Afterworlds (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Afterworlds (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Scott Westerfeld

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ISBN-13: 9781481438513
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Afterworlds 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. HOLY WOW! The first two chapters of this book are amazing. Afterworlds is a legit page-turner. The dual storyline concept of a debut author completing their first novel (which you read alongside) could have gone horribly wrong, but Scott Westerfeld nailed it. I LOVED the juxtaposition of Darcy’s (the author) journey alongside Lizzie’s. It was incredibly clever to watch the editing process affect the outcome and style of the Afterworlds story throughout. I was also majorly impressed with Westerfeld’s ability to write the young female voice so honestly and without the cliched traps many older authors fall into. These were human beings living their lives. It didn’t matter what their gender, race, or sexuality was. Very nicely handled. I’m not sure if I enjoyed this book more because I’ve been working with authors for the past year… but I found the process thrilling to experience on the page. I feel like I was totally in the know about the life of a writer. Some really good *wink wink nudge nudge* Would be interested to know how fellow writers feel about this piece… One of my favorite reads of 2014. Thanks for the opportunity to read/review the ARC, Simon Pulse!
DeniRemi More than 1 year ago
Afterworlds is the most recent book from Scott Westerfeld, author of the popular Uglies trilogy. Darcy Patel was a normal high school senior until she decided to write a novel in thirty days. Now she has an agent and is signed with one of the top publishing companies for her novel Afterworlds and its to-be-written sequel. Darcy decides that this is her chance to live her dream life and, after some debate with her parents, postpones college to move to New York City and become a full time writer. Darcy's story follows her as she begins her life in New York City and navigates the world of writing and publishing. It is filled with lovely insights into how novels adapt from the first draft to the final as well as the struggles and fears that authors have. Darcy is faced with the challenge of having to find a new ending for Afterworlds when her editor decides it isn't happy enough, which causes Darcy to doubt if she's truly cut out for writing novels. Meanwhile, the deadline for her untitled sequal is mere months away and she hasn't even begun to think of what it might be about. But as Darcy works to discover the ending her book was meant to have, she also begins to question her life and decisions, which she explores with the help of her girlfriend and fellow author Imogene. This leads to conflict between the two when Imogene begins to have problems of her own with her novel Pyromancer. Darcy's story is alternated with that of the novel she is writing, Afterworlds. Afterworlds follows Lizzie after she nearly becomes a victim in a terrorist attack and finds that she has the power to cross over into the "afterworld", the space between life and death, making her a psychopomp. It is there that she meets and falls in love with Yamaraj, the lord of death. With his guidance and the assistance of a more sinister psychopomp, Lizzie learns to navigate the afterworld and use her powers to help ghosts cross over after death. She has a more sinister plan of her own, however, as she decides to use her new found powers to right wrongs in the real world that others cannot help her with. Although the novel is a chunky 600 pages, it flies by as you feel like you are reading two separate stories. By weaving chapters of Afterworlds with Darcy's life, Westerfeld allows you valuable insight into why each character acts the way they do and gives you a better understanding of their thoughts. While Darcy's chapters are very informative and fun, Lizzie's bring plenty of drama and excitement that creates a nice balance in the book. I had a few problems at first though, because I assumed you were reading the first draft of Afterworlds when you are actually reading Darcy's final book, a distinction that is not necessarily made; this made some references in Darcy's narration to scenes that had been cut or changed in Afterworlds somewhat confusing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of young adult fiction, especially if you have an interest in how books are published. While some parts seemed a little too fantastical, you still learn a lot and have some great laughs reading tidbits from the various experiences of the authors in the books. It is also a very easy read, so there's no need to feel daunted by the page count.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great writer takes on the difficult task of telling two stories at once. Its not like anything you've read before. You won't regreat it. Death princes, ramon noodles, and ghosts! Oh my!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book turns out to be not one, but two stories. Half of it is the coming of age story of a teen writer who just moved out on her own to New York City, and the other half is said teen writer's paranormal romance book. I enjoyed the coming of age plot line, not so much the paranormal romance.
BookGirlR81 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Afterworlds.  What Westerfeld has done with this novel is awesome.  I loved reading about Lizzie’s life and her struggle to adapt to life as a published author and life as an adult, alternating chapters with her first novel.  When I first started reading I wasn’t sure I was going to like the alternating chapters, but as I got further into the story I began to enjoy it more and more as I followed Lizzie’s struggle with copyedits and then read the sections of her novel with which she had been having such issues.  I enjoyed the meta aspect of reading a novel that contains a character writing a novel and the novel as it’s being written.  I recommend Afterworlds for fans of YA and fans of paranormal genre fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in a day. The tagline makes it sound (at least to me) like Lizzie and Darcy have an interaction beyond that of a fictional character and her author. They don't. It's Darcy's life as a new author in a new city and her decisions on the book, alternating with chapters of said book. Both stories had me hooked right away.
Nova_Blogder More than 1 year ago
This book was horribly disappointing. I've read Westerfeld's other works and they aren't the best (I'll be honest, I don't get the hype) but they aren't terrible either. I'm very impartial to his writing. However, I can't deny that I hated this book! It's actually a DNF in some ways because I gave up seriously reading after 450 pages. After that, it was just some skimming and figuring out where the story was going. I was bored. This is my main problem. I thought this book would be an inception kind of thing where it would be very interesting. It wasn't. Half the book was about Darcy's life as an author and the other half was about Darcy's story, Afterworlds. I hated Afterworlds by Darcy Patel and was somewhat bored with Darcy's life. Darcy's life was interesting because she was on her way to becoming a debut author, but it wasn't what I signed up for. I wanted a mix of realism with supernatural. However, all I actually got was a terrible supernatural story and dry writings about Darcy's life. In addition, this book was too long. TOO LONG! I don't really need 600 pages worth of this. So much could've been cut down and that would've kept my interest for a bit longer. My main problem with Lizzy's story (Afterworlds by Darcy) is how bad the pacing is. I liked how the beginning started with a bang and it totally cut to the chase. I was intrigued for a bit and then it went downhill from there. There was instalove and so much of it. They kissed at page 31. I read that and knew, I just knew it wasn't going to be good from there. And instead of building towards a climax, this book fell flat. I was so bored and nothing exciting happened. When something did happen, it was emotionless and bland because there was no rising action. It felt very erratic and honestly? Weird. And Darcy's story? It wasn't bad. It wasn't really good (not what I wanted) but it wasn't nearly as bad as Lizzie's. However, I found it so hilarious that Darcy got so much praise about how good her book was because I thought it was horrible. So I got a really good laugh out of that. I'm going to stop talking now because I've made my points. This book didn't agree with me at all. I was bored out of my mind and the only reason I was still reading was because I wanted it to magically get good in the end. Sadly, that didn't happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was amazing, one of his best. A MUST READ FOR ALL FANS.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved this book!!!
runnergirl83 4 months ago
Scott Westerfeld’s (author of the Uglies series) latest novel flips between two different characters. One story is about Darcy Patel. She just graduated from high school and already has a contract to get her novel published. Her novel is expected to do well. She moves to New York to work on editing the final draft of her novel. Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a thriller about a teen, Lizze, who survives a terrorist attack. Scared that she will die, she pretends to be dead and slips into a different world, the afterworld. I enjoyed the alternating between the two different stories. If the novel had just been one story or the other, it would not have been as interesting. Also, on one of the stories, the chapters looked different (black on bottom of page) which helped you keep straight on which story you were currently reading. Overall, an enjoyable young adult read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that Scott comes out with a second for this series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike anything I've ever read - I was hooked by page one.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Darcy Patel has put everything on hold to be a writer. A real, published writer. She moves to New York City with a contract to publish her novel "Afterworlds" and its as yet unwritten and untitled sequel, part of her advance, and the dazzling title of soon-to-be debut author. Darcy does not have plans for college. She does not have an apartment. She does not have any idea what happens next. But somehow, in the world of writers--both seasoned and new--Darcy finds her people. Over the course of one tumultuous year in the city Darcy will learn about writing, publishing and even love. More than anything, she'll learn if she has what it takes to really do this thing that she loves so much. Interspersed with Darcy's story is the story that brought her to New York in the first place: Afterworlds. After surviving an unthinkable attack, Lizzie realizes she has the ability to slip into the afterworld--somewhere that exists between life and death. With her new ability, Lizzie discovers that ghosts are everywhere as are other, darker things. Everyone seems to want something from Lizzie but even her new gifts might not be enough to keep those she loves safe. Darcy and Lizzie's worlds blend together in this story about facing your fears and finding yourself in Afterworlds (2014) by Scott Westerfeld. The first thing to know about Afterworlds is that it reads like two books. Odd numbered chapters focus on Darcy's "real world" story of moving to New York and revising Afterworlds. Even numbered chapters detail the "story within the story" of Lizzie and her journey into the afterworld. While this book clocks in at over 600 pages (hardcover) really it's two stories--two books even--in one both told to excellent effect. In addition this book features a truly diverse cast in a casual/accepted way. While it's important to the story, the diversity never becomes the story. The premise sounds too lofty. It sounds highly un-writerly. A novel about writing a novel? With the full text of that self-same novel? Surely it can't work. Yet Westerfeld pulls it off beautifully. Although the story is highly self-aware (and often very meta), every detail works here. Darcy's new experiences feed into her revisions of Afterworlds. Her growth as a young woman and author mirrors Lizzie's growth. Both girls, in their respective arcs, accomplish great things. While not for everyone, Afterworlds is astonishingly successful on every level. Sure to have high appeal for all aspiring authors or sci-fi/fantasy fans. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton, Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA14*
WulfLuva More than 1 year ago
Teenage authors, terrorist attacks, and reimagined Indian religions? Sounds like the start of a bad joke. But in the case of Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds, the joke wasn’t actually too bad. Of course it wasn’t amazing either. We start off with Darcy, a recently graduated from high school, almost published author who wants to move to the Big Apple. Her experience is cute, and contemporary, and oh-so-sweet. THEN, we move on to Lizzie. Lizzie’s just survived a terrorist attack at an airport by channeling her inner dog—in other words, she played dead. And now, Lizzie can see dead people. Of course, her entire life is being manipulated by the previously mentioned almost published author. Aww snap! The dual point of view was unique and fun. It was weird, in a good way, to go from a realistic story of a teenage girl in NYC, to a teenage girl running around with ghosts on her heels. Sadly, Darcy’s story is much more believable, and that’s not just because Lizzie lives with ghosts and Indian spirits running amok. Instead it’s because Darcy has such real emotions. She’s curious and fretful and reminiscent of every teenager who is out on their own for the first time. Whereas the “afterworld” and its protagonist, and even antagonists, left a lot of character and relationship development to be desired. And I just want to say that I'm in love with the idea of Yamaraj's character, not so much how he was actually written. Plus, for a book that sold for $150,000 to a publishing house,—like Darcy’s book Afterworlds (Not the book I’m writing a review on, but the book Darcy actually wrote that’s narrated by Lizzie. I know, the similar titles are confusing aren’t they?)— it better be a danged good book. The pretend Afterworlds just wasn’t $150,000-level good. Incidentally, Scott Westerfeld did a marvelous job of showing how unglamorous the publishing industry can sometimes be. I also heard he based a lot of his characters off of his famous author friends. *cough* John Green *cough* The big book Afterworlds (a.k.a. not the one written by Darcy) is a fantastic learning experience when it comes to the writing world. However, I failed to see the oh-my-gosh-I-love-Westerfeld’s-writing appeal. It was good, not squeal-worthy. 3/5 stars *Note: I received a copy of this book to review from Book Review Board of Missouri. This in no way altered my opinion/review.
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hpfan28 More than 1 year ago
This book have officially become one of my new favorites! I loved how it was told in alternating chapters and that we get to learn how the publishers and editors really do influence the authors and their writing. For being a six hundred page book, it was a fast and enjoy able read. The main characters in both stories where very relate able and really brought the story together. I enjoyed taking a look into Darcy's (the author character) world and her story. This could also be considered a coming of age novel. When Darcy leaves her hometown and goes against her parents wishes to move to New York. Overall this was a great book, and I hope there will be a sequel.
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mollymortensen More than 1 year ago
Two books in one, one contemporary about a writer, one fantasy about a grim reaper I really liked Uglies, so when I heard the premise to his new novel I knew I had to read it. I’m not really much of a contemporary girl though, so I only really enjoyed Lizzie’s story. I was tempted (but I behaved myself) to skip over Darcy. This was a really hard book to review. It was good, but it could’ve been so much better and it was a bit on the long side at 600 pages. (Not that 600 pages is long, but it sure felt long.) Since this is essentially two books in one I think I’ll have to review them separately. Darcy’s Story (the writer) The Good: Talk about side characters with personality! I loved that the little sister was the mature one, just like me and my sister! (I’m of course the older immature one.) Darcy’s relationships all felt real, not only with her sister and her writer friends, but also her love. It wasn’t perfect, but it felt realistic as she learned for the first time what it’s like to be in a relationship. As an aspiring writer I also enjoyed seeing how Darcy went through the publishing process, though the plot was a bit slow for me. The Bad: I felt like I wanted to put my fingers in my ears so I wouldn’t hear spoilers for Lizzie’s story! Also hearing about the writing threw me out of Lizzie’s story at times, making me realize that I’m reading. (I hate that) For instance there’s this scene when everything’s really creepy and scary and suddenly the word bungalow is used and I remember where Darcy heard that word and it totally jarred me out of the story. Lizzie’s Story (The grim reaper or psychopomp) The Good: It was clever to do the book in the book in first person, that way it felt more real. Such a great first chapter! There was enough character for me to care, then it went right into the action. I also loved the way the author described the panic of the scene. I had high expectations after this chapter, unfortunately this is the best chapter of the book. Not only is the concept interesting, but the world of the Afterworld is awesome. I loved how they used the river to travel and it came out looking like ink. All of the little things were well done, from their powers, being invisible and walking through walls, to the bad guys, and even the way ghosts were held here by memories. I wish it was clear whether ghosts are people (like I think they are) or if they are just memories themselves. Darcy even talked about this so obviously the author knew about this problem. That’s one of the weird things about this book, in Darcy’s story we hear about all of the good and the bad in the writing of Lizzie’s story. The Bad: Though I like the idea of Lizzie’s love I didn’t feel it. It felt like love at first sight since they don’t know each other very well. Yamaraj is all mysterious, which is okay, but other than him being very handsome and nice, she doesn’t really get to know him. (If she does it’s off screen so to speak) There was one part towards the end that I really didn’t like, it was brutal and dark. I know this is a book about death, but I didn’t like the way it was handled. (Sorry for being so vague, I don’t want to spoil anything, but I felt like I should mention this.) Overall Darcy’s story has what Lizzie’s lacks, the characters and relationships, but it doesn’t have the cool plot, world, or powers that are found in Lizzie’s story. I think this could’ve been a great book if only the author had tried to write one book and not two. I recommend only reading Lizzie’s story or reading it first to avoid spoilers and the whole realizing you’re reading thing. Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, (Darcy) Fantasy (Lizzie) Point of View: Third (Darcy) First (Lizzie) Predictability: 3 out of 5 (Where 1 is George RR Martin (If the characters make a plan or think about the future I know it isn’t going to go that way.) And 5 is Cinder (where I guessed what was going to happen long before it did, but it was still a great book.) My Rating: 6/10 Stars Notes: Contains a lesbian couple, (girls kiss) and underage drinking
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was initially very intrigued by Westerfeld's book. There was so much hype around it and i have to admit I, in turn, started lusting after it. When I got an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada, I was over the moon. It is intimidating, at 600 pages, but I started it. I loved the concept of the main protagonist being a soon to be debut author publishing a novel that we also get to read. The first chapter opens with the main protagonist, Darcy, dissecting the query letter she wrote and sent that got her the two book deal. The second chapter though, that chapter is one of the best beginnings in a novel I've ever read. It is technically the first chapter in Darcy's novel. It hooked me. I was addicted and I wanted more. I had so much expectations for Darcy's novel but I have to admit, it went downhill from the first chapter. I am not a huge fan of paranormal novels, so it takes a lot for me to praise one. Unfortunately, Lizzie's story (Darcy's protagonist), did not impress. It was a very cliche paranormal novel and by halfway I was just not interested and only read to go back to Darcy's world (it is told in alternating chapters). Darcy, however, was very interesting. Being a blogger and more involved in the whole publishing process, it was so exciting seeing Darcy going through it. I am not an aspiring writer but I feel people who are would get sucked into Darcy's world even more than I did. I have to admit though that Darcy as a character frustrated me. Her sister, Nisha, calculated a budget for her to stay within based on the advance she received from the publishing company, however from the get go, as soon as Darcy moved to New York, she completely ignored the budget. I was wincing every time she overspent, bought a plane ticket, or forgot something important. Girl don't be so careless and irresponsible! I am more of a Nisha so that's why that really frustrated me. One thing I wished for is if Westerfeld made Darcy write a mystery thriller instead of a paranormal one. There is a bit of a mystery in the paranormal and I can honestly say that was the only thing that kept me going. A thriller would have suited that book SO WELL. I even mentioned it to the person I was buddy reading Afterworlds with and she completely agreed. It would have definitely alleviated the book in my eyes. Afterworlds wasn't bad, it had its good and bad moments. I feel the infusion of the publishing process will definitely capture the eyes of many readers. 
CB_Devils More than 1 year ago
I read this book this summer, around July 4th or so. It was really good. I read the book in around one to two days. In my copy of the book there was a few grammar mistakes buts that what you get with the advance readers copy. I think if you liked this book you would enjoy "Trail by Fire" by  Josephine Angelini. It also came out recently.