|Review| World After

World After – Penryn and the End of Days #2
Author: Susan Ee
Pages: 314
Publisher: Skyscape

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?

Someone please save me from this addiction called Susan Ee and from how I can’t seem to stop reading this series or let go of these books each time they arrive at my house!

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I knew this day wouldn’t take long, but anyway: I’ve read the second book in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, by Susan Ee – and the first one already has a review here. And can we start by talking about how I finished this book and have already bought the third one on Amazon out of pure despair of trying to finish this amazing trilogy. <3

I’m rarely a second book person because that’s where the authors usually lose a bit of the story and the will of the reader to keep going. However, Susan Ee has done a fantastic job in this sequence and the second book is just as good as the first one, bringing the reader exactly where he wanted to be and even a bit further.

In this book, we follow Penryn after she has found her sister, Paige, and her mother. Made fragile by the situation, now she need to be stronger than ever and solve all the problems that happen to Paige while she was stuck in the angel coven. All this without Raffe this time, since he was left behind trying to recover his wings and his status within the community.

 

It’s amazing how many times we need to go against our survival instincts to survive.

Although we only get to see Raffe in the final third of the book, I have to say I was surprised by not missing him that much. I think the author’s writing is so fluid and Penryn is such an interesting character that she can handle the story on her own. Not that I don’t want them to be together – by far! – but O felt that the author managed to reinsert our fallen angel at just about the right moment in the narrative without rushing anything.

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I was a bit afraid that he would take too long to appear and the book would turn into something boring, just as in New Moon (Twilight saga), but I admit it was not the case. All the action packed scenes of the book impedes the reader of worrying too much about Raffe, since Penryn goes through a lot and barely has time to think about anything other than what’s happening at the moment.

Besides, a factor I have to admit that I’m really into in this story is the humor. It is so subtle and well placed in a couple of lines and Penryn’s thoughts that I tend to laugh a lot in this book – something that rarely happens. In this book, for example, I found it amazing in Penryn’s relation to Raffe’s sword – which supposedly deserves a lot of respect and attention.

“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women-Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”

Once again the girls’ mom is an outstanding character in the narrative, in my opinion. I’m startled by how schizophrenic and completely out of reality she is and yet she still has the conscience and sanity to always be alert when the topic is looking after her daughters. Their mother’s love is one of the most beautiful parts to read. And her craziness with eggs, transmissions and murderers are the funniest parts.

I can’t finish this without mentioning my muse, Raffe. He keeps surprising me with his smartness and his dialogues with Penryn are what make me keep reading this whole series. I think they are an amazing couple and they don’t make the book cliche. At the same time that we have a nice real dose of romance, it is so well placed that it is not the focus of the narrative and it stands out by being so well constructed.

I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

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All this in books that have this GORGEOUS covers. I think these covers are so pretty and they still represent the books very well for those who already know the story. I hope the second book gets here in Brazil very soon so that everyone can read it and I can barely wait to start reading the third one. <3

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