I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.World After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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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?
World After is the sequel to Angelfall. Penryn wakes up and reunites with her family with the resistance. But the people in the resistance don’t fully accept Paige and things turn ugly. Paige runs off and Penryn must search for her sister while continuing to deal with angel politics, flying scorpions, and Raffe.
The story here picks right up where Angelfall left off. The pacing is great and Penryn continues to develop into a great character. There are a few moments where she and her sword are on show and it is quite well done. She doesn’t really spend much time with Paige or Raffe until near the end of the novel, and then it really reminds me of the first book, especially the relationship between Penryn and Raffe. Uriel and Belial continue to develop deeper as characters. There are a few great twists and turns here, and the quality of writing is really well done. The situations and decisions humans have to make to survive are quite interesting.
Now for a few minor detractions. The angels continue to baffle me. There is a little bit of an explanation here on what a few are doing, and why they are doing it. But we still don’t know why they came to Earth in the first place, why most of them don’t seem to have a clue what is going on, and how/if God relates to this series. There also isn’t a clear distinction between the demons and angels. They all seem to act alike and have similar goals. They don’t even seem to fight each other. The only difference appears to be that demons have dark wings and can’t carry swords. And there continues to be some dark elements that really make me cringe. The things the angels do to humans in the novel are pretty bad.
I really enjoyed this novel just as much as the first one. If you liked Angelfall you’ll like this. It is a worthy successor and a great read.