World After (Penryn & the end of days, #2) by Susan Ee
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?
Kelly - 4 crowns
"World After is another fast paced, gore induced, horror-ific thrill ride on the Angel Wing Express...just don't let go!"- Kelly – Perusing Princesses
Welcome to the World After - where Angels rule and humans are pawns in a game of political supremacy. The Angels are adding to their numbers with genetic modifications to aid in the second apocalyptic wave. Survival has never been more paramount, and yet sometimes the monsters you create still find a way of coming home...
From the devastation of the fallen Aerie to Alcatraz this sequel immediately follows on from the dark and deadly footsteps of its predecessor. From the Opening line of: “Everyone thinks I’m dead,” to the closing sentence, World After paints a very sinister and horrifying picture of a world where unfaltering endurance and the will to survive is the only order of the day.
With her attack still fresh, Penryn remains helpless in her Mother’s arms, awaiting the paralyses poison to expel itself from her broken body. Paige has changed, her once beautiful face now resembling a thing of nightmares; the Resistance are concerned for their safety as they remain hesitant in providing shelter to the family of three.
Penryn’s fears for her sister become a shocking reality when Paige brutally attacks a group of men who try to steal Raffe’s sword, turning into a full-out bloody massacre. With no choice but to flee from the scene and with nowhere else to go, Penryn and her Mother find themselves alone, once again.
That is until Clara decides to help the girl who rescued her from the angels’ deadly clutches. With Paige now on the run, the three of them head back towards San Francisco in the hope of finding her.
Penryn could really use Raffe’s help right about now, but he has gone. Believing his Daughter of Man is dead, Penryn knows he would now make it his mission to track down Beliel and retrieve back his wings. If Paige is headed back to the place she was forever transformed, there could be a slight chance that she may find Raffe there too.
With the angel sword by her side a gradual connection between the two starts to form when Raffe’s memories start to invade her dreams. Memories of epic battles, of heroism, inner turmoils and physical pain, all started to become clear as the sword delivers a detailed account of certain events that have led up to this pivotal point.
When humans are attacked again at the pier by the abominations the Angels have created, Penryn tries to intervene by rescuing them but coincidentally finds herself in the biggest predicament of her life, as she boards a boat, with a one-way ticket to Alcatrez.
Penryn find allies in the shadiest of characters and with their help stumbles upon the biggest deceit of all - it seems Archangel Uriel will stop at nothing to gain the ultimate title of ‘messenger,’ even if it means lying to his own Brethren to get what he wants…
I felt Raffe’s absence in this book. Although the sword helped fill in some of the missing gaps, offering a small beacon of light within the darkness, I wanted my Raffe fix sooner. A double POV given as retold memories was a clever twist though as it further fuelled my need to continue on, and wow, I was so pleased I did!
Like Angelfall, this is no walk in the park. Parts of this story are incredibly dark and I don't recommend anyone under the age of 16 read it. On the brightside, it also resonates a strong message of hope; of how humankind remains resourceful and strong even amidst a world of toxic chaos. The key to survival is unravelling the truth in the hope it may just set you free...
Well, that remains to be seen as I patiently await book three. :)