Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld | Book Review

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal 
Publication Date: 2014


(from 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.

–Possible Spoilers! Read at your own risk!–

“What did a happy ending even mean in real life, anyway? In stories you simply said, ‘They lived happily ever after,’ and that was it. But in real life people had to keep on living, day after day, year after year.”

The book, Afterworlds, actually contains two stories. The main story is a contemporary, coming of age novel about an eighteen year old girl named Darcy’s journey in the publishing world while also falling in love along the way.

I would rate Darcy’s story a solid three stars. I definitely enjoyed some chapters more than others, but it had its moments and I didn’t completely hate it.

The second book is Lizzie’s story, which is a paranormal romance. Lizzie’s story is actually the book Darcy wrote called “Afterworlds”. It was an okay story, with its ups and downs. The first chapter was very intriguing, but I have to admit it went down hill from there. I’ve never had the best experience with paranormal romance, for the very same reasons I had problems with this one.

My main problem with Lizzie’s story was the romance. It felt forced and awkward and I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between Lizzie and Yama at all. Not to mention the horrid insta-love. *shudders*

I enjoyed Darcy’s story more than Lizzie’s, but honestly, not by much. I felt very detached from the characters. I didn’t really care for them, so I just couldn’t find it within me to care what happened to either of them.

I’d give Lizzie’s story 2 stars.

Overall, I liked the book. Yes, it was dull at times, but I’d still say I liked it.

Would I recommend it? Well that’s another question and I think it really depends on you. If you have the patience and if you literally have nothing else to read and think the book sounds interesting, then go for it.

3 out of 5 stars


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Afterworlds was my TBR Jar pick for November, I announced my TBR Jar pick for January in my December Update (which you can read here), but if you missed it, my next pick is…

In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo!

Excited to read this one! I don’t really know what it’s about, but it’s got gorgeous pictures inside!


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