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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Susan Ee's World After, the sequel to Angelfall, is a gripping and intense supernatural postapocalyptic adventure. There's a large amount of violence (angels engage in bloody sword fights and rip off each other's wings) and horrific elements (hordes of scorpion-tailed monsters sting, paralyze, and suck the juices from their victims). These scenes may be too disturbing for some younger or more sensitive readers. Although the main characters are obviously attracted to each other, the sexual content's low, limited mostly to cuddling in the aftermath of a close escape. There's little in the way of objectionable language, with a few instances each of "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "pissed."
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What's the story?
After angels have descended upon Earth and destroyed most of civilization, 17-year-old Penryn struggles to protect her mentally ill mother and her crippled sister, who's been horrifically transformed by the heavenly invaders. Carrying the magical sword that once belonged to Raffe, her mysterious angel ally, Penryn plunges from one desperate situation to another. Separated from those she loves, she travels from Alcatraz to Pier 39 to an angel aerie, learning terrible secrets about the invasion and looking to be reunited with Raffe.
Is it any good?
WORLD AFTER continues author Susan Ee's fresh take on the Apocalypse, in which angels are the instruments of humanity's destruction. Seventeen-year-old Penryn is an engaging and resourceful narrator-protagonist, and even though she and the angel Raffe are separated for most of the book, their sarcastic but oddly tender relationship continues to develop. More of the story's big picture is revealed in this installment, and the action is nearly nonstop. Some of the revelations about Penryn's little sister may make some more sensitive readers uncomfortable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of angels in recent young-adult fantasy fiction. Why do you think they're a trend in popular culture?
Why are stories about global disasters, supernatural or otherwise, popular now?
What challenges do kids face when their parents must cope with mental illness?
- Author: Susan Ee
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Skyscape
- Publication date: November 19, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Kindle
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