The world is very well written, and breathes and feels like the real thing. The author starts things off quick, but there is no skimping on setting up the characters, the world, the motivations.
Penryn is fantastic as the lead. She's alive and driven, and has plenty of flaws to keep things interesting. Her timid yet fierce nature is very much alive.
This book was selected specifically because it fell in the genre of Youth. It was a delightful surprise to find that I was every bit as entertained as my 12 year old daughter. The characters are well developed. While listening to this book it is difficult to not relate to the characters in one way or another. It is completely engaging in sharing the experiences of the main characters, their thoughts and feelings are wide open and felt.
Tiger's Curse. Like Tiger's Curse there is an understanding of the characters thoughts and feelings. Another similarity is the predictable happy ending isn't exactly as predictable as you think while listening to the story. Finally there is a quest involved in each that is only begun.
It is hard to offer up a favorite scene without offering up a spoiler, so I would recommend skipping this question if you don't want a spoiler. My favorite scene is probably when Penryn is trying to hold the angel wings on and convince the gang that she is an angel. But it could just as easily be when she is kicking butt in the camp. Or maybe when Raf is flying off and she is content just to know he's alright. There are so very many great scenes in this story and it is so easy to see them all through the eyes of Penryn that the story is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
Again, if you don't want a spoiler, please don't read this section... I think I was most moved when Penryn finds her sister Paige. Her heartache when she sees what has happened to Paige was a moment that would move anyone who has ever loved a child.
My daughter loved this story even more than I did. It took her less than 5 minutes to ask me to purchase "World After" which is the second book in the series. She is already waiting for the 3rd. If you are looking for literature to keep your child engaged in something other than just video games this is a very good choice. Many of the books in my library recently purchased were for that purpose. If she's going to sit and play video games, she's going to fill her mind with something else at the same time. We listen to classics, we listen to mysteries, we listen to true crime, and lately we've been listening to teen lit.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who just likes a good story and particularly for young women. It's full of girl power!
I enjoy audio books because like the performance quality of the narrators. This book was no exception. She gave each character their own flavor.
Raffe. I love how he can be a big strong hero when he needs to be but when he's with Penryn he is so lovable.
Am a book reader who have to many books and to little time to do it.
I loved the story and how it was more an adventure then a romance not many books do that and it was nice surprise. it had everything that I love in books humor, traveling, and a smartass character.
I can't think of one which isn't a bad thing.
the camp is one of my favorite part and that's for the twins. they remind me so much of the Weasley twins that I laughed every time they where mentioned. Also when Penryn got it that fight with that jerk was awesome.
Yes but unfortunately sleep usually wins in the end.
if you enjoy humorous books about fallen angels, apocalypse, survival, revenge, and not speedy love then you need to read this book.
And that's a problem as you get enmeshed in this wonderfully complex story from Book #1 and immediately get Book #2, "World After: Penryn & the End of Days" and now you need Book #3 which is NOT out yet... woo - what a ride. This is considered for "grades 9 and up" and I guess I am really UP but I found it to be a very good story.
I really like this book. Sure kept me wondering what, when and where things would develop into. I was doubtful when I started the book, but when it finished I could not wait to start the second book, to see what would happen next. The only thing I would like, is a mans voice for the man, two readers would be nice.
I was a bit leery of getting this because it's classified as a YA novel. I've enjoyed some, but others are a bit angst-y for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this and half wondered if it was inspired by the TV show, "Supernatural."
The characters are well rounded and enjoyable. The story also was a decent adventure.
I was enjoying the book till she hung two young girls from a tree and had the eaten alive. Just too gross. I stopped listening
No reason to put such violence anywhere!!
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This story really was refreshing, and was a different take on a post apocalyptic world than I have read before. The whole concept of the angels having been the cause of our downfall was an interesting take. Really kicked against the norm, or at least the stereotypical ideas of angels and deity.
I really came to like the Penryn character. As the world had fallen around her, and crazy and horrible things happened to her, she took them in stride and rose above them. There was a little bit of a detachment that I felt with most of the characters in relation to how they interacted with each other, and the events that were happening to them. As if they had already seen the worst that the world could offer them, and nothing was going to surprise them again, and I felt like that led to a very authentic feeling to the story. Rafi was also a very consistent and complex character. I found myself really enjoying his story, and looking forward to seeing what was next for him.
The story tended to be a little predictable, and there were some twists that were a little bit of a stretch, but overall I really liked this book. Caitlin Davies does a great job with the narration. It is hard for women to perform male voices (I think even harder that men trying to voice women), but she does an acceptable job. The voices were consistent and pleasing.
Penryn. Here is a 17 year old girl taking care of her 7 yr old paralyzed sister and her mentally challenged mother in a post apocalyptic atmosphere. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders but she doesn't complain or falter. She does what needs to be done to take care of her family.
Yes. It pulled me in from the beginning. It wasn't like some books with a teenage main character. Penryn is more of an adult than her mother. She's had to be.She is strong but not too strong that it wouldn't be believable.
The author did a very good job blending in all aspects of the story. You have angels, demons, humans, and monsters and it's all believable.
I enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the next one. Will definitely pick it up. Even though there isn't any physical romance there is some serious chemistry between Penryn and Rafe. This book didn't really end, so I'll be waiting to see what happens as the story continues in the next book.