Monday, 15 September 2014
Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
From international bestselling author, Scott Westerfeld, comes Afterworlds, a brand new, thought-provoking, suspenseful thriller you won't be able to put down!
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.
I have been a fan of Scott Westerfeld for a while. I loved his Uglies series and I really love how diverse he is with his range of novels. I read this novel ages ago and I'm still not sure what I think about it.
The premise behind this novel is interesting. Half of the book is the story of Darcey a teen who moves to New York after getting a book deal. It follows her as she gets into the world of publishing. The second part of the book is the story that Darcey got the book deal for.
I must admit I got bored quickly with Darcey's book. While it started strong and excited I got bored and found myself skimming then skipping that part of the book.
Darcey's story of being published did intrigue me a lot. I've got an insight into how the publishing industry works after a few years of blogging. However I'm not quite sure how it was written for. I didn't see teenagers getting it or being interested in it and for that reason that part of the book felt a bit self indulgent on the authors part.
So as I said an interesting read but definitely not the Westerfeld I will be recommending.