World After is book two in the Penryn & The End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee. Angelfall is one of my favourite books and I’m very glad its not a standalone! Penryn’s adventure continues right where it ended in Angelfall. Want to know if the sequel is just as good as book one? Read all about it in my spoiler free review!
“Everyone thinks I’m dead. I lie with my head on my mother’s lap in the open bed of large truck. The dawn light etches the grief lines on my mom’s face while the rumble of engines vibrates through my limp body. We’re part of a Resistance caravan. Half a dozen military trucks, vans and SUVs weave through dead cars away from San Fransisco. On the horizon behind us, the angel’s aerie still smouldering in flames after the resistance strike.”
Everyone thinks Penryn is dead, but she isn’t. Even though she just got her sister back, Paige is gone. Penryn goes to look for her and ends up being captured and locked up. Finally, she finds herself in the middle of the new Earie, where she finds – and teams up with – an old ally.
Penryn Young continues to be a badass. Not that that’s the most important thing in this book, though. In Angelfall, we got a little taste of the “World After”, but this time around we actually get quite a lot of world building. We see a bit more of the Angels, the new Earie and what San Fransisco looks like now it’s invaded by Angels.
The plot amazes me yet again. World After is paced perfectly and there’s never a dull moment. It’s super easy to read and the chapters are short. I’ve realised I sometimes have trouble reading long chapters, so I was really happy about that.
From the first few chapters, you know where the story is going – kind of. Not in a predictable way, more as in that it’s clear where the story is about to go. There are a few plot twists which are totally unexpected but worked out perfectly. Sometimes plot twists bring confusing details, but that was not the case.
The second half of the book was definitely better than the first. Not that the first half was bad or boring, but I can imagine that if you read World After right after Angelfall, it’s quite dull. We’re missing a certain character that just added that little bit of fun to the book. When said character returns, all is good in the world! (Or as good as it can be, I mean, we’re talking about the World After here…)
Even though I’ve already discussed Penryn’s character in my Angelfall review, I just have to say I still love her to bits. She’s realistic, doesn’t want to be a hero, but yet she still is one anyway. And she’s only seventeen! I love how she’s written. She’s not like “Oh, easy peasy, I can do this!” But more like “This is a bad situation, but if I do this or that in an unexpected way, I’ll get out of this alive.” It’s not even about winning, it’s about surviving. And Penryn is just really smart.
People, angels, villains, heroes, monsters, etc. show just how dark this world actually is. Angelfall prepared me for a fair bit, but I never imagined how far it would go. I love how the darkness was incorporated in the story. It wasn’t overdone or not enough. It was perfect. I didn’t even realise how screwed up it was until I thought about it to write this review.
Angelfall didn’t have much of a romance and World After doesn’t either. Which is a good thing! I love Penryn and Raffe, and God, they’re kinda like my OTP, but I was glad Penryn wasn’t all “Oh my god I’m so in love with him I don’t know how to live or breath or think anymore.” Like I said, she’s a smart girl, hehe.
My review of World After can be found on Goodreads.
I’d give it a 6 out of 5 if I could! I honestly have nothing bad to say about World After. I don’t see this as one of my favourite books, it but it was a fantastic read! This sequel was equally as good as its predecessor!
About World After
World After is book two in the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy written and (self-)published by Susan Ee. It was first an eBook published on Amazon. It was later printed and published by Amazon Skyscape and Hoddler.
You can find World After and the other books in the trilogy on Book Depository.