Rewiew: 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?

I dove right into this after the first book which I rated 5 stars. I found this book not to be as exciting as the first one but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

NOTE: In order for my reviews to be more organized, I'm trying out a new way to construct my reviews. Here, I've decided to use subheadings. This may or may not be permanent. I like how this looks, but I could really use feedback. Let me know in the comments!
CHARACTERS
In this book, Penryn is trying to sort out some of her self-conflict as she helps the resistance group while lying to protect Raffe's identity. She cares for him and doesn't want him to get hurt, but she's not about to let her own people fall at the hands of the angels. All the meanwhile, she is also dealing with her changed baby sister, who with her marred appearance, has everyone thinking of her as a monster.

Raffe is still a mystery. We know very little of how and why he is the way he is today.

We run into a bunch of secondary characters in this story that further add to the tensions and terror that come with the apocalypse.

I generally don't like to use the word boring, but Penryn alone is not as exciting as Penryn with Raffe. Something about their character dynamic makes fireworks.


PLOT
I found that is book is more of a filler, as we accompany Penryn in her discoveries behind the angels' motives and within her resistance group. Through her bond with the sword, she discovers more about Raffe as well. His backstory (well, the pieces of it that we have now) is an interesting story.

Her sister Paige, is supposed to play an essential role in this war. It was a nice twist from your regular 'main heroine is the face of a revolution' kind of story.

The second half of the book packed a lot more action (not that the first half didn't have any) and I read through it a lot faster. 
SETTING
The same few places are backdrops for this book; the aerie, the resistance camp. How Penryn was able to slip into the memories that the sword showed her was a very cool concept.
WRITING STYLE
If you've read my review for Angelfall, then you'll know I love Susan Ee's writing! It's very unique, and her imagery is gorgeous. The same rawness of her writing is present in this book. Each character interaction makes you feel every emotion as if you lived it.
LIKES
- When Penryn confessed to Raffe she named the sword "Pooky Bear"
"She gets named once by each carrier. If you've named her, she's stuck with it for as long as she's with you."
Damn.
- When Raffe discovers that Penryn is alive.
- How Raffe tells Penryn, "don't let me go" instead of "don't let go of me."
- When Penryn stabs an angel in the crotch.
DISLIKES
-  On page 144, Paige's name is written as "Page." This didn't as much affect my feelings for the story, rather it irked me.
FINAL VERDICT
I enjoyed reading this book. It filled in all the blank spaces and mysteries from the first book, making me more familiar with the world. I don't think I love it as much as I did the first one, but it's gotten me very hyped for the concluding book!
RATING
As always, read on. 

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