about the events in this book being a repeat of Angelfall. This time around Paige leaves willingly, and Penryn only has Raffe's sword by her side. Her mother & a character named Clara, who appeared in the first book, are also there with her in the beginning. And before you ask 'But what about Raffe?!,' don't worry. He's in the story as well, and I will definitely get to him in a bit.

    Penryn was as focused & resilient as she was in Angelfall. I had no idea what kind of horrors she would face this time around, but I knew if anyone could pull through it would be her. I liked that she didn't feel like a hero. She was just as scared as everyone else & only did what she could with what she had. Something that broke my heart, though, was how she treated Paige. After everything Penryn went through in Angelfall, I thought things would be good between them. However, that wasn't the case at all. Nearly all the humans they encountered were terrified of Paige and treated her like she was a monster. While Penryn was never cruel to Paige, she couldn't bring herself to touch or comfort her sister because deep down even she was afraid and didn't know what to do with this new version of her sister. It was really sad, and I kept hoping that Penryn would overcome her fears for Paige's sake.

    Then there's Raffe. I loved Raffe in the previous novel and couldn't wait to see him again. If you're hoping he'll to show up right away, you will probably be disappointed. But I'm glad his absence proves that Penryn can carry this story on her own. Now, that doesn't mean Raffe wasn't around. In fact, his presence was felt throughout the novel. And when he does show up in person...it was a breathless moment for Penryn. And I was on the edge of my seat, grinning like an idiot. He's still the same sarcastic angel, yet there's a vulnerability to him when it comes to Penryn. It was sweet.

    Penryn and Raffe's relationship continued where it left off in Angelfall, and while I can't say how things progressed with them, I can say that it was clear how deep and strong their connection was. I liked the fact that Penryn reminded us that she was like any other seventeen-year-old girl who craves love & romance. It's really no surprise that what they share is complicated. How can anything develop between an angel and a human when it's forbidden, especially in a world where surviving comes first? That's a question I hope will be answered before the end of the series because their relationship is one of my absolute favorite things in the books.

    World After was an amazing & satisfying sequel to Angelfall. The writing & the story flowed perfectly, and it had non-stop horror & intense action from the very beginning. I cannot wait to see where Penryn's story goes next & how things will be resolved. Although I wish the third book was already out, I know I'll eagerly wait for its release no matter how long it takes.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    5 Big Shiny Stars for World After! This is the sequel I've been

    5 Big Shiny Stars for World After!

    This is the sequel I've been the most excited about and it was completely worth the wait. I loved it.

    Susan Ee is amazing. Her characterization is amazing. Her imagery is beyond amazing.
    I have never, ever enjoyed a book 2 the way I did World After. She wove use through a new part of the
    story while revealing bits and pieces of book one from an unexpected, but perfectly played new point of view.
    And amazingly she never changes points of view. I really love how she did that. 

    She keeps Penryn the same kick ass girl she's always been yet we get to see a little bit of her softer,
    seventeen year old girl side...right before she goes badass again and does a roundhouse kick to the nose. 

    My only complaint is that I missed Raffe's snarky dialog. Don't worry, he's in here, you just have to wait a bit
    for all that witty repartee this time. But honestly, it's worth the wait. :)

    If you have not read Angelfall, go do it now. If you have, reread it if its been awhile. It was so gratifying to
    reread then immediately pick up book 2 right where one left off. 

    Angelfall is in my top 5 favorite books of all time. Just darn excited to have its sequel maintain that status.
    Thank you Susan Ee.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    World After by Susan Ee is one of the most highly anticipated yo

    World After by Susan Ee is one of the most highly anticipated young adult releases of the year. World After is the second book in the Penryn and the End of Days series and picks up where the first book, Angelfall ended. YA readers who enjoy a taste of Dystopia, and Post Apocalyptic world building will fall in love with this series. It has elements of horror, fantasy, urban fantasy and even a touch of romance. Ee's straightforward writing style and her ability not to shrink from the horrors of a world gone bad makes this book a must read. With it's dark, edgy atmosphere and rich angel mythology, World After is a great YA read, with enough tension and urgency to keep readers turning those pages. 

    The world building alone in this series is enough to draw readers in. Ee has created a post apocalyptic world that we have not necessarily seen in YA writing before. This is a world where a character we generally consider a good-guy has become a very evil bad-guy. Angels are full of light and peace and all things good. Not so, with Ee's angels. These guys are as ruthless and manipulating as any villains you will find in other stories. The mythology is riveting. And what they have done to the earth is so creepy and scary that younger readers might have some issues with the violence and horrific circumstances. It's just that dark!

    Penryn was believed to be dead at the end of Angelfall and her angel protector and friend Raffe is gone, heartbroken and desolate. In World After, Penryn survives and tries to acclimate herself and her sister Paige back into the resistance. Paige is not the same little girl the angels took in Angelfall. She is considered by the rebels as more monster than girl. Penryn has a difficult time with her feelings regarding Paige and when Paige disappears Penryn is off again after her. I liked the fact that Ee doesn't make it easy for Penryn to reconcile how she felt about Paige before and how she feels now. She shows a lot of vulnerability and strength. I thought it was well written and believable. 

    I missed Raffe during most of this novel, because he is off trying to find his stolen wings. But I knew that Ee would reintroduce him when it was time. Though he doesn't appear for the first two thirds of the book, when he does, it's magic. The reunion between Raffe and Penryn was exceptional. I thought the author did a great job of building a lot of tension leading up to Penryn and Raffe seeing each other again, by delaying it for most of the book. I think Raffe will no doubt have a much bigger role in the next novel. He is such a great character. You have all of these angels that are so awful and then you have Raffe. He may not be perfect but he is solid. His affection for Penryn is real and very obvious. He may be a big strong angel, but when it comes to Penryn he becomes softer and more vulnerable. What a great character!

     But mostly it left me in awe of Susan Ee's writing. She is a gifted storyteller. She tells it like it is. She doesn't shy away from the scary stuff and she doesn't sugar coat anything. I liked the fact that a lot of questions from Angelfall are answered in World After but Ee also provides new questions and another cliffhanger of sorts. We find out why the angels took over, what they have in mind and what it might mean for mankind. It's a thrill ride to be sure. If you like dystopian, post apocalyptic writing, you can't miss this one... it's just that good!

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    What to say? What to say? First I want to express my desire to


    What to say? What to say? First I want to express my desire to have an angel by the name of Raffe show up on my doorstep! Second I want to reiterate my love for this book series!






    World After starts up right where Angelfall ends. The truth is Penryn and Raffe spend most of the book apart which for me was very disappointing but only because I like it when he's around. We really get to see Penryn prove her worth, she and her family are put through quite a bit but Penryn remains strong proving she can take care of herself. We get more of a glimpse into the relationships between Penryn, her mom, and Paige. It becomes clear that they are her only weakness.






    There is a lot of action, how can there not be when the characters are constantly running for their lives? But unfortunately it did have a middle book feel to it. At the end it seemed like nothing had been solved, which you kind of expect when starting a middle book. If things are solved then that would make it a final book and I'm not ready for this ride to end. I can't get enough of Penryn and Raffe, I hope to have more in the next book. I really hope Susan Ee can figure out a way for them to be together in the end. That would rock my socks off!

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    I too give this book five stars without reading. Its not bad for

    I too give this book five stars without reading. Its not bad form to not have it available for Nook. She got published by an Amazon Company. I for one am proud that she got published! Go her! I bought the book in paperback because she is such an amazing author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    I gave this book a 5 star rating without reading it because of t

    I gave this book a 5 star rating without reading it because of the jerk who gave this book a 1 star rating without reading it. I had to. Susan Ee is an outstanding writer.

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