A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
NOTE: There are spoilers from book 1, Angelfall.
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 picks up Penyrn’s story right where Angelfall left her and us (heart broken and aching for more). I must admit going into this book I couldn’t fathom that Ee would be able to keep the pace, energy, horror and absolute perfection of her first novel. Never fear, Ee does it yet again here, taking the reader on an emotional journey that is as painful as it is beautiful.
I struggle with expressing how I feel about this series because it is by far one of the best series I’ve ever read. I find myself completely captivated and entranced with each twist and turn of the story and nearly breathless with how far past the obvious Ee pushes the story and characters.
Susan Ee has created some of my favorite literary characters of all time. Penyrn continues to be stubborn, bold and loyal yet we see more of her insecurities and struggles with the amount of pressure she has heaped on her small shoulders. Through out she is still the same Penyrn with amazing boldness and guts. I adore every aspect of her from the broken sad parts to the incredibly fierce.
Raffe. Raffe is hands down the best angel written and I don’t see that ever changing for me. He isn’t as present in this book as some might like but I wasn’t even disappointed because when he shows up it is beyond perfection in every way.
In World After, we see into Paige’s transformation and even get glimpses into how she became that way. The descriptions were as captivating as heartbreaking. Again their mother has a significant role in this book. She is expertly crafted and so crazy but with a touch of sanity that, to me, is more disturbing than her crazy antics.
This review is nearly impossible for me to articulate because of the vast love I have for this series and Ee’s writing (notice the repeat of certain adjectives- perfection being the most frequent). These are some of my very favorite books and I really have no words for the impact they have on me. The story is beyond engaging, the characters heartbreaking, bold and unique, nothing about this book is not amazing.
Angelfall is in the works to become a major motion picture. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Good Universe are set to produce the movie adaptation.
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