GENRE: YA, Paranormal-thriller
SERIES: Penryn and the end of Days, #2
Hello, hello! Today we are talking about the masterpiece World After by Susan Ee! I’m gonna tell you right now, this writing is amazing. Love or hate the story, anyone would have to admit it is beautifully written. If you don’t know this is an apocalyptic world where angels have come to destroy humanity and Penryn is a 17 year old human who is kicking some ass really just trying to keep her little family together. If you have already read Angelfall, Penryn, her mom and Paige who has been cut apart and sewn back together are with the resistance. The un-dead girl, the crazy lady and a monster all in a camp with people scared out of their wits, what’s the worst that could happen? Spoilers past this point!
Ok so we start off in the back of a truck where we left them with Penryn being dead/not really dead and at this point all the poison has worn off so she’s just pretending to be dead to just process for a bit. Then she finally decides it’s time to get up and is wondering the best way to go about this without terrifying everyone, and then she’s just like “ah screw it” and just sits up. Then afterwards where everyone is freaking out and she has a gun to her head she’s “Ok I didn’t really think that through…” And Dee/Dum don’t even bat an eye. Their friend just came back from the dead after being brought to them by a angel with demon wings, oh must be Tuesday. Mom is freaky as always. Being locked in the car with her was horrifying. I still don;t get the eggs! Is that just a reference I’m supposed to get? Or are we just accepting it as crazy? I like how Clara said that although the world was crazy, it didn’t mean their mom wasn’t. Because in a world being taken over by angels, it’s possible she is possessed by devils, or she could just be nuts.
We get to this camp/school place and those 4 guys attack her and she kicks all their assess. So great. Penryn is such a great character becasue she is so strong and so sure of herself and her abilities. Then we get the visions with the sword and I thought that it might be Raffe having some connection through the sword to talk to her and know whats up, but it’s just a magical sword. It was really cool how it taught her to fight though and showed her memories. And it has the longest set up for this joke. At first it’s barley even funny. Mild giggle funny. “Can I name your sword” “No it has a name” “What is it?” “Pooky-bear.” Then way at the end of the book we have this conversation with Raffe:
“Have you named her yet? She likes powerful names. Maybe you could appease her by giving her a good one.”
“Um, I could name her anything she likes”
“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”
“What is it?”
“It was just a little joke. I didn’t know.”
“I’ve mentioned that names have power, right? Do you realize that when she fights battles, she’s going to have to announce herself to the opposing sword? She’ll be forced to say something ridiculous like, ‘I am Pooky Bear, from an ancient line of archangel swords. ‘Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.’ How is she going to get any respect?”
I had this hysterical laughing fit. And then latter, all the swords actually bow down to Pooky-bear! I missed Raffe and Penryn’s banter through this book. It wasn’t bad though, sometimes when the male lead vanishes from the book (almost every book 2) you really dwell on it. But we didn’t see Raffe until almost the very end and it didn’t bother me that much. There was just so much going on with Penryn.
The creepy locusts are human! Back in my Angelfall book rant I was talking about “why are they doing this? This seems like so much extra work. They clearly can destroy us without this extra step.” but it is actually Urial, the politician was cutting up these kids to look like nephilium so it would look like Raffe wasn’t doing his job so he’d get less votes! What? Good to know politicians are dirty no matter what species, but seriously? Cutting up children? I get they aren’t human and they see us as lower life forms buy we don’t cut up baby bunnies! And these locusts are people that he’s using to simulate an apocalypse. All the angel people are friends with fallen angel so they want the apocalypse so Urial thinks he can get their votes this way. I’m not sure what he thought was gonna happen when he announced this at the party! You are telling a bunch of soldier who have spent the last month is a place they don’t know, fighting for a reason they don’t know, that not only is there “conformation” they are doing the right thing, but they are going to get to possibly have their friends freed from hell! There is so much tension! It’s like he threw a bone into a pit of starving lions. They starting killing humans, fighting each other, it’s a free for all! And Urial is just standing there up on stage. I still want to know more about Angel-ville! Is there actually a God or was Gabriel calling he shots? If only one person gets to talk to God, how would you know?
What I’m wondering is if any of these humans turned locus will be able to keep their conscious like Paige did. Paige obviously is messed up and wants to eat people, but she kept her humanity about her an knows that that is wrong and she shouldn’t. She can control the locust though, I’m not sure what’s going on. We had that human doctor hinting that he did something special to her when she was “made”. It was really disturbing that there are so many humans in on it! It was also cool how Penryn ended up being one of the “twins” she saw in Angelfall. I enjoy tie ins.
Angels can’t swim. We have a weakness! Until this point angels have been all powerful or so we thought. And it turns out they didn’t mean to cause all the earth quacks and floods, it just happened when a large number of them entered from heaven or wherever. And on top of that we have this weakness where they are helpless in water. I was really nervous that the sharks were going to show up before Penryn got out of there, but they didn’t. We need to take this fight to the water, now that we know this. Somehow this information needs to be utilized. Paige can help with her mind control or something.
That is it, I think I hit most of the high points. Let me know what your thoughts were! Bye!