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November 14, 2014

Afterworlds by @ScottWesterfeld #Review & #Giveaway

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.









About the Author

  

Biography

Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Leviathan and Midnighters trilogies, and the so-called "NYC Trilogy": So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City. His next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

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#72 in Books > Teens
Twitter: ScottWesterfeld
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13957.Scott_Westerfeld
Website: http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/


My Review 2 Stars


Afterworlds just didn't work for me. Goring from one book to another it was very confusing. I would have loved to have the story of Afterworlds itself and then have the process of selling the book as a companion or novella.




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*STARRED REVIEW* Eighteen-year-old Darcy drops her college plans and moves to New York to revise her soon-to-bepublished novel and start the second one. Meanwhile, in chapters that alternate with Darcy’s NYC adventures, her fictional protagonist, Lizzie, survives a near-death experience to find she has become a psychopomp, responsible for guiding souls to the afterlife. Westerfeld masterfully creates two divergent reading experiences (YA romance and fantasy horror) with two distinct yet believable voices in Darcy and Lizzie—and, somehow, makes them mesh into one cohesive novel. In addition to the details of the fully realized story worlds—and that's worlds plural, as this is a busy book, with content drawn from Gujarati culture and Indian religion—this book includes romantic entanglements, a charming lesbian love story, terrorism and justice, and insider references to the YA publishing and literature scene (including several references to the Michael L. Printz Award) that will have librarians grinning in delight. Westerfeld deftly and subtly captures Darcy’s immature authorial voice, even including a few underdeveloped plot points that differentiate it from his own polished prose. There are no notes about cultural sources, but an extended conversation between (fictional) YA authors explores these issues, offering a few perspectives on respect and appropriateness. Get plenty; this one won’t stay on the shelves. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Westerfeld, author of the hugely popular Uglies and Leviathan series, goes meta in a big way (this thing is the size of an anvil). Expect tons of YA-world gabbing and gushing. (July 2014 Booklist)

During National Novel Writing Month, Darcy Patel, 18, pounds out a “Hindu paranormal romance” that earns her an advance hefty enough to fund a college education. Alas, Darcy has other ideas, moving to Manhattan to do rewrites and deferring admission to Oberlin. What follows are two stories, told in alternating chapters: Darcy’s path to publication, and the final draft of the book she wrote, also titled Afterworlds. Darcy’s new experiences inform her revision: falling in love for the first time makes her rethink the romance in her book. Her protagonist Lizzie’s story is more explosive, beginning with a terrorist attack that she survives by so thoroughly pretending to be dead that she slips into a ghost world, where she meets Yamaraj, a hunky “soul guide.” The back-and-forth between Darcy’s story and her thriller is dizzying, but “Reading Zealots” like the kids Darcy hung with in high school will love the insider details about the YA writer’s life—the intimidating editorial letter, attending BEA (Darcy naively brings her own canvas tote). An ambitious concept, well executed. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, 6/30/14 *STARRED)

“A masterful accomplishment . . . unmistakably Westerfeld, in full command of a
prodigious talent, doing something complicated and difficult and
making it look easy, even as it grabs you and drags you through its
dark streets, laughing and crying along with both Darcy and Lizzie.” (Cory Doctorow boingboing.net)

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10 comments:

Cassie Bergman said...

Sorry you didn't like it. I've been looking forward to reading this. I am going to have to try to put myself in the right mindset to read some meta-fiction.

Cassie Bergman said...

And my last vacation was last weekend. I went on a road trip with my best friend to YallFest in South Carolina. Love the fest but hated the long lines.

Thais Pampado said...

It seems weird to have a book "inside" a book. I read Uglies by this author already, and I didn't like his writing.
The last place I went on vacation was the beach.,

Ashley White said...

My last vacation was in April. It technically was my honeymoon and my husband and I went to St. Augustine, Florida. It was beautiful and an amazing place to spend our honeymoon.

Abigail Clarke said...

I heard the author speak at GenCon and immediately liked him 150% more. He's a really engaging speaker. Last place I vacationed was a writer's workshop near Santa Fe.

Elizabeth said...

Last time I went on a vacation was a few months ago, we went to Kelowna

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

The last vacation I went on was to India to meet family. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

Sushma P said...

Last vacation was in Goa with my friends couple of months back.

Cassie said...

I've been looking forward to reading this book. Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors (although I didn't like his last series). I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more.

Ariel Lola said...

The last vacation I went on was to Canada last summer!

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