A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, World After takes a fairly realistic approach to the locale's geography and history and features scenes in Silicon Valley, on Alcatraz Island, and at Pier 39. The traditional mythologies surrounding angels are mostly given short shrift, but there are hints that they will play a more prominent part in future installments.
World After emphasizes the importance of loyalty to family and friends, even in the face of an apocalypse. Penryn's first concern is the safety of her mother and sister, and she in turn is valued and respected by the angel Raffe.
Positive Role Models
Although in almost constant physical danger throughout World After, Penryn almost always puts the needs of others, especially her mother and sister, ahead of her own. Brave, determined, and resourceful, Penryn constantly finds new reserves of strength as she battles rogue angels and her monster-like minions.
Violence & Scariness
World After contains a great deal of violence and disturbing imagery. Scorpion-monsters attack humans, sting and paralyze them, and then suck the fluids from them. Other human victims, including small children, are transformed into monsters. There are multiple, bloody, vividly described sword fights, and angels have their wings torn from their backs. Penryn's sister has been turned into a monster, and she viciously attacks one of the villains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Amid all the sword fights and scorpion attacks, there's little time for romance in World After. However, Penryn obviously feels a romantic connection with the angel Raffe, and they cuddle cozily after one particularly narrow escape. At a party in the angels' aerie, the villains plan to trick their fellow warriors into mating with human women, but that plot doesn't come to fruition.
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The language in World After is fairly mild, with only a few instances each of "damn," "hell," and "bastard." Angry characters sometimes say they're "pissed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At a party, various angels drink alcohol and get drunk.
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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."
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.
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