Convince Me To Read (17): Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Posted September 3, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

Convince Me To Read (17): Afterworlds by Scott WesterfeldAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Published by Simon Pulse on September 23rd 2014
ISBN: 1481422340
Pages: 599
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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.


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Convince Me To Read (17): Afterworlds by Scott WesterfeldAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Published by Simon Pulse on September 23rd 2014
ISBN: 1481422340
Pages: 599
AmazonChaptersTBD

Add to Goodreads

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.


Jamie’s review

I was scared reading this one because it is my first Westerfeld book after the Uglies series and those literally changed my life, but I really liked this one! I liked that the two stories overlapped in some ways but were separate in others. It was a behemoth of a book though and I almost wonder if it was too long and that’s why I didn’t love it.

I think there was a lot of good in this one. I liked the inside look at the publishing world and how not everyone’s story is the same and yet none of them are all that different. I liked that Darcy had a hard time balancing life, writing, being an adult, and everything else in between. However, I was actually not a fan of View Spoiler ». I did like that she took the time to learn to be herself even though it meant royally screwing up sometimes. I do think she should have hired an accountant instead of relying on her sister for her budgeting and definitely gone for somewhere that had cheaper rent. But what do I know.

I also really liked Afterworlds, the novel inside the novel, and how everything that happened in Darcy’s world had a direct impact on the novel she was writing. There were so many good parallels and probably many more that I missed. I am typically not a fan of paranormal romance novels, but I really liked this one. I would have read this as a full novel tbh. Instead of feeling hokey or uninspired to add in this novel, we got to see a bit more of how Darcy sees the world through the chapters in Lizzie’s perspective. I thought that Lizzie’s story was just as compelling as Darcy’s, but I was much more invested in Lizzie.

I did, however, like that for both the relationships, the key was trust. And I think that is something a lot of YA novels forget about: you have to trust the people you love rather than just lust after them. Both Darcy and Lizzie had to learn to trust themselves and how others saw them. They also had to let other people make decisions that were right for them even if they weren’t the easiest for them to swallow. And they both did so with maturity.

This is a really daunting novel. It is huge and has two novels inside of it, basically. But it was really interesting and I loved the overlap and parallels. I think it is what kept me going. I am definitely not as worried about reading Leviathan as I was before because Scott Westerfeld can write.

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I think Dani will like the look at the publishing world in this one. I think she will also really enjoy Lizzie’s story and the paranormal aspects to it. Dani will also really like that this one is two girls that share a similar story and experience because it’s kind of like us.

About 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.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution’s Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier’s Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.

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