World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

world after 1From 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.


World After picks up exactly where Angelfall left off and it’s safe to say that this story might be a bit more graphic than the last book.  The creepy factor went up at least two notches and there were moments/behaviors that reminded me of the Walking Dead.  I don’t understand the fascination with that show or zombies in general but I was definitely loving it in this story.

“The only thing that matters in the end is your own survival. It’s what humans and cockroaches are best at.”

Susan Ee is an amazing storyteller and it has everything you can expect, it moves at an excellent pace, there are unforgettable passages throughout this book and you will be emotionally invested as much as the first time, if not more.

“I´m pretty sure I saw Zuckerberg digging the latrine ditch beside Raffe at the camp a few days ago. I guess a billion dollars doesn’t buy much respect in the World After.”

My only concern with this book was Raffe’s absence in the first 75% of the story.  He was such a crucial character in Angelfall that to leave him out so abruptly felt distracting.  I was distracted in the same manner that Penryn was because her thoughts always went back to him; she was constantly worried about him and his demon wings. *sigh* The anticipation gave me heartburn.

“For once, I hold onto her craziness for strength. Sometimes, I just have to let go and let my inner Mom out.”

What absolutely tore me up something awful was Penryn’s sister.  Those scenes were heartbreaking and Susan Ee’s writing captured every thought  and emotion perfectly.  The looks that were exchanged between both sisters were described in such a way that I felt they were right in front of me and I could cry over those moments.

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

World After is action packed and filled with nothing but pure intensity and while it’s light on the relationship between Penryn and Raffe in comparison to the first book, it doesn’t make it any less great! Rest assured there’s no cliffhanger but the story is left wide and again, the ending is conclusive enough not to give you a mental breakdown. ;)



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