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

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

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by Susan Ee
 

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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.

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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 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?

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

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:
47,279
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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World After (Penryn and the End of Days Book Two) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Mrhomely More than 1 year ago
I also waited for this book for years and now i cant read it on my NOOK?!?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
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!
manduhpaigereads More than 1 year ago
I really gave this one a shot. I made it 75% into this book before I had to put it down. I've seen so many people rave about this series, so if you're interested in these books give them a shot because I'm definitely in the minority here. The writing isn't bad, I just can't get into the story. I don't like the main character and I don't find the romance, if you can call it that, believable at all, and the plot is just not for me.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Good This ones starts where Angelfall lets off...like the exact second. There is still a lot of action and some amazing developments with some truly terrifying situations, but we were missing the connection that Penryn and Raffe share since they were apart through most of the story. I am glad to see that there is no love triangle though. Penryn is an excellent heroine for the story as she's always trying to help the ones that deserve it, but isn't at all upset about killing or hurting the ones that don't. She also knows when she's over-powered. She tries to deny being a hero, but that's exactly what she is in a world where everyone is just out to save their own hides. The pacing was done well and the setting varied from place to place similar to the first one. We get to see more of Penryn's sister Paige and her mom, and my heart breaks for Penryn when it comes to her love for these two. Her sister has been experimented on and is often referred to as a "monster" while at the tender age of 7. Her mom is schizophrenic and while that comes off as sad a lot through the story, she is also one of those characters that make you laugh out loud. I really think she can survive anything. I missed Raffe, but we see him on the sidelines throughout. I also got more time with the twins Dee and Dum though not a whole lot. I hope they play a bigger role in the conclusion. The Bad There's really nothing "bad" about World After, I just didn't love it as much as the first due to Raffe missing. The two of them together are rather fun with their bickering and bantering. The Romance Raffe isn't in the story for very long but you can tell that Penryn being so hurt in the first story really rattled him. I believe the angel that's not supposed to feel anything for the Daughters of Men may be developing a little of those pesky feelings. Conclusion A great story. A whole lot happens and often has me thinking how terrified I would be in Penryn's shoes. There are so incredibly scary things in this series, but the darkness is what makes it so great. I enjoy the characters a great deal and it absolutely makes me want to know how all this is going to end. Not as great as the first, but still wonderful. Recommended. "The sun is rising, giving the dark ocean below a glow that shimmers with blue, gold, and green. It's a new day in the World After."
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I love that this series uses angels less as a symbol of traditional religious mythology, but more as supernatural creatures with their own motivations. And in this book, we get a lot of answers to questions from the first book, but also have all kinds of new questions. It isn't quite as action-packed as the first novel, but it is a powerful story nonetheless. Penryn is such a fantastic female lead character. She is courageous and willing to do whatever it takes to save her sister, brave enough to take on anything and everything by herself if need be. The world is falling apart around her, but her determination to protect those she loves is her sole focus. And Raffe... moody and surly, but he is clearly the most noble of the angels. And he is surprisingly funny in a dry sort of way. I think that side of his character is a bit unexpected, given how intense he is portrayed to be. This is a post-apocolyptic novel set in a world of chaos. It has all the makings of an intense read, with the various subplots that weave together to form this great novel. There are some emotionally charged themes and many of the characters have rather intense stories of their own. But there are some amazingly funny moments that bring a lot of life to the entire story. It is those moments that give the reader hope for the future of the world in these books and I love that side of humanity! There are some fantastic bits of dialogue that had me laughing out loud during an otherwise intense and serious read. My Recommendation: If you like angel/human paranormal reads, then I highly recommend this one. The characters are tight and the storylines are engrossing! I gave this 4.5 mugs!
Yohanna More than 1 year ago
LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK... I am officially obsessed with these trilogy, I wish it could never end.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! If I thought that Angelfall was dark and disturbing, it really has nothing on World After. I'm now torn between allowing my heart and my mind time to recover before picking up End of Days and desperately needing to just jump right in and see how this all comes to an end. It's almost a given that the latter will win out in the end. It was such a roller coaster reading this book. Things would be absolutely grim one moment and all of a sudden something good would happen. I'd have moments of joy and allow a smile to break out on my face, and I do mean moments, only to have something else come crashing down, sometimes literally, and knock that happy moment into the dirt. Worry and dread slowly ate away at me and I was almost permanently perched on the edge of my seat through the entire book. But I loved it. I loved feeling all of those things. I've talked before about how much I sometimes love reading all things cute and fluffy. But there's that other side of me that enjoys the darkness and being shocked nearly to my core. And that's exactly what I've been getting with this seres. I mean, the angels do some horrible, horrific things to the humans. There's torture and a lot of bloodshed. A lot. It's graphic and so brilliantly written. I fully admit to having some pretty freaky angel dreams after these first two books. The kind that make you sit up, heart pounding and praying it was all just a dream. Besides being scary and intense, it has also ripped my heart out on more than one occasion. For instance, Penryn's sister Paige's story is absolutely heartbreaking. Just about every moment she was in a scene she ended up bringing me to tears. Just thinking about Paige right now makes my eyes well up with tears. And then there's Raffe and all the things he's going through with his wings and his loss of self. Even though Raffe is part of team angel I have grown very attached to him. Oh who am I kidding? I love the guy. Err, angel. It isn't all doom and gloom though I should probably point out since that's all I've gone on and on with to this point. Penryn is still a kickass heroine and I freaking adore her. She's actually more like the reluctant heroine. All she really wants is to get her family together and keep them safe and yet, even though she hesitates and argues with herself and says she won't do anything, she can't seem to not help others she stumbles upon that are in trouble. Even if it puts herself in the path of danger and risks that end goal she has for herself and her family in doing so. I love that about her. She tries so hard to be selfish and to her very core she ends up being selfless. Plus she's sarcastic and funny and tough as nails. Just very well rounded. I must say some of my favorite scenes happen between Penryn and Raffe though. I feel like I need something to happen between these two like I need air to breathe. The possibilities of what could be are what keeps my heart beating. The problem is I'm not sure how in the heck that is even going to be possible. It's like the ultimate forbidden romance and Raffe is the ultimate rule follower. My heart can't help but want it wants though. But it isn't just the feels or possibility of romance because even if it doesn't happen I will live. It's their connection and understanding, the sense of teamwork and the way they push each other's buttons that make me crave their scenes together. I feel like I've probably droned on enough and I'm itching to start End of Days! So, in a nutshell, I loved this book. It was intense, heart pounding, horrific, heartbreaking, funny...just so many different things. The writing and the characters are brilliant. And I can't wait to see how this series comes to an end. I'm sure things will get much worse before they get better and I'll be just as much on the edge of my seat as I've been up to this point and I can't wait!
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one as much as the first book! This book had all the things I loved from the first book, Kick ass Penryn, Grotesque creatures, Dystopian world, Not quite angelic angels, Awesome Raffe, Penryn's mom and clever dialog. I stayed up way, way to late because I couldn't stop reading! The world that Ee creates it such a treat, and the characters are written wonderfully. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series, I'm sad it's the last book, but glad that hopefully things come to a good conclusion. Love it!
megankylene More than 1 year ago
Angelfall was such a fantastic book! It kept me on the edge of my seat, and Raffe and Penryn had such amazing chemistry. Sadly, World After was disappointing after such a great first book. At the end of Angelfall, Penryn is left in a paralyzed state. She looks dead to everyone, fully aware of everything going on around her. Raffe left her with her family, thinking that she’s dead. SOB!!!! Now she’s back with the Resistance, her mother, and sister. Penryn is left to fight for herself and her family, protecting them at all costs. I love how fiercely strong Penryn’s character was in this book. She’s the ultimate young adult heroine. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her (but boy would it be nice if she had that someone since she has so much on her plate…oy vey!). My favorite moments of the book were when the sword gave Penryn glimpses of Raffe’s past. Penryn got to see Raffe before they met as an overseer of the Watchers, angels who fell in love with humans. Raffe was prejudiced against humans and had never really understood what the Watchers could see in humans until he met Penryn. She was a game changer for him and I loved seeing her through his eyes. I didn’t really fully feel engaged in the story until the final quarter of the book. The first 75% of the book seemed like it was just filler and could have easily been condensed into something much shorter. The series lost its momentum and not much happened to move the plot forward. I really liked the last quarter of the book and would have liked if some of that action was more present in the rest of the book. 2.5 stars
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
"It’s a new day in the World After." -Loc 4087 What can I say about this series? It’s amazing. It’s ridiculously creepy. I love it to the moon and back. I’m dying to get my hands on the third one (WHICH COMES OUT TOMORROW. GET EXCITED). If you’re not reading this series, you are missing out. World After picks up directly where Angelfall left off. Literally. It’s the exact same scene. World After is follows Penryn as she desperately tries to keep Paige and her mother safe, which is no small task, especially since humans are being hunted and Raffe thinks she’s dead. But Penryn continues to be an awesome heroine: resourceful, stubborn, unwilling to give up. But she’s also human, and I like that we get to see both sides of her. "Too many. Being responsible for Mom and Paige is nearly crushing me already. I take comfort in reminding myself that I am just a kid, not a hero. Heroes have a tendency to die in horrible ways. I’ll get through this, and then I’ll lead the quietest life anyone could possibly have in the World After."  -Loc 2982 My biggest complaint with this book was the lack of Raffe. He didn’t truly show up until around 70%, although when he did make an appearance, it was glorious. I could live on Raffe and Penryn’s dialogue, especially now that they are aware they have feelings for each other. They may not act outright on those feelings, but there’s definitely a solid connection between the two of them. Even though he wasn’t actually in the first part of the book, that doesn’t mean he didn’t show up occasionally. "It takes him a moment to realize she’s the Daughter of Man who risked herself to help him. She’s asking him something. Her voice is insistent but melodic. It’s a good sound to die to."  -Loc 989 I really enjoyed getting to see some of Angelfall from Raffe’s perspective, since it’s so completely different from Penryn’s. Not to mention that it made me want to go read the first again. Paige is the stuff of nightmares. Everything about her, from her current situation to how she got that way is just horrible and terrible and not for the squeamish or faint of heart. I loved the development between her and Penryn, and I loved how twisty her story was! Half the time, I couldn’t believe it, and I loved the resolution. Or at least, the halfway resolution, since I’m sure it’s only going to get even crazier in the third. "We must be quite the sight. Raffe in his red mask with his demon wings spread out in all their scythe-edged glory. A scrawny teenage Daughter of Man brandishing an archangel sword. And a little girl stitched-up to look and behave like a nightmare who is clutching a pair of angel wings." -Loc 4026 This book is nonstop thrills and terror all the way through. It’s the King of the YA Angel Genre. And I wasn’t kidding when I said this was ridiculously creepy. It’s an extremely dark book. I almost can’t even classify it was YA. It’s in that sort of in between place with Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. It’s dark like that.
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
After reading Angelfall, the first book in this series, I was really excited to read this.  I had really enjoyed the first book and wanted to know what happened next.  The book started out fairly interesting and while I really like the story line this second book was far more creepy than the first.  Perhaps because the first is primarily Penryn traveling with Raffe where as this book is more about the aftermath of what happened in Angelfall.  A lot of the world building is done, we know most of the characters though we do get to see some new ones, and old ones in a new light.  The character that oddly stood out to me was Penryn's Mom.  She has uncontrolled severe paranoid schizophrenia. While I think some of her actions may be on the extreme side it was much closer to a realistic illness than not.  Some of the things alluded to in the book including her mother annoyed me but I still wouldn't say they'd be 100% inaccurate either.  Raffe wasn't in this book as a main focus though he did make some appearance through out.  That didn't bother me as much as I expected though.  I think what put me off from the book the most was some of the graphic depictions of violence and gore.  I hadn't really expected them and normally wouldn't have minded much.  Without giving spoilers all I can say is it's more about who is involved and the general context of this theme that turned me off.  If you are more a fan of horror than me, you'd probably enjoy this much more.  I still can't help but really enjoy the series and the way the story is unwrapping.  I'll be looking out for the next book, End of Days, which is due for release on May 12th! Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. We pick up where book one Angelfall left off.  Penryn gets her sister back along with her mother but then unfortunately Paige is not the same. The angels did something to her.  The streets are  no longer active people are disappearing and when Paige takes off Penryn tries to find her again. Only this time Penryn is captured and taken to Alcatraz what she sees there is unlike anything she could have imagined. The Angels are up to something a whole lot more than destroying the world. There seems to be some type of power struggle going on and us humans are caught in the middle of it all.  You know the scorpion type things that were in book one, well there are a whole lot more of them and you will probably be surprised at how they are made. Penryn makes it her mission to get off of Alcatraz and on to finding her sister and hoping along the way she finds Raffe.  The book is full of action pretty much from the start and there are no slow spots within the story, you are left wanting to find out more.  Penryn is still as strong as in book one but now she seems even stronger especially since she has been through so much.  Penryn's family plays more of a role within the story and we see that Penryn's mother may be crazy but somehow she has been able to survive all the bad things that have happened to others along with I think she knows what is going on and happening. Though I feel sorry for Penryn as she doesn't truly know how to help her mother deal with being mentally ill she tries her hardest.  Now we all know that when you name a sword that it has to be a powerful name, the name that Penryn named her sword had me in a fit of giggles. I can't even tell you the name as it would be a spoiler just know it isn't what you think. I can not wait to read book three as I am ready to see if Raffe will become a fallen before too long. Will the Angels succeed with their plans of whatever they have going on? And what will happen to Paige? 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** World After by Susan Ee Book Two of the Penryn & the End of Days series Publisher: Skyscape Publication Date: November 19, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: Okay, errr... this one was good, but not great - at least, for me. I honestly felt disappointed, after reading this one. Maybe my expectations were entirely too high, after reading Angelfall. I really liked Angelfall, but I felt like this one wasn't as powerful as its predecessor, holistically. In some ways, World After was even more shocking than Angelfall. But in other ways, it was more lacking in certain elements than Angelfall. This is my March Pili-Pushed recommendation. I reviewed Angelfall in March as well, but it was supposed to be my February Pili-Pushed recommendation. Hehe. The first line of this book is literally "Everyone thinks I'm dead." Raffe, Penryn's mother, Penryn's sister, the Resistance... everyone thinks Penryn is dead, as she is taken by the Resistance with her mother and sister, away from the destroyed aerie. Penryn is alive, and she works with the Resistance to learn more about the angels and their plans for humans. Startling discoveries are made, and Penryn, her mother, and another woman are captured by the angels and taken into a lab. While Penryn attempts to find a way out of the lab, she wonders where Raffe is. She's on her own, Raffe's on his own, but the world needs saving... I think, overall, I liked this book. It starts off very slowly, and I was a bit confused at the beginning. The book begins right where Angelfall left off, in which Penryn and her family are in a truck with the Resistance. I was confused as to why everyone was shocked when she just say up, but I guess it makes sense, everyone thought she was dead. It just seemed weird, because for some reason, I thought her family knew she was just paralyzed. Anyway, never mind. There is a lot of creepy, scary stuff in this book. Mutilation is the tip of the iceberg. Uriel, Layla, and Beliel are up to some crazy stuff, cooking up horrible creatures and destroying humans. It's awful to see humans reduced to such primitive and animalistic beings, with base natures and drives of hunger and safety. This is so well-written by the author, even if it is terrifying. Penryn is a lovely character to follow. She is just as courageous and fearless as she was in Angelfall. Raffe is not basically not present in the entire book, but it's obvious from both Angelfall and World After that Penryn can either hold her own, and do the smart thing and hide. Because Raffe isn't around in this book, there's a lot less humor and banter like there was in Angelfall. I missed it but while I was reading, I was constantly looking out for Raffe's return. Raffe does make an appearance in this book... however short it was, it was nice to see him exist in this sequel. I thought the author would have the entire book go by, and then reintroduce him in book three. Raffe is part of about 10% of this novel, which isn't a lot, but he's solidly in that 10%. Nothing moves forward or backward, in terms of the romance. I'll say no more.  Surprisingly, the end of this book really isn't a cliffhanger. Authors LOVE to end sequel novels (the second book of a trilogy, especially) with a good old NASTY cliffhanger (one of the protagonists was imprisoned, one of the protagonists is mortally wounded, etc.). This book ends fairly. Thank goodness. So I suppose the wait for End of Days wouldn't have been agonizing as it could have been! What I Did Not Like: Problems. There were quite a few. I found this book to be extremely predictable. I'm not satisfied with the lack of explanations of things - I let it slide in Angelfall, thinking that things would be more fully explained in this book. Not so. Furthermore, there is little dialogue in this book, because Penryn hardly interacts with people. Little dialogue made this book slightly slower and sluggish, more so than I would have liked. I could see "plot twists" from a mile away. I like to think I'm a pretty astute reader, but there's an astute reader, and then there's straight-up obvious plot. You can totally tell when one thing is going to happen. For example, OF COURSE Penryn and her mother get caught by the angels when they go exploring. They had spotted other humans running, and what do they do? Hide in the shadows, see what's happening, and then you know it's going to happen... they get caught with the other humans, by the angels! There are so many instances of this, where the author introduces something (like, the angels have a lab and are doing mysterious things), and then the author "fixes" the lack of knowledge of the something by plopping Penryn directly into the thick of things. Or when Raffe first enters this story. OF COURSE he's there in the new aerie. Predictable.  I don't like how things aren't explained. Why did Penryn not die? Why does her mother see things, hear things, talk to the devil, whatever? Why is Paige special? Why is Penryn special? Why is Penryn, a human, able to take on angels? I don't understand how and why any of this is possible, and the author offers no explanations. I didn't think too much of it in book one, because there's plenty of time to explain yourself, but by book two, key plot arcs should be explained. In my opinion. And then in book three, things will be wrapped up and put together and the final showdown can occur, with the protagonist finally knowing and understanding everything about the supernatural world. This isn't what's happening, in this series. It seems like without Raffe, there is no dialogue in this book. There's dialogue, don't get me wrong; but it's significantly less dialogue, which is tiresome and a bit boring. This book started slowly and didn't really pick up until about halfway through. Then the pages started flying, and bam, I was finished. But the first half was slow. This is definitely attributed by the lack of dialogue. Let's not forget the fact that, ahem, Raffe is NOT IN THIS BOOK. He's barely in the book is what I mean. But he might as well have not been in the book. He makes a bit of progress with getting his wings back. We understand why his sword doesn't want him at the moment. In the short time that he IS in this book, parts to his story are addressed.  The romance, however, is not addressed. It's clear that each of them have feelings towards the other. It's also clear that neither of them are going to act on those feelings. There is no physical interactions in this book, between Raffe and Penryn, and honestly, there are no sentimental and emotional interactions either, in my opinion. Boooo. Would I Recommend It: I still liked this book, despite feeling disappointed. I wasn't as impressed as basically the entire book world, but I'd still recommend this book. It wasn't as good as Angelfall, but the series in general is really good, definitely enjoyable. I hope End of Days does a better job of cleaning up things, especially since it's the conclusion to this series! Rating: 3 stars. Probably on the low end of 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, I'm very glad I read this book. But I think either I wanted too much from this book, or this book really just didn't deliver. It's probably a combination of the two. Either way, I'm looking forward to reading End of Days.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
World After is a deliriously dark fantasy that takes place after the angels return to earth. If some angel have their way, to start the apocalypses. Chaos reigns, humans are gathering to survive and somehow Penryn’s family sits in a position to help save the world. The few select angel’s have a very twisted and horrifying plan and they are manipulating the rest of the aviary to following their treachery.  Like a train wreck waiting to happen, I just couldn’t look away. World After had me completely absorbed in this bleak and dismal world of Susan Ee’s imaginings. The story is told vividly, making this dystopian world come alive off the pages.  I’m anxiously looking forward to End of Days, book 3 in the Penryn & the End of Days series. I received this copy of World After from Amazon Children's Publishing - Skyscape in exchange for a honest review. 
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it was possible, but this book was even better than the first book. It picks up right after the first one ends, with Penryn recovering from the "scorpion angel" attack and wondering where Raffe went off to. She had her little sister back, but she's not the little girl Penry remembers.  This second installment just keeps the pace up and running. The monstrosities and depravities definitely made me think of "angels" in a whole new light. As the story progresses and we learn just what the archangel Uriel is up to, it just drove me to turn the pages (metaphorically speaking, since i read this on a kindle) to see where Ms. Ee was going. In the end she didn't disappoint. There was a spectacular conclusion and I'm soooo grateful that it's only a month or so until the finale comes out. It would be sheer torture if I had to wait much longer than that (like so many who read this when it first came out, rather than in prep for the finale). Can't wait to read more!Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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hanbridturner More than 1 year ago
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.
ashlei0 More than 1 year ago
So happy with this series. It does not disappoint!!! Cannot wait for book 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
bookloveforeverMN More than 1 year ago
I actaully haven't read the book yet but the first one was really good, it actaully reminded me of the infernal devices series
Flowerodesert More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.