Title: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2)
Author: Susan Ee
**ARC provided by Netgalley.
Wow, it’s been so long since I read Angelfall, I didn’t think I would remember enough to read the second book. But turns out I did, at least, enough.
World After starts just where we left off. Everyone thinks Penryn is dead, thanks to the scorpions, so when she finally wakes up, everyone is as startled and scared as it gets. How do you explain a bunch of terrified people that you weren’t actually dead, but paralyzed when they couldn’t even feel your heartbeat? Yeah, it’s not an easy task. Some think of her as a freak, some think nothing of her, and her mom thinks she’s the devil’s girlfriend. Nice. But she can handle that, what she can’t handle is how people are treating Paige, after being captured and turned into something she can’t even explain. When people start threatening her family, everything gets messier, if that’s even possible. Paige runs off into the woods, her mom looses it yet again, and Penryn doesn’t even know where to start looking.
I liked this book a lot more than the first. It’s a slow read, you must know that, but it kept me interested, especially after I was like 60% into the book (not that the rest wasn’t interesting). There are bad guys everywhere, and they keep showing up and manipulating the rest of their people to do what’s right for them. That goes to angels and humans. Trust is not something that exists in this world anymore so… how can anyone survive this?
In this book we have, yet again, another journey in which Penryn is desperate to find her sister and keep her family safe. She’s a badass, and I admire her for it. Even though things tend to go all kinds of wrong all the time, she manages to survive. She will go through hell and back if it means she’ll be able to keep her family safe (and she kind of does). I had the opportunity to understand her a little more. She’s now more human, I guess, and feels more real to me. I saw the difficulty she had dealing with how much Paige had changed and, at the same time, how much she hadn’t changed. She’s sarcastic and a realistic, but she’s also a teenager, doing her very best to survive.
Raffe. Oh well, I missed you. He wasn’t as present as he was in the first book, yet Penryn couldn’t stop thinking about him, which kind of helped. Those short moments with the sword helped. I still missed him being there for her though. There’s something different about him this time though, I couldn’t help but notice how much he cares about Penryn, even if he tries his damn best not to show it. I don’t know how this thing will turn out for them, I’m really curious, because yes, I’m a helpless romantic, always rooting for the couple to have their finally ever after. He’s strong, and determined, and frustrating. He was off, fighting his own battles and demons, looking for the one who took one of the most precious things to him, but everything he’s had to face, has only made him stronger and more determined.
There are certain characters that gain a bit more of importance in this book, like Penryn’s mom. She’s demonstrated that desperate times, call for desperate measures. And she sure knows what desperate measures are. Even in her own small world, she still finds a way to notice what’s important, even if she doesn’t know how to express herself in the best way.
I just want to know how this all is going to end.