Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is really two stories wrapped up in one neat package. One of the narratives tells the story of a young writer who wants to put off college after publishing her first book to pursue a career as an author in glamorous New York City. The second narrative follows the life of a girl who walks in the space between life and death after a terrorist attack at an airport.

I’m a fan of Scott Westerfeld.

I LOVE the entire Uglies series.

I LOVE the Leviathan series as much as pretty much any book I’ve ever read.

I even LOVE Peeps.

And I LOVE part of Afterworlds almost as much as I despise the other part. I fell so deeply in love with the fictional world within the book. I don’t like realistic fiction in general, and I genuinely didn’t enjoy the realistic aspects of this book. I wanted to sink into the creative in between space with Lizzie and exist in that world, but I was frustratingly jerked back to reality with the realistic fiction in alternating chapters.

If you want a bit of variety this book is definitely for you, but it isn’t an immersive experience. In this book battle, I say skip Afterworlds and go back to re-read the other amazing Scott Westerfeld books!

I got a free e-ARC through Edelweiss, thanks Scott Westerfeld and Simon Pulse for the intriguing read.

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