Renee Conoulty: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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.

Hey! Here's my review.

This is the first book I've read by Scott Westerfeld. I definitely plan to read some more.

This story is told in alternating chapters. The odd numbered chapters are about Darcy, an eighteen year old girl who writes a paranormal romance novel. It is a coming of age, self discovery, journey to publication, YA romance story.

The alternating chapters are the paranormal romance that Darcy wrote. It was a paranormal concept I've never read before and I really enjoyed learning about Lizzie becoming a psychopomp (I still think that's a funny word). This part of the book is quite dark as is is about death and the underworld. The paperback I read had the even numbered chapters identified with shaded bands at the top and bottom of the pages, which made the different stories easier to track (and it looks pretty from the side).

I enjoyed both Darcy's and Lizzie's stories. I wasn't sure how either would end, whether they would finish Happily Ever After, bittersweet or tragically. I won't tell, you will have to read it yourself to find out.

I also loved the fact that the author managed to slip a "drop bear" reference in, made me giggle. (Aussie humour)
  • Where: Local library request
  • Format: paperback
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