Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

World After
Penryn & the End of Days #2
Author: Susan Ee
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal | Supernatural | Dystopian
Released: November 19th 2013
Review 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?

I finally got the chance to read World After since it published and was sitting on my shelf. When your a book reviewer the books you don't get from publishers/Authors tend to stay to the side waiting for that free moment when you can read it. I finally had a small opening in my reading schedule and took advantage to reading the second book in Susan Ee's series. I LOVED Angelfall and just couldn't wait to know what happened next in book 2, especially with such an jaw-dropping ending in Angelfall.

Well I wasn't expecting what I read. World After was not the power-house book that Angelfall was. While Angelfall I read in one sitting, World After took me several nights of reading. It dragged for a while, something I didn't suffer from in Angelfall. The story in World After didn't advance, I felt like we were stuck in the same idea/place for more time that it call for. The lack of Raffe in almost ⅔ of the book, really deflated me. Raffe is just as important in the story as Penryn is, so to be reading along and have him out of the equation didn't sit well with me. World After wasn't bad even though I have said all that. But it wasn't enough to get a 5 star rating. What redeemed the book was when Raffe and Penryn finally sync up again, that felt like a rainy day when the clouds just part open and this beautiful sun and rainbow shine through.

I won't give up on this series, I know that this was the second book in the series that is looking to have a total of 3-5 books in the series. So obviously the author couldn't put everything out on the table when there is so much more to write about in the series. I just ask that Raffe be present most of the time. That's not to much to ask for right? Raffe makes everything better even with his demon wings. Again I did enjoy the book because even with the hiccups I still felt pleased. Ee has a way of balancing the good, bad and the downright gross perfectly. The end definitely takes you back to what you feel in love with in Angelfall.

I will sit patiently again until the release of book 3 in the series. I have a feeling since Penryn and Raffe are back together saving the world, book 3 will explode like Angelfall did.

You can check my review of ANGELFALL (Penryn & the End of Days #1) HERE.

And if you have yet started on WORLD AFTER, you can read an excerpt of Susan Ee website.


  1. I agree with you. Angelfall was an absolute bomb of a book. I couldn't get myself to put the book down. Meanwhile, while I was reading The World After I didn't get those feeling. Mostly I was grossed out and terrified and needed some time to get myself together. The second book felt more of a horror story. Anyway, I did enjoyed it and I can't wait for the third.
    Great review.

    Kat @ Reading Owls


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