Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Posted December 11, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: World After by Susan EeWorld After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Published by Skyscape on November 19th, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Angels & Demons
Pages: 314
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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?

4.5 Stars

Ever since I finished Angelfall right at the end of 2012, World After had been on my “OH MY GOD I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW” list. Imagine my surprise when I found it almost a month before its official release date in a bookstore in Amsterdam. I may have jumped and squealed in the store. The bookseller may have been a little freaked out by me. (Pfft, whatever, I regret nothing.)

World After picks up right after Angelfall, and it took no time to completely suck me into the story again. This would primarily stem from my love for Penryn. She is such a kick-ass, awesome main character, and I loved reading from her perspective again. I mean, this is true strength. I just love her. And the plot is just insane. It’s so dark, it’s so mysterious… I love the world Susan Ee created – it’s absolutely haunting.

Let it be said up front that World After is not for the faint of heart. It is DARK. It is downright CREEPY. I honestly had moments where I just shuddered and had to put the book down for a bit to get my heart rate to calm down. If you thought the ending of Angelfall was creepy, extrapolate that upward sloping line and… nope, World After is even creepier than that. Picture blood and gore everywhere, intestines being flung around, dark spooky creatures attacking, cannibalism… I didn’t expect this. I would classify this as a horror-esque book, which is not typically my thing.

However, I guess since I already felt so invested in the story, I could handle it. I handled it really well, actually. No nightmares! It’s made me think that maybe I am less susceptible to scary stuff in books (as opposed to movies) because I’m not too much of a visual reader. So, yeah, Christina, I think I can probably handle Feed. But above all, I loved how this creepiness made the story so unique. You honestly have no idea where Susan is going with it, but all you know is that you’re enjoying the ride and can’t wait till it ends. And Susan also easily inserts humor to get you giggling in between the darkness. Serious talent, that.

I must admit that what kind of let me down a tiny bit was that Raffe didn’t appear in this book nearly as much as I would have liked. He shows up almost at the very end, but when he does… oh boy. That’s what reaffirmed my love for this series for 100%. The banter, the chemistry between those two characters. It is an absolutely perfect relationship. Like I can’t even. I just can’t. Too many feelings. Give. Me. More.

But aside from the awesome characters, haunting world, need to find out more more more, I love the way that Susan Ee establishes her secondary characters. I’m still so affected by Penryn’s mom and sister – and the new sort-of-sidekick Clara definitely got to me. Each character just manages to play off your emotions and… god, I just love this book.

Summing Up:

You need to read this series. You need to. You must. It is an unforgettable and extremely unique thrill ride. I simply adore these characters to pieces and am so invested in their lives. I know this just came out but… can I have the third book? Now? Please? Seriously. This is one of my favorite series. You need to jump on this bandwagon.

GIF it to me straight!

Clara, I dub thee the Penryn in my head.

Recommended To:

People looking for something unique and dark, but with tons of depth and great characters.

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10 responses to “Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

  1. I agree 100% with you! The book was just amazing, full of creepiness and scary stuff and Penryn’s mum keep on messing with me! Sometimes I think “she just has to know something really, this is not just her being insane!” and then she goes back to her regular insane thing…
    All the memory flashes from “Pooky Bear” (wasn’t that hilarious!?) were fantastic and a great wait to make up for the lack of Raffe for most of the book.

  2. I agree…absolutely loved this book. It was dark and creepy (what was happening to the humans…just horrible and yuck) yet there was humor and snark thrown in. And yes, needed more Raffe! I’m still wondering what’s going to happen there given his background. Talk about forbidden love! And Pooky Bear…may just be my favorite “character.” Glad you loved it!

  3. I need to skim through your review. I still have to read Angelfall any time this December. I am so glad that you’re happy with this one, Debby. I came across other reviews that gave this a not-so-good rating.

  4. Aaah, I need this right now too! But whoa, it does sounds scary .__. But since I’m just too in love with Angelfall, I’ll try not to get a nightmare πŸ˜€
    Love that you mentioned that this book is unpredictable, yet very enjoyable! And no Raffe until the last part? I think I just die a little inside .__.

    Nice review, though, Debby! You just make me want to read this even more!

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

  5. Meg


    Right, okay. Focus, Meg. Focus. World After was fantastic, so creepy, so tense, so full to the bursting with Penryn being fabulous. I’m so glad you loved it. Agree, the lack of Raffe was disheartening. But then. Thenthenthenthen. *sighs*

    • Oh god, figures that would freak you out. TO BE CLEAR, it’ll still be a while before I get to Feed because it’s so massive x_x but I dunno. We’ll see.

  6. I agree that the absence of Raffe was very difficult. I will say that I felt like it was dessert after an awesome meal. I just love the awkward, uncertain element of the romance. It was well worth the wait for this one!

  7. Loved your review! I discovered the series two weeks ago so didn’t have to wait between books, which has ruined me for the next one. πŸ™‚ The creepiness factor is definitely what hooked me. I did not expect it, and it just gave the series a step up.

    As for the Raffe/Penryn dynamic, I totally agree They might be my favorite coupling. Its just so balanced – he saves her, she saves him. Perfect combination of badassery. The lack of Raffe throughout most of the book was brutal, but it the flashbacks via Pooky Bear were interesting. I finished wanting to know about her more!

  8. I’ll be skipping straight to chapters 61, 62, and 63 when I get my hands on this! πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoyed this, I’m incredibly excited for it and cannot wait for more of Penryn’s bad-assery. Lovely review, my friend!(:

  9. This was my most recent read. It was more gory than Angelfall; I noticed that, too. I have to agree that it was disappointing that Penryn and Raffe were separated for most of the book. That was one of my biggest complaints. I kept waiting and waiting, wondering if Raffe was ever going to show up. I like the back-and-forth between them. And now we all have to wait and wait and wait for the third book!