Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (2014)
YA Fiction | Contemporary | Paranormal
“Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.”
pooled ink Review:
A Scott Westerfeld book that I didn’t finish?? I made it past the halfway point and then just haven’t picked it back up and now I’m itching to start something new. Perhaps I’ll finish it eventually. But that’s what kills me. I adore Scott Westerfeld’s work! The Uglies Series? Leviathan??? All genius and I can read them a million times over.
I really think he had a really great idea for this book and the dual storyline thing actually worked for me. There was so much I loved and it was really great overall (at least of what I read) but while it was intriguing it was not intriguing enough. For now. It was not difficult at all for me to put down this book and then return to it days later remembering that ah yes I was in the midst of a chapter. A plus is that it was very easy to pick up and continue reading from wherever I left off but a minus is the fact that it was so easy and an often occurrence that I put this very book down stopping even mid-page.
Perhaps one day I will finish it and then provide a new review but for now this is all I have to share.
I still recommend this author highly but it’s up to you to decide which books to read. Rarely does an author only have smash hits just like there are always those few songs on a favorite band’s album that are okay but you still tend to skip them on the CD (or iTunes/Spotify since we’re in the 2010’s).
Posted on Goodreads on June 2, 2015
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Meet Scott Westerfeld!
Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.