Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review: World After

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
Published By: Skyscape
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Page Count: 442
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

The World After is a pretty horrific place full of evil angels, genetic experiments and freaky creatures; the really scary thing is how quickly the world became hell on Earth. Penryn is outnumbered on all sides this time around; she may have found the Resistance but since she also fell for an angel while she was looking, they don't exactly welcome her with arms open. Never mind the fact that this angel has devil wings and delivered her to them while she was seemingly dead, for her to awaken to screams from her own mother that she was a devil spawn. And her sister is the sole survivor of inconceivably evil experiments which make Chucky the homicidal doll look like a fluffy bunny. 

Penryn struggles to accept this new Paige; she doesn't really talk enough to convince anyone of her motivation, and it seems increasingly likely that the only food she can hold down is pretty gruesome. Still, Penry looks out for her baby sister, right up until a mob attacks them all and Paige runs away, forcing Penryn to follow and go back into the breach that is San Francisco, angel central. 
I found every step of this instalment both devilish and gripping. The monsters that Penryn must face are nightmarish, and her own personal demons sometimes risk engulfing her. I am sure she is due a real howling breakdown when this is all over. For quite a while I couldn't see any hope for humanity at all in World After - it is just so bleak - but, in true storytelling fashion, a ray of light was introduced at the end. I don't think anyone would have seen it coming, and it will make the next book into a real Battle Royal. The pace was great, the imagination was present in spades, and I thought the developments at Alcatraz were the best bit... Horrifying and brilliantly absorbing. That is the World After, and I am so glad that it lived up to the level of Angelfall. 


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?

8 comments:

  1. I've heard so many good things about Angelfall. It's a shame that I haven't read it yet. But I do plan on reading it after the sequel comes out. Anyways, great review! I can't wait to read this.

    Holly @ Absorbing the Content

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  2. Nice! I enjoyed this one myself although still love the first one just a bit better! Cannot wait for the third one myself!

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  3. Yep yep! Must pick up this series!

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  4. i couldn't put it down!

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  5. Thank GOD the second book is so wonderful! Sounds like a wonderful way of making angel lore scary:)

    Lovely review:)

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  6. This series is pretty wicked... it sucks you in and creeps you out!!

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  7. Evil angels.... that alone appeals to my senses.
    Fab review!

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  8. I'm super excited for World After. By the looks of it, it looks even more darker and I'm really eager to see more of Raffe and how Penryn deals with her sister. Loved the review.

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