REVIEW: World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 21st November 2013
Pages: 438

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?
Wow. Personally, I felt this book was even better than the first. The covers of this series are so simple, yet beautiful and angelic at the same time.

Following straight on from where Angelfall left off, Penryn has her sister back and is on her way to the Resistance camp. However, as she begins to fall into a routine, she cannot help but wonder what Paige has become. Though with the angel's secrets out and their desperation heightened after the attack, they have become even more brutal than before. As Penryn tries to look after her family and find Raffe, the remaining humans must try and work together to bring the angels and their new pets/species down; before the real apocalypse begins.

Penryn is a strong, witty, fearsome and kick-butt protagonist who will not take no for an answer. She looks out for those around her, but also tries to do what she can to save all her kind, and does not kill for the sake of it; she leaves her rage for those who have seriously done wrong. She is a fighter, and will do anything to get better. It was the scene where Penryn told Raffe the name of the sword. I literally laughed-out-loud.

""Do you realise that when she fights in battles, she's going to have to announce herself to the opposing sword? She'll be forced to say something ridiculous like, 'I am Pooky Bear, from an ancient line of archangel swords.' Or, 'Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.'"He shakes his head. "How is she going to get any respect?""
World After by Susan Ee, Ebook

In this one, we saw very little of Raffe, but he was still amazing. Though the romance in this novel was not like the first, and even in the first there was little, I was pleased as this did allow for more action and adventure, alongside plot development.

Which leads me on to the action and adventure. My goodness. It was amazing. The action was full-on and does not hold back, the description of attacks is captivating and you cannot help but read on. And can I just say, Ee does not hold back. This book was creepy, and I mean creepy. But in a good way. Ee's descriptive language really helps the reader to imagine the world alongside the events occurring which immerses' you into the astounding and dangerously sad world that has been created. It was heart-wrenching and powerful, one of the best action-packed sequels I have read in a while.

With an empowering protagonist, World After is an amazing sequel that will certainly have you craving End of Days.


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