Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Review

World After literally picked up right where Angelfall left off, which after such a big cliff hanger I was glad to get in on the action! So to recap from the ending of book one: Penryn had been stung by some creepy weird angel scorpion thing and becomes paralyzed to the point where she appears dead. Raffe, after waking up from his surgery discovers he was deceived and given the demon Beliel’s wings. He then mistakenly thinks Penryn is dead and leaves her with her crazy mother, now deformed little sister, and the human resistance group. So needless to say I was very excited for this book!

There were many good and some not so good things about World After. There was plenty of action and eerie moments that were absolutely fantastic to read. Susan Ee does a wonderful job of incorporating terrifying apocalyptic situations into the storyline. And Penryn remains one kick butt female lead! She cracks down in this book and shows that a girl can get along without the protection of a man ( or an angel) . That actually becomes obvious in this book because Raffe and Penryn don’t even meet face to face till around 73% in Kindle length in the book. That was overall the most frustrating part about this book. There was very, very little romance whatsoever incorporated. I understood why there wasn’t much in book one because it was the build up, but I was expecting more progression in their relationship than what was given in World After. There were some sweet moments for sure, but no swoon worthy, toe curling scenes like I expected. I love Raffe as a male lead, his personality and awesome arch-angel skills make him one fantastic alpha male, so naturally I really wanted to see some more romance from him.

That doesn’t mean the story itself wasn’t good, I did still enjoy reading this book for sure! I just expected more development in the plot. I just felt like there was not enough progression toward resolving the conflict at hand. Though I have to say some new information was given that left me stumped, and there were definitely some exciting situations. But by the end of World After I was left with even more questions asked and a strong need for more!!

Unfortunately, I don’t know when book three will be out, I know there most definitely will be another one based on how it ended. There wasn’t a cliffhanger but there is the implication for more. I would definitely recommend you read this book, it has a unique plot line, wonderful characters, and plenty of action. The Penryn & the End of Days books remain a must read series! You can buy World After on Amazon here!

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