The World After (Penryn & The End of Days, Book 2)
4 out of 5 stars
Quotes: “You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women—Pooky Bear?”
For Readers Who:
(1) Enjoy kick-ass, weapon-wielding heroines who don’t need to be saved.
(2) Like to laugh…out loud…probably at inappropriate times.
(3) Don’t mind plots that bounce from one thread of a story to another (Oh, unraveling romance. Yes, I forgot about that weird angel political campaign. What the…genetic engineering?) It is clear that these will converge later in the series, but right now, these plot lines are tenuously connected.
Review: Susan Ee makes me laugh. I can’t read her books in public because her wry sense of humor elicits sounds from me in which strangers think I am either possessed or need the Heimlich maneuver.
Besides the one above, these are some quotes that I found dry and very witty. Too bad I was drinking water while reading the second one (there should be warning labels on humorous prose):
Penryn finds Angels on Alcatraz: “At least the angels didn’t have the sense of humor to take over the neighboring Angel Island instead.”
On the damage to San Francisco: “Splinters the size of redwood trees are everywhere. Too bad angels aren’t killed like vampires. We could lure them here and have a field day.”
I have to agree with some reviewers that noted that the plot of the novel was slow. About a third of the way through reading, I got frustrated and starting paging through the rest of the book to figure out when Rafe made his grand entrance. Yep. This book kept the male protagonist from me for so long that I became the literary equivalent of a peeping tom.
The consolation for this was that Rafe’s sword had its own POV sections. Yes…a sword with a narrative point of view. It’s actually kind of an ingenious move that Ee makes because the sword is emotionally connected to Rafe and has shared almost all his experiences. So while Rafe isn’t with Penryn, the sword is.
Some of my favorite characters are still Dee and Dum. Their banter with each other and Penryn adds a humorous dimension to the narrative to a book whose subject might keep it from being having moments of lightness. I hope that we will see more of the twins (and learn more of their history) in Book 3.
Verdict: For fans of Angelfall, World After is a must read. Ee’s use of humor and her believable relationships are what separate this series from the many dystopian /apocalyptic novels that have appeared in recent years. She uses fictional conventions in new and interesting ways (i.e. who ever sat down and wrote from a sword’s POV?). Remember, I advise you not to read her books in public…try explaining how a book made coffee come out of your nose.