Monday, April 6, 2015

World After by Susan Ee

3 Stars
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I decided to break my own rule of reading Book #2 in a series after finishing Angelfall last year and giving it 3.5 Stars (that’s like the equivalent of 7 Stars for most people). I’m giving World After a very generous 3 Stars in hopes that the soon-to-be-released Book #3 gets back on track.

The problem I have with YA books in a series is there always seems to be so much filler that should have been left on the cutting room floor. While World After contained a few awesome action sequences and answered some questions like “what the F are those scorpion pod things?!?!?!?!?!” and “how did little Paige end up a Frankenhuman?!?!?!?!?” there was a lot of time spent doing pretty much nothing. And when Penryn was doing stuff, it was kind of the same stuff she did in Angelfall - like infiltrating the angels’ new aerie. Not to mention that, although Penryn is way more kickass than the average YA female lead, a certain someone . . .

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didn’t even appear until the 72% point. WTF? It’s great to have a heroine who can hold her own, but it’s even better with Raffe’s banter . . .

“Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

Crossing my fingers that End of Days has less of this . . .

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and a lot more of this . . . .

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or even this . . .

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ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Thank you, NetGalley!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a big YA fantasy fan in general, as I find most of them tend to be more or less the exact same story, but I really like this series and am very excited about "End of Days" coming very soon!
    But I agree with you that some of "World After" could have been a bit more tight - I love the scenes with Paige and Penryn being as badass/insecure as she as, but I missed that certain someone as well, and some of the general story was very reminiscent of "Angelfall".