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BOOK REVIEW: World After (Angelfall #2) by Susan Ee

 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?

Source: Won a Giveaway (Thanks Rochelle!)
314 Pages

My Rating

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Spoilers – if you have not read Angelfall. I also recommend you don’t the whole review if you haven’t also read World After. Probably stop after the first two paragraphs……

I’m so glad that I finally got to this book and I am definitely not disappointed! It was awesome with action, horrifying creatures and a kick-ass heroine. The writing is amazing and for every word and sentence Susan Ee writes, she builds up the suspense and action and yet, she never lets us down with it. LOVED IT!

This book picks up just after the ending of Angelfall which was good so that I could get right into the action without having to wrap my mind around any missed events. Penryn is still kind of paralysed and when she sat up, I just laughed! It was like something out of a zombie movie. One minute she’s dead and the next, she isn’t. But as always, Penryn takes it well because she is probably my favourite heroine ever. If you thought she was awesome in Angelfall, she’s even more bad-ass in World After. I love how her mind works in troubled situations and how she carries it out. She can keep her head straight even in an apocalyptic world where everyone has gone insane, including her mum. She can fight, hold her head straight, evaluate situations and think quick on her feel. I love her sarcastic, witty voice especially with Raffe’s sword. Even if it is an inanimate object, it still plays a huge part in the book. It’s true that we didn’t get to see much of Raffe in this book but we still manage to discover more about him. The sword shows us snippets of him during battles not only to let Penyrn know him more but also teach her swordplay which came in very good use, indeed.

I recommend you stop now, if you haven’t read World After

Those locusts, scorpion men were creepy. We first meet them at the end of Angelfall, they’re what stung Penryn but it’s especially in this book that we really get to delve into what they are. So, according to Penryn’s description, they’re kind of a cross of men, scorpions and birds…….
In my mind, they’re like that monster in The Mummy 2, you know the one Dwayne Johnson acts as. Here’s a visual:

Like that. You can imagine the horror. Anyway, they’re frightening and horrifying and they can fly. I was shocked as well. But then we find out at the end that somehow they obey Paige. *Plot twist* Somehow they’re connected to what the Doctor did to her.
Paige, I felt so sorry for her. She was like the little girl version of Frankenstein’s monster. She was a child but she was different now, eating flesh. Creepy but she was still such a sweet little girl. The scene where she’s practically eating Beliel was a surprise. I wasn’t sure if I should’ve been cheering or horrifed.

Can I talk more about Penryn, now? How many sentences can I say about how much I love Penryn? She doesn’t need protecting and she can totally throttle more than one full grown man (and angel) by herself. At the end we have her, kick a guy with a high heel, slash an angel with a kitchen knife and defeat an angel by herself. Her fighting Burnt sword to sword was epic. I could imagine it vividly in my mind. When his sword smashes, I imagined it in slow mo with all the shard flying everywhere and her sword going slash into his chest!

OOO, lets talk about my favourite dialogue. When Raffe and her reunite, I was like YES! YES! YES! Not because she needed him, they’re both very capable people but because I missed their hilarious banter.

“You’re cute when you’re afraid.”
I give him a dirty look. “Yeah, you’re cute when you’re afraid too.”
He actually bursts out laughing.”You mean I’m ‘devastatingly handsome’ when I’m not afraid. Because you’ve never seen me afraid.”
“I said you were cute, not ‘devastatingly handsome”.

I love that even though they’re both almost at the end of the world with blood-thirsty angels and frightened-to-their-bones humans, they still manage to keep their conversations light-hearted and make me laugh. My favourite was the pooky bear scene where he’s asking what name she gave the sword. THE FUNNIEST THING EVER.

“Have you named her yet? he asks. “She likes powerful names so maybe you could appease her by giving her a good one.”
I bite my lip as I remember telling Dee-Dum what I named my sword. “Um, I could rename her anything she likes,” I give him a cheesy smile.
He looks like he’s bracing himself for the worst.”She gets named once by each carrier. If you’ve named her, she’s stuck with it as long as she’s with you.
Damn.
He glares at me as if if already hates it. “What is it?”
I consider lying but what’s the point? I clear my throat. “Pooky Bear.”

I swear, I spent ages just laughing and laughing. I thought it was particularly clever how Susan Ee kind of built up this joke from the beginning with Penryn naming the sword at the beginning as a joke and then finally end the joke into something immensely hilarious. IT WAS THE BEST.

We end the book with Penryn, Raffe and Paige flying off into the distance. Beliel and Burnt are finally dead but we still had to deal Uriel and his little campaign to be the Messenger. I’m am so looking forward to the final book, End of Days. I know that Susan Ee will continue this awesomeness.

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5 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: World After (Angelfall #2) by Susan Ee

  1. YEEESSS I just LOVED World After so much, and I’m glad you really loved it as well! Everything was so much more awesome, like Pooky Bear and the horror factor and most of all, Penryn was freaking awesome! I felt really sorry for Paige though. Great review lovely!

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