Review of World After by Susan Ee

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
By: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Barnes and Noble

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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?

The Story:
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.

The 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.

Final Thoughts:
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.

Visit Susan Ee’s website for all the latest news and updates about this series.


  1. says

    I just can’t wait! I know I will be losing sleep next Monday night when my preorder downloads at midnight, and it’s gonna be one of the very few books I’m gonna read this month that is not related to my NetGalley November challenge, but I just can’t wait!
    Great review, Kristen, you’ve made me even more excited about the book now! And they’re making a movie? Goodness! Now to think who’d be the perfect Penryn and Raffe!

    • says

      I am absolutely terrified of the movie to be honest. This series is so special to me if they mess it up I will be devastated. I can not imagine anyone as Raffe or Penryn. It’ll take a lot to convince me! I want a movie if it’s done just perfect. I hope (and pray) Susan has a ton of power in the movie process.

  2. says

    I totally agree! I thought at first that I’d miss Raffe too much to still be able to enjoy the story, but that just wasn’t the case at all. Like you said, the scenes that he did appear in were beyond perfection. I think I enjoyed Angelfall just a tiny bit more, but I’m so impressed with this series so far. I can’t wait to get the next book. Lovely review, Kristen!

    • says

      I feared how much I’d miss Raffe but it’s Susan Ee. I should not have doubted her plans for the story. Perfection is really the best adjective. If I HAD to pick a fave Angelfall would be it because I’ll never capture the complete awe I felt when reading it for the very first time. The first (and last time probably) when I read a $.99 and it be one of the best books ever. Ok, I’ll stop gushing now. I just love this series so much <3

  3. says

    Ahhhh, Raffe’s not around that much?? That makes me sad on the one hand – but on the other hand, after Angelfall, I totally trust Susan Ee’s storytelling decisions, so there’s no way I’m gonna make a snap judgement that I’ll be disappointed just because Raffe’s not around. I’m SOOOOO excited for World After!!

    And I totally get the “I can’t articulate because perfection” thing. I reread Angelfall thinking I would actually be able to write a real review of it this time, but if anything, it made it harder for me to form coherent thoughts. I’ll definitely review World After, but I’m probably (hopefully!) going to fall into the same place as you, just repeating “perfection” over and over, lol.

    • says

      It made me sad that Raffe wasn’t in it 100% of the time but as you said Susan Ee is amazing and should always be trusted with her decisions. I know you’ll love it too.

      Thank you! It’s so hard to write a review for a favorite because there are only so many ways to express the love we feel. plus, when the story telling is done so masterful you just want other people to READ IT not read my review or summary.

      I reread Angelfall too and was blown away all over again. *sigh*

  4. says

    Aw, yay! I’m so glad that you loved this book 😀 It’s amazing when a sequel is as good as you wished it to be. <3 I still need to read book one (A) hopefully soon. Loved your review. <3

  5. says

    I really, really, REALLY need to start this series, don’t I?? I’ve got an ARC of Angelfall on my shelf and I haven’t even read it yet! I OBVIOUSLY FAIL. Because this series sounds absolutely brilliant.


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