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 absolutely frickin’ adore this series. I can not gush enough about how awesome these books are. The first was fantastic and I was a little weary that this second instalment wasn’t going to live up to my expectations. I needn’t have worried! I’ve never really been one for ‘angel’ books but I gave these a try because of the rave reviews they seem to get and my my my I am so glad I picked them up. I honestly think Angelfall and World After is up there with some of my favourite YA literature.
World After is a little slower going that Angelfall but it works. Its a wonderful book where we see a lot more of all the characters, we learn more about the plans of the angels and how the humans are trying to show them that they are not weak. A few new characters are introduced to fill the absence of Raffe in the majority of the book. I grew quite attached to Raffe in Angelfall, and was a little disappointed to learn that he was barely in this sequel. But I loved it nonetheless, which I think is quite an achievement on Susan Ee’s part. Many YA novels, I find, tend to fall flat when the “love interest” is absent and this is definitely not the case here. I read this book in one sitting I just could not put it down.
The character development was a little lacking but Penryn’s Mums character really caught my interest her story is fascinating and I honestly can’t wait to find out more. She really becomes quite intriguing and the development there is wonderful, in many YA novels secondary characters don’t really get any development so it was great to see some here.
Overall, I would so recommend this series. I am quite infatuated with it. The only complaint I have is that the books are too short! Argh! I need more NOW!