Review: World After

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Goodreads Summary:

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 really enjoyed this book, I think more than the first. I’m one of those weird people though who usually enjoys the second book in a series more than the first. I mean the first book is the foundation of a series, so of course it’s important and I love getting to know new characters, but second books pull out all the crazy twisted stuff that we weren’t ready for in the first books, and I love that.

Well this one certainly gives us that. Watching Penryn and her sister Paige is so interesting. And I have to say, I think I would have reacted the same way as Penryn did to the changes that have been inflicted upon Paige. That dynamic also shows us a different side of Penryn that I really appreciated. She’s still doing whatever she can to keep her family together, but she’s having trouble defining what that is now. Paige is changed, and she has a bond with Raffe that she can’t forget. She is also battling her inherent sense of right and wrong, and becomes a reluctant hero. I really love how she’s constantly talking about how she can’t take on more, she’s already overwhelmed! I hate when characters take on changing the world and they act like it’s no big deal.

I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of Raffe until the last third of the book, but I understand why. I hope we see more of him in the last book, even after what Pooky Bear taught us about him there is still so much we don’t know!

I can’t wait to see how this all plays out though.

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