Early Review: World After by Susan Ee

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SYNOPSIS:

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?

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REVIEW

date read: Nov 11th, 2013

Angelfall has been one of my very favorite books in 2012 – the beautiful writing, the awesome characters and the engaging action made me ‘breathe in’ every word in the story and I couldn‘t put it down (not even for one second) until I reached the last page.

The ending was dark and –now that I think about it- it fits perfectly the feeling from “World After”. There were many questions raised in those few last pages and most of the answers will be found between the pages of this very awesome book.
Reading “World After” felt like being served dessert after a week of not eating at all – I could taste every word on my lips, and no matter how many pages I would read, they were never quite enough to stop my hunger.

world_after___the_chase_by_falsehopeIf I had to describe it in a few words I’d say that it is dark and beautiful.
- I loved the creepy feeling these angels can give you; the horrific situations the characters went through; the way they tried to cope with everything that happened in the previous book – all the lose, the pain, the uncertainty.
- The writing is just as beautiful as before, as alluring and it makes you turn page after page like there’s no tomorrow.

There was this great mix between explaining things from the first book (making you see them in a different light, from a different perspective) and still making the story move along flawlessly. The presence of Raffe was brought to us in various different forms and I will be honest here – I was like a kid on Christmas Eve every time I got to read something about him. Still, this story is more about Penryn and the growth she goes through as a character, because her strength will be tested more then once and she will need to make decisions that might change everything.

Talking about Penryn, I love her not only for her strength but also for her determination. Because sometimes she is weak, sometimes she doesn’t know what to do, whom to save (first), but she never forgets who she really is, and she fights for the things she believes in.
There is also a very soft side of her, when she’s around Raffe – then she shows that underneath her tough mask there is a little girl that needs to be loved too.

Raffe is a complex character and I can’t wait to see how his relationship with Penryn will develop in the next book. When he was not around, I missed their funny banter and when they were together it was cute to see them play it cool. Their feelings are obvious and it’s nice because they started as enemies, somehow they’ve become friends back in Angelfall and now they can easily risk everything for each other’s safety.

Raffe---Angelfall-by-MrsKandaMy favorite character in this story was probably the sword.
No, don’t laugh, she was really cute in an unanimated kind of way, and she brought to us a few important information regarding Raffe and sword fighting… Though I didn’t forget about the kiss, I won’t fall for your silent treatment, Pooky Brear, consider yourself warned!

My heart broke for the little sister. Paige is such a sweet girl but she’s been through so much, the poor baby. For a while I had no idea what imprints all those horrors would have left on her, and it hurt to understand her inner struggling.
She and Raffe have a lot in common because when you look at them you only see the monsters, but underneath all that there’s a whole universe of emotions and perceptions and they both need love in a different way.

The mother is just as crazy and insufferable as usually.. I still wonder about her and her craziness. There must be something from her past that will blow our minds; I’m just waiting for it to be revealed.

Now, there were only 2 things that I wasn’t quite sure I liked:
1. The fact that Penryn had it easy in some ways – she conveniently found people that had the urge to help her even by breaking some rules that might cost them their lives, she conveniently found information about her sister and she most conveniently got to be in the right places at the right moments. But these are tiny details compared to the awesomeness of this story.
2. I really missed Raffe. This is silly, it has nothing to do with the story or the rating, but I just wanted more time with him and I can’t wait for the 3rd book now :D

All in one, I loved this story. All the action, the turnarounds, the near-death experiences left me breathless and I am sure that many people will enjoy this story just as much.

I have no idea where the story is headed, as it ended right where I wanted the “Angelfall” to end, but there were some things that happened near the ending and I can’t wait to see their influence in the next book. You see, I knew what I wanted from “World After” and I got most of them, but right now I am not sure about what Susan might come up with.. It’s a bit of mystery to me and I love that in a series :)

Book source: ARC received for review. Thank you!

PRE-REVIEW QUESTIONS:

“So was there a good dose of Raffe in this book? And did him and Penryn’s relationship develop at all?”

Those are both tricky questions, as I must avoid spoilers.
After the first book where Raffe was present around 90% of the time, in this one would feel a bit less. But there are other ways for him to be present too.

As for the relationship, I could understand better Raffe’s point of view. He was the one imprisoning his soldiers, friends, and comrades because of their relationship with the Daughters of Men, so how can he do the same mistake, what would that make of him? Still, how can he not?

PRE-REVIEW NOTES:

Since I can’t post my review until closer to the release date, here are some things that I loved:

- Penryn (go girl!) – she is such a strong character and she adapts so quickly to every given situation, trying to make the best of it
- Paige (poor baby) – I wanted to hold her in my arms and take her pain away.
- Raffe (need more!) – the banter between him and Penryn is just never enough, it never gets old.
- Pooky Bear – best inanimate character ever! (you still owe me a kiss, btw)

Yep, you are right.. Not much has changed in terms of my love for this story since Angelfall.
I’d say more about it, but then I’d just have to kill you ;)

PS: I wish I stayed away from the excerpt, do yourself a favor and don’t read it. You’ll just wait for it to happen and it will spoil the surprise.

Happy midnight reading!

But, don't let me do all the talking. I want to know what you think of this as well.

  • Olivia

    I really can’t wait for this book. You know for how long I’ve been waiting for it?! Foooor… EVER! I am so glad that you liked it :D Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      You won’t have to wait for too long. It’s almost here and I hope you will love it just as much! ;)

  • Lora

    I know that hugging scene from the excerpt! oh man, I can’t wait to read this book too. I am so excited! Raaaaaaffe!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Yes, that one is. I think there are many Angelfall fans out there because I’ve found lots of images and some are simply beautiful :)

  • Amelia

    Angelfall’s been my favorite book in 2012. I can’t wait for this one now! Great review!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Thanks hun, can’t wait to hear what you think of it too :D

  • http://tangledinpages.blogspot.com/ Rashika

    …. there isn’t enough raffe? .-. but but but… Raffe. I wants more Raffe.
    (I loved the sword too but I really hope that the sword stops giving Raffe ‘the silent treatment’.)

    Great Review Ari! :)

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Hmm, the sword’s relationship with Raffe is just as complicated as his with Penryn ;)) And the sword was giving some other sort of ‘silent treatment’ to Penryn this time – and I really want its side of the story or, oh well, Raffe’s … you will know what I mean when you get to that ;))
      I love this story so much!

  • Claire

    One of my favorite angel stories. I didn’t get to read this book yet but now I am dying to!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      You will love it, I’m sure of it! ;)

  • Lis @ The reader lines

    I can’t wait to read this one! (I was trying to comment before, but my internet connection is too slow for your site) :(
    Wow! This book sounds as amazing as Angelfall. I want to read more about Raffe -again.
    I hope I have the chance to read this soon!
    Happy reading!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      Oh, I am sorry to hear that. I will check and see how can I make it work better on slower internet connections. thanks for letting me know and sorry for the inconveniences.

      This book is just as great, I simply love this series – the characters, the plot, the world building, everything is so awesome. And Raffe, he should be on the top of my list on his own ;))
      Hope that you’ll get the chance to read this soon. I am still waiting for my physical copy to get to me, can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      I didn’t have time (yet) to optimise the blog, but I found this article here and thought that it might help:
      http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/intro/speed/#turbo
      The Opera browser (with Opera Turbo option enabled) should work better on slow internet connections, so you should give it at least a try to see if it’s true ;) Hope it helps!

  • Gabriel Hawthorne

    Honestly, I just love Raffe. I’m not sure why but he reminds me of Seth from Half-Blood.

    • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

      I didn’t read Half-Blood, but I will keep it in mind for when I do so (and if someone is similar to Raffe in that story, well I should probably get my hands on it and fast, LOL)

      • Gabriel Hawthorne

        Honestly, the Covenant series is my favorite series! You should read it! :)

        • http://www.readingaftermidnight.com/ Ari

          I’ve just added it on my ‘recommended’ shelf and I’ll try to get to it soon. Thanks!