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.
Wow. It’s just abso-fucking-lutely amazing. I don’t even know where to start. I’m just mindblown by this book.It’s well-crafted and both stories were very much interesting.
For those of you who don’t know, Afterworlds is like two books in one. It’s written in two point of views, in alternating chapters. A third-person point of view featuring the main character Darcy Patel, a YA author; and a first-person point of view with Lizzie Scofield, the protagonist in Darcy’s YA novel, Afterworlds, as the narrator.
“That’s so meta!”, you guys might say. Well it really is. I was so surprised by this when I started reading the book. This is the first time I’ve ever read anything like this, or any Westerfeld novel for that matter, so I didn’t know what to expect.
In Darcy’s world, the real one in this context, I was presented with the world of publishing. Darcy, being an author, gave me a glimpse of what it was like in the other side of the publishing world. Since, I’m technically a part of it as a reader or reviewer which makes me on the other side as the authors/publishers. It was very familiar because the characters were talking about book bloggers, ARCs, blurbing and book signings and basically those things very common in the book blogging/publishing community. It was very refreshing to see that other side of the community.
The characters were very lovely. Darcy was very relatable, especially to me because I’ve always dreamt of being a writer. She’s a dynamic character. Nisha, Darcy’s younger sister, was so adorable. Her character always lightens up every scene she’s in. Imogen was particularly interesting. I really found her relationship with Darcy to be intriguing, interesting and really adorable.
The idea of Darcy’s novel, Afterworlds, was really awesome. If that book was published separately, I’d run to the nearest bookstore to buy myself a copy because the story just got me through the pages quickly. It was very thrilling and exciting from the start. The character of Yamaraj, being a Death God, was pretty interesting. The chemistry between him and Lizzie was there, but I’m afraid Agent Reyes had a greater chemistry with Lizzie.
The way the chapters were written was really amazing because I didn’t, not even one moment, feel like I got lost with the book. The chapters were pieced perfectly, alternating between Darcy and Lizzie (Pride and Prejudice much?) but they were somehow connected to each other that you don’t need to go back to the last chapter just to recap what happened. It’s just so amazing and I’m practically bowing down now to Scott Westerfeld because he pulled that through. I’m very amazed. VERY.
If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest you buy or borrow one and immediately jump in because seriously, six-hundred pages of this amazing novel is not enough.