I am in awe.
Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for the book. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to peek through these pages before the publication date.
2 years after Angelfall, and here we are!
Susan Ee should totally write this at the front page of her book as a warning:
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Because I lost sight of reality. I lost my grasp on what is real and what is not. My spirit was inside the book, right into this post-apocalyptic world.
Have you heard of a second book syndrome? It's like you're afraid to read the second book, in fear that it would tarnish all the lovely things that you felt from the first book. We are always afraid that the authors won't be able to raise up to that standard again, to create that kind of story.
Oh boy how wrong I was. Right from the beginning, the story pulled me in. I was sucked right into the world of angels and demons and daughters of men. My hands trembled as I flicked through each page, my heart was thundering in my chest. I swear it feels like having a heart attack reading this book, my emotions doing a roller coaster dive.
I cried, I laughed, I felt compassion, misery, love, all the emotions that a human could possess, all wrapped up in World After.
Books are my escape. I read to feel. When reality fails to bring any strong emotions swelling in my heart, I turn to books. Books are the only thing that can keep me alive. Breathe into me. And I felt every single wondrous bit of emotions that a human should feel.
World After is perfect. It was everything I could hope for and want. I cried a river reading this. It was beautiful and heart wrenchingly awesome!
Now i'm sad. I wish i can undo my read and start all over again with my mind blank. It's a worthy experience and I am proud to be part of it. I'm proud to be a reader.
I love every single characters here. I think their roles and executions in this story are flawless. I even love Penryn's mom! I think that lady is amazing, despite few screws loose in her head.
"I'm not the devil's bride."
"He carried you out of the fire and is letting you visit us from the dead. Who else would have those privileges except his bride?"She sees me once in a guy's arms and she had us married already. I wonder what Raffe would think of my mom being his mother-in-law.
Haha, totally made me laugh :'D
I won't be telling spoilers but there are further developments of the characters compared to book one.
For one thing, I'm irrevocably in love with Raffe. OMG this male makes me all warm and fuzzy and I savour every single thing about him. I don't even care if he turned into the devil, Raffe is simply awesome! Omg now I'm craving for things that doesn't even exist ugh.
I love Paige too. In Angelfall, we see her deformed from the experiments. We will see more of Paige, have no doubt about that and I'm really fond of this seven year old girl. I felt my heart crumbling when she holds out her hands to penrynn and cry for her sister. I want to scoop her up in my arms too *sniffles* Okay, getting abit teary eye here.
And then we have Penrynn. The Daughter of Man.
And I couldn't get enough of this heroine. She is absolutely perfect. She ticks all the boxes. She's strong, a badass, a reluctant hero. But she's not without flaws. She also feels insecure, especially when dealing with Paige but it's how she overcomes those struggles and her determination to survive that what makes her special.
And because of her, I'm also proud to be daughter of man. She's my hero.
I'm sad that this has come to an end and goodness knows how long i have to wait for the next adventure. But let me tell you this. This book is a gem. Read it and absorb it well. People put value in gold, diamonds, etc but my treasure is books. Books that sucks you right into another world. It makes my mind rich and fulfilling. It makes my imaginations vivid. You wish that such thing as Inception exist?
Well, read books. Especially this book. You'll be able to jump into worlds in your head. Books are a uniquely portable magic.
So, welcome to my world.