Title: World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
Author: Susan Ee
Published: November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
My Rating: 4/5
“It is painful to see that people prefer a bad guy who looks like an angel to a good guy who looks like a demon.”
“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’m going to start by saying that I feel like someone really half-assed that book description. It just doesn’t sound like whomever wrote it spent much time on it, which is sad because this series deserves more attention.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the second book in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. Susan Ee is doing an amazing job of building Penryn’s character and I have really enjoyed where she has gone.
With Penryn already being a strong female who could defend herself before the end of the world began, Ee really had to work on Penryn’s character development in whole new way. We learned in Angelfall how loyal she is to her family, but watching what she sees as loyalty change and grow to encompass a larger group of people is amazing. Not to mention that in the midst of everything Penryn never loses her snarky-teenage-girl personality.
We don’t get too much of Raffe in this second book until near the end. When we last see him at the end of Angelfall, he is leaving Penryn’s supposedly dead body with her mother before flying off with his new demon wings. Since he believes that she is dead, we get a lot of alone time with Penryn, which was surprisingly satisfying. Granted, we aren’t completely deprived of Raffe due to his sword having some pretty amazing abilities that she shares with Penryn.
Once again, Ee does little to shield the readers from the gruesome and grotesque, which I love. She doesn’t hide the sheer brutality of not only the angels, but of mankind.
The issues I have with this book are basically the same that I had with book one. Sometimes the book is just overly cheesy and it’s almost hard to bear. But with there being less of the Dee-Dum twins, it helped a lot in that aspect.
Also, as I said before, the relationship with Penryn’s mother is something I am perturbed with. I get it, she’s messed up, but I would leave her ass behind. She’s very hostile, at one point violent, and she is putting way too much pressure on Penryn to be the head of their small little family.
I’m hoping for resolution and redemption for this relationship in the last book, but I don’t know if we will get that. Yeah, her mom is a nice, creepy addition to their weirdness, but I can’t get past the fact that if this wasn’t the apocalypse, I would be calling CPS.
Then again, who knows what End of Days will hold? Maybe she will be some sort of prophet and her mind will be restored. I guess I will just have to see.
Despite the very few instances this book wasn’t completely making me happy, I still loved it. This series is getting better and better. I’m expecting big things for the last book, and I hope to see a great deal of questions answered.
What did you think of World After by Susan Ee? Have you finished the series? What are your thoughts on Penryn, Paige, and Raffe? (No spoilers please)