Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
Also in this series: Angelfall, End of Days
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Amazon Childrens Pub on November 19, 2013
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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?
It’s a new day in the World After.
What can I say about this series? It’s amazing. It’s ridiculously creepy. I love it to the moon and back. I’m dying to get my hands on the third one (WHICH COMES OUT TOMORROW. GET EXCITED). If you’re not reading this series, you are missing out.
World After picks up directly where Angelfall left off. Literally. It’s the exact same scene. World After is follows Penryn as she desperately tries to keep Paige and her mother safe, which is no small task, especially since humans are being hunted and Raffe thinks she’s dead. But Penryn continues to be an awesome heroine: resourceful, stubborn, unwilling to give up. But she’s also human, and I like that we get to see both sides of her.
Being responsible for Mom and Paige is nearly crushing me already. I take comfort in reminding myself that I am just a kid, not a hero. Heroes have a tendency to die in horrible ways. I’ll get through this, and then I’ll lead the quietest life anyone could possibly have in the World After.
My biggest complaint with this book was the lack of Raffe. He didn’t truly show up until around 70%, although when he did make an appearance, it was glorious. I could live on Raffe and Penryn’s dialogue, especially now that they are aware they have feelings for each other. They may not act outright on those feelings, but there’s definitely a solid connection between the two of them. Even though he wasn’t actually in the first part of the book, that doesn’t mean he didn’t show up occasionally.
It takes him a moment to realize she’s the Daughter of Man who risked herself to help him. She’s asking him something. Her voice is insistent but melodic. It’s a good sound to die to.
I really enjoyed getting to see some of Angelfall from Raffe’s perspective, since it’s so completely different from Penryn’s. Not to mention that it made me want to go read the first again.
Paige is the stuff of nightmares. Everything about her, from her current situation to how she got that way is just horrible and terrible and not for the squeamish or faint of heart. I loved the development between her and Penryn, and I loved how twisty her story was! Half the time, I couldn’t believe it, and I loved the resolution. Or at least, the halfway resolution, since I’m sure it’s only going to get even crazier in the third.
We must be quite the sight. Raffe in his red mask with his demon wings spread out in all their scythe-edged glory. A scrawny teenage Daughter of Man brandishing an archangel sword. And a little girl stitched-up to look and behave like a nightmare who is clutching a pair of angel wings.
This book is nonstop thrills and terror all the way through. It’s the King of the YA Angel Genre. And I wasn’t kidding when I said this was ridiculously creepy. It’s an extremely dark book. I almost can’t even classify it was YA. It’s in that sort of in between place with Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. It’s dark like that.