World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
4 creepy stars
“It’s amazing how many times we need to go against our survival instincts to survive.”
This book. Oh my god this book. I spent a part of it freaked out, another part grossed out and a third part of it I was heartwarmed. How does Susan Ee do this? Is she a brilliant author mastermind?
I remember when this book was released I got it in the mail from amazon and I ripped open the package and started reading right away, because I had to know Raffe’s reaction when he saw Penryn again. But Raffe wasn’t in the beginning. Then I started skimming and he wasn’t in the middle. I kept flipping the pages and went to the ending and there he was! The last 20% or so of the book he appears. In a fit of rage I put the book down and didn’t pick it up again until now. And I’m glad I waited, because it gave me time to appreciate what was happening at the beginning of the book in a way I know I wouldn’t have appreciated (basically I would have skimmed).
World After picks up directly after the ending of Angelfall. Penryn and her family are with the resistance and things are not going very well. Paige looks like a disturbing demon frankenstein baby and is having trouble keeping down food. Penryn’s mother is as cray-cray as ever, and it’s up to Penryn to keep them all alive (as per usual).
“I’m fine, Mom. Thanks for asking.”
“Of course you’re fine. You’re the devil’s bride and these are his creatures.”
“I’m not the devil’s bride.”
“He carried you out of the fire and is letting you visit us from the dead. Who else would have those privileges except his bride?”
Soon catastrophe strikes and Paige is separated from her family again. Penryn, her mother and a woman named Clara all leave the resistance together to go find her, and find up becoming trapped on the island of Alcatraz.
This book was captivating, even if at times the descriptions made me feel sick. The new world that was created after the angel strike is such a harsh and sinister one, survival of the fittest and every man for himself. I was particularly creeped out by the scorpion creatures, how they were made and what they ate. Yuck.
I was surprised by how much of the book I enjoyed without Raffe, Penryn on her own just showed the reader how strong and determined she is, how she’ll do anything to save her younger sister even if she is a little bit frightened of her. It was also a compelling glimpse at what humanity looks like when put in extreme conditions together.
Overall a great middle book for a trilogy, but it was a little too dark and twisted for me to give it a full five stars. But that’s just personal preference.
“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women-Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”