Author: Scott Westerfeld
Age range: 12-18
Content: Mild sexual content, moderate romance, mild language, moderate violence
Genre: Teen Fiction / Teen Fantasy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Darcy Patel has put everything on hold to publish her first teen novel, Afterworlds. After arriving in New York with no apartment or friends, she questions whether she made the right decision. Until she finds a group of seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wing.
Told in an alternating chapters in Darcy's novel, a suspenseful story about teenager, Lizzie, who slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and dead and as Lizzie floats back and forth between the two worlds, she discovers that many unsolved and terrifying stories need to be recoiled.
Whew, it's been a while, hasn't it? Before I start my review, let's have a little bit of a catch up. So if you're only interested in my thoughts on the book, I suggest you skip to the next paragraph. Firstly, I'm 16 now. I've officially been 16 for 16 days. (Totally did not do that on purpose... sure.) I've also started working as a cashier at a cafe/bakery. So that kind of monopolized a huge chunk of my time. School, as well. That's quite important. Things have just gotten... not a lot busier. But definitely considerably busier. I'm going to try to keep up with five posts a month, but, as you can tell, I'm already slacking. I've found it's not writing the reviews that I'm having trouble with. It's finding time to read five books. So maybe I'll do more non-review posts or go down to three posts a month or something. I don't know. We'll see.
I've read a few other books by Scott Westerfeld. Like Peeps (which I just realized I never reviewed, even though I read it literally last year. Good one.) He's also the author of the Uglies series (which I have not read) and the Leviathan books (which I have also not read). Although I haven't read much of his work, I've heard amazing things about it. My point in telling you this, is that I went into this with very high hopes. I was expecting this book to be killer. And, well, it was not.
I mean, I liked the concept of a teen author writing a teen book and then having the narrative flipping from the actual story to the teen author's story. It was like two books in one, which was kind of cool, I guess. A little hokey, but cool. Honestly, both stories were so crappily written, it was disappointing. Both of them seemed like rough drafts written by a teenage girl. I feel like it wasn't quite finished.
It was mostly the dialog that irritated me. It was so juvenile and cheesy. Which surprised me, because I remember thinking how funny and sharp the dialog in Peeps was. I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in this one either. They were kind of one-dimensional and run-of-the-mill. Darcy didn't develop very much. Lizzie just kissed Yama a lot. The two romances, I felt, were shallow and happened very abruptly. There wasn't very much hesitation for Lizzie or Darcy, just a lot of kissing. The Afterworlds thing with the Hindu gods and stuff was cool, but I feel like it could have been executed better and the plot could have been more complicated. I don't know. The whole thing could've been so much better. The writing in this book was absolutely nothing like the writing in Peeps. Like if I didn't conscientiously know that the same guy wrote both books, I never would have guessed on my own. They're so different from each other. Afterworlds being remarkably crappier.
Overall, I did not like this book. It might be suitable for younger, greener readers who want to conquer a huge book or something. But it just didn't float my boat and I won't be reading it again.
Okay. I think that's all. I'll be back eventually with a post that may or may not be a review. Happy fall. Happy winter. Happy whatever. Bye.