Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

Release Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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?

I loved this, I really did...just not as much as the first book.
I think the reason has to do with the lack of Raffe for the majority of the time. He's off doing stuff, and Penryn is on her own trying to save the day.
Which is cool. Really!
I think the story was more entertaining when they were all bickery with each other.

For those of you who don't like to know anything before you read a book, there are mild spoilers in this review. Be warned!

Ok, so what happens in this book?
Crazy-Mom gets crazier, because the nutty gleam in her eyes and rotten egg fetish weren't bad enough. She's like an insane ninja sneaking around and taking out perceived threats.
Insane is the key word to remember here.

The What-Happened-To-Paige mystery is delved into a lot deeper, and we find out that she may be suffering from Stockholm syndrome. *cough* Among other things.
Penryn has a hard time looking her little sister in the eyeballs, which causes some trust issues. Especially when villagers with the torches and pitchforks decide she ate a dude.
Did she?
Well, it's possible...

Remember the Scorpion things that the angels were cooking up in those incubating vats?
Guess what? Soylent Green is people!

Also, it looks like there's a HUGE Apocalypse conspiracy going on that most of the angels are unaware of, and Penryn has stepped right in the middle of it. I'm so crazy excited to see where exactly Susan Ee is going with this one! I have theories. Many theories.
One of them is bound to be right, I just know it...

There  were plenty of other fun tidbits sprinkled throughout the book that made up (somewhat) for the lack of Raffe.
Such as:
Pookie Bear! The most accessorized sword to be wielded by a archangel teenage girl...
And what kind of accessories does an ass-kickin' sword need, you ask?

And, of course, we finally get an answer to the age old question: Can angels swim?
Although, in the ocean, does it really matter?


Laura Thomas said...

LOL Now that was too fun. Had to snort over those gifs. Carrie's mom sure is creepy and nice touch with Jaws. I need to check out this series!

Anne Hannah said...

Thanks, Laura! If you enjoy YA, then I think you'll have fun with this one. The reviews are all pretty good across the board for this series.

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