How did I get the book?
Picked it up at BEA
Genre: Contemporary & Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: Initially I wasn’t sure how best to review this because it is two books: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld which tells you the story of the author of the second Afterworlds by debut Darcy Patel. Both Afterworlds alternate with each chapter, Darcy’s debut novel is a first person narration which her story is third person. It sounds confusion but it’s not. That’s part of why this book is so impressive.
When I began reading Afterworlds (after friends kept recommending it over and over) I adored it. For the first 200 or so pages I was all the hearts. Darcy’s Afterworlds has a great opening and her journey as a writer is engaging. While reading Afterworlds (either story) I was entertained but I found that the further I got into the book I was quite happy to leave it sitting on a shelf before reminding myself to get back to it. It is a long book and sometimes it does feel it.
Both Darcy and Lizzie are likeable and it’s quite interesting how my preference of which Afterworlds book would sway depending on their actions. In the end I preferred Scott Westerfeld’s contemporary Afterworlds to the fictitious Darcy Patel fantasy debut.