Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: November 21st 2013
My rating: 4 stars
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?
World After was one of my highly anticipated reads of the year, luckily for me, I only got around to picking up Angelfall a few months ago and so I didn’t have to wait too long before going back to this fantastic world that Ee created once again.
My heart was truly left broken after the way things had ended in Angelfall, I didn’t want Penryn and Raffe’s incredible journey to come to an end, but especially not the way things had gone down. It seemed totally impossible to get things back on track for both characters. I enjoyed how with World After we were able to get to know Penryn that little bit more, yes we got the chance to be in her head in Angelfall, but with Raffe introduced to us so early in the story, I was easily distracted by his character. But this was not the case yes I did have an incredible longing to see my two favourite characters reunited (highlight to view spoiler).once more let me tell you it did feel at times a really long wait. But this allowed the opportunity for Penryn to come out on her own once more and actually see what she was capable of. I’m glad to say Penryn was once again a fantastically strong character. Despite having her sister and mum with her, things were definitely not the same, she really was all alone. But I admired her courage to once again put herself in dangerous situations.
The World we find ourselves in World After is a more perilous one, angels are hell bent on taking control, and there are only a few humans willing to take the risk. But once again Ee has managed to create an addictive book in World After. With the danger lurking around the corner, you want to close your eyes and not read anymore, but you need to know what happens, you need to know who will triumph and Penryn and Raffe are just characters you don’t want to let go.
World After was a mesmerising follow up to Angelfall, (my only complaint was that I wanted more of Raffe) but other than that I think that this series will definitely be up there as one of my favourite angel book series yet.