Review: Penryn & The End of Days #2, World After by Susan Ee

12983100Blurb from Goodreads

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?

Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
edition language: English
series: Penryn & The End of Days
genre: Post-apocalyptic, Suspense, Young Adult
My Thoughts
So this is what the world looks like when one of the archangels wants to play god and the angels play human, from Susan Ee version, anyway. It’s frightening, disgusting and in some part ridiculous but I loved it nonetheless.

I think there are at least two things that I thought won’t work for me. First, as the blurb said in this sequel, Penryn is looking for Paige (again). Somehow I was afraid that there will be similarity, a repetition from Angelfall  as she’s doing the same thing here. And second is Raffe only really appears in the story in the last quarter part of the book which my friend told me about it before I read it. I love Penryn as much as I love him, if not more since she’s so stubborn and a kickass character. But I also love their relationship and want to read more about them together. To be honest, it’s one of my favorite parts in the story. So knowing that I won’t get to read their banter in most of the book was quite worried me. Thank goodness it was just my thought as I didn’t have problem and still enjoyed the story.

I have many memorable moments from this book that I think I won’t forget easily. All those moments are really emotional, from gruesome scene that made me want to stop reading because it was just ewww… to the heartbreaking part about Paige and her relationship with Penryn. It was so sad, shocking and yet I was so damn proud of what Paige do. She has bigger role here and I wish she still has bigger part in the next sequels. And when Raffe finally meets Penryn, made me giddy and so happy I felt like I want to jump up and down. It made me thinking that my waiting paid well. But it wasn’t my favorite Raffe-Penryn moment. It’s one simple scene not long after they meet. Susan Ee didn’t use glorious word to describe Raffe feeling when he thought she died, yet with the way she wrote it successfully touched my heart. I keep reading it over and over and bookmarked it so that I can read it again every time I feel like I want to just skim the book.

Long story short, this is definitely one of my favorite YA series!

Result: 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: Penryn & the End of Days #1, Angelfall by Susan Ee

11500217Blurb from Goodreads

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published May 21st 2011 by Feral Dream
edition language: English
series: Penryn & The End of Days
genre: Post-apocalyptic, Suspense, Young Adult
My Thoughts
Although I really want to read this book, I didn’t pick it up as soon as I can. I thought I’ll read it when the series is completed but then I knew that it’ll likely be one long series that will end in years. And I was kinda afraid that it will be like any other typical YA dystopian books I read. It seems I read many dystopian these days. But I didn’t have enough patience to wait it for years to read it, so I read it now.

First thing I realized that it is more a post-apocalyptic than a dystopian story. Many lists on Goodread said that it’s a dystopian book and the blurb implies it too. So I was kinda surprise when I read the setting and worldbuilding. But I was also happy it isn’t really dystopian. I rarely read post-apocalyptic story and reading it was like a refreshing for me. I really like the way the author wrote it. It’s so clear I never doubt it even one single moment. It’s haunting and frightening me most of the time. It reminds me of another post-apocalyptic story that I love so much, The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I think there are similarities to both of them, despite the angel thing.

As for the story, it’s unpredictable and engaging. It can glue me to keep reading it. Although at some point I want to stop reading it because it was just too terrible for me to read it, I couldn’t help not to continue it since I couldn’t wait to know what happen next. But since it’s told from Penryn POV, I have to wait a little bit longer to know what really happens and the reason behind it. And when it finally gets the answers, it was just not much. It feels like her limited knowledge avoided me to know more. It didn’t mean it’s slow-paced, though. There are things that keep my heart beats fast with Penryn and Raffe along the story.

I’ve read many angel stories, but it isn’t like any other I’ve read before. A story about angels isn’t something new. A post-apocalyptic setting isn’t unusual either. But somehow it has its own originality. And now I can’t wait to read its sequels.

Result: 4 out of 5 stars