Into the worm's hole
Rating: 5 out of 5
Series book: Yes
Will I read the next one: Yesssss
I never thought I'd find an author I like as much as Jennifer L. Armentrout, but this series has got me thinking. Susan Ee's stories are so well-written and so bad-ass, how can I not love these books! Look at that, I used an exclamation point. I loathe exclamation points, but the Penryn & the End of Days series deserves one. So, lets get started with the pros and cons. Or just pros really because there are no cons because World After was freaking amazing.
Pro Number 1: Penryn
Penryn is so kick-ass. I don't even know how to fully explain how much I love her as a main character. She's got this really unique point of view that at times seems pessimistic but you can tell she also has some hope in the future, in a better World After. Also, I repeat, she's seriously kick-ass. At one point three or four guys attack her because they had supposedly "stopped underestimating her." So what does she do? She kicks all their asses. Four guys. One petite girl. That must have been really embarrassing for them.. Seriously kick-ass.
Pro Number 2: Dee-Dum
Dee-Dum, in case you didn't know, are the twin spys for the resistance. They're easily like-able and hilarious at all the perfect times. You know what else they always did at the perfect time? Show up. Whenever Penryn needed saving or wasn't in the position to save others, they were there. Nice touch, Susan Ee. Nice touch.
Pro Number 3: Penryn's Mom
Like I said in my review for Angelfall, Penryn's mom is a little off because of her schizophrenia. But she is my favorite character, excluding Penryn and Raffe. Penryn's mom somehow gets herself out of really bad situations and causes trouble for the people who put her in those situations. Not only is this funny, but it really shows how smart she is, which i think is really cool. How the author made sure the crazy woman wasn't just crazy, she had depth.
Pro Number 4: Plot
In Angelfall, we were stumbling in the dark alongside Penryn in regards to knowing what the hell was going on. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, was completely clueless. Why were the angels there? Whats with the murderous angels instead of, you know, the happy good angels we hear about. Well, in World After, we get a little more insight into whats going on.
Pro Number 5: Raffe and Penryn *swoon*
My heart, my heart, oh how it breaks for this ship. It's like the mayflower on its way to the new world; the ride takes forever and people will probably die on the way, but it's gonna happen. Eventually. Here's the thing: Raffe isn't really in this book until closer to the end. Raffe actually thought she was dead for the entire time. Dead.
But I just loved how despite the fact that to him, she basically rose from the dead, they picked up their banter where the left off. For example:
“I look up to say something but he puts his finger to my lips and whispers, “Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”
And speaking of, here are a few of my favorite quotes from World After:
“I'm gonna be sick," I said
“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?"
“It's about time you showed some sense. You should be afraid."
“She missed you,” I say in a whisper.
“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.’ Or, ‘Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.’ ” He shakes his head. “How is she going to get any respect?”