World After by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #2

Penryn Young risked everything to save her little sister, Paige, from the angels that kidnapped her, but the child she got back bears little resemblance to the one that was lost. Paige, along with other children, have been altered, changed into something to be feared. When her sister runs away, convinced she is a monster, Penryn must find a way to see past the damage and accept this new Paige before she is lost forever. And somewhere in the chaos is Raffe who still believes Penryn is dead and is determined more than ever to take back the wings that were stolen from him.

“A part of me still expects her to cringe in disgust at the sight of the corpse. There is disgust there. But there’s also a flash of longing. Hunger.”

In the sequel to Susan Ee’s Angelfall, Penryn deals with the aftermath of the physical experiments done on her sister. More feral than child, Paige has become a different person and much of World After deals with Penryn’s mixed feeling toward what her sister has become. Paige, like so many other things in this new world, has become a casualty in a larger war in which humans are inconsequential. The angels are faster, stronger, and have their own political motivations that have nothing to do with humanity. For angels, humans are either prey, trophies, or something to be used for their own gain.

Penryn has taken every step believing her responsibility in this post-apocalyptic world lies with her mother and sister. In this second installment, Penryn’s actions propel her forward into a different role, one she may not be ready to accept but one she may have to. When Penryn speaks, people listen, when they lose hope, they look to her, and when there is a call to action, people follow. There is something to be said of Penryn’s mother as well. In a world gone mad, this woman who lacks mentally stability somehow never looses sight of her daughters. Her will to survive is at times frightening, but also incredibly impressive.

Although I really enjoyed World After, I missed the banter between Penryn and Raffe, who are separated for the majority of the novel. Raffe’s sword connects Penryn to him through its memories and it’s really interesting to have a little more insight into who this archangel is. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Susan Ee wraps up this fast-paced and heart-pounding series.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★

The Re-Read Challenge: May Recap

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge
The Re-Read Challenge is hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Last month I didn’t get to reread anything and I was so sad about it. This month, I finally picked up Angelfall by Susan Ee, something I was supposed to do last year when the sequel was released.

WHEN I First Read:
I read Angelfall a couple of years ago. I believe I bought it because of the stellar reviews.
 
WHAT I Remember:
I remember being surprised by how much I liked it. I also remember a bit about Penryn, the main character, being pretty amazing.
 
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read:
For some reason I didn’t pick this one up last year when the sequel was released (and I had purchased the book). Another year passed and the final book was released earlier this month. And, of course, my memory is a little fuzzy when it comes to this first installment, so a reread was necessary.
 
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading:
Eager to start the next book, but since I have a couple of other obligations book wise, I will have to wait just a little bit. You can read my thoughts on this one in my review here.
 
WOULD I Re-Read Again: 
I think Penryn is so great and this book made me laugh like you wouldn’t believe, so yes, I would definitely reread it again.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #1

When the angels descended upon the earth, they brought with them death and destruction. Penryn struggles to keep her little sister, Paige, and their mother alive in a world gone crazy. When she inadvertently gets tangled in a fight between two angels, Penryn watches helplessly as one of them kidnaps her sister. Left with an injured angel and no way to find Paige, Penryn is forced to save him. Now, in order to rescue her sister, Penryn must put her trust in a foe that has already wrecked havoc on her world.

“I shove the horrible, screaming images in my head into the dark, silent place in my mind that is getting deeper and more crowded each day. One day soon, the things I stuff in there will burst out and infect the rest of me.”

Susan Ee’s Angelfall was a surprising favorite of mine back when I first read it a couple of years ago and for whatever reason, I haven’t been able to return to this world. Now with the recent release of the third book in the Penryn & the End of Days series, I simply had to reread this one. One of my favorite things about this book is its ability to make me laugh and at the same time terrify me. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where death can literally fall from the sky, Angelfall still manages to be fun. This would be an impossible feat if it were not for the two main characters.

Penryn Young has had a difficult life. With a mother whose mental illness manifests itself through paranoia, Penryn grew up learning how to defend herself and knows when push comes to shove, the only person she can rely on is herself. Raffe, the angel at odds with his own people, is not how Penryn imagines the malevolent beings, bent on destroying humanity, would be. Sarcastic and arrogant, Raffe is far too human for Penryn’s liking. The first time these two interact had me laughing hysterically, despite the fact they were trying to kill one another at the time.

Angelfall is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic novel full of cheeky characters and frightening antagonists. Penryn is one of the most fearless protagonists I’ve ever come across and I cannot wait to read the final two book in the series.

Rating: 5/5

★★★★★