A couple months ago I was able to get my hands on a copy of this book! I heard about Afterworlds from the YouTube account WordNerds, they were reading this for their book club and I decided to read it with them.
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.
Before reading Afterworlds I had been reading a lot of YA and found myself feeling a little bit tired of the genre. But my goodness, Scott Westerfeld’s book was a breath of fresh air! It was such a fun and exciting read. I loved both his main characters, Lizzie and Darcy who were relatable and intelligent.
Lizzie’s story was thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were times when the story got a bit horror-ish -which is totally a word- but it never dwelt on that too long. I often have problems reading or watching things in the horror genre, it scares me waaaay to much. But this book did a good job of keeping me worried but not terrifying into loss of sleep. And holy smokes people the twists for her story were so good! I was turning pages as fast as I could.
I had a few problems with Darcy’s story, but they were minor. Mostly it just bugged me that Darcy wrote a novel in 30 days and then (unless I misunderstood) immediately tried to find an agent for it. I mean I get that this was Darcy’s first big novel, but it still made me tut in minor frustration. Besides that, her story was great. She wasn’t a perfect writer, she had her ups and downs and I related to that a lot.
I loved the minor characters in this book too, Darcy’s love interest was probably my favorite. Followed by her younger sister. I enjoyed the sister’s personality, she was really quirky. At one point she brings a whole suitcase of books when she visits Darcy.
So in conclusion I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s really interesting and you should go read it!
Have any of my wonderful readers read this book? If so let me know in the comments what you thought about it.