Afterworlds is about Darcy, a teenager author who is awaiting the publishing date of her new book, Afterworlds. She moves to New York to continue writing her sequel and half of the book is about her journey to discovering herself and her developing relationships.
The other half of the book, revealed to us through alternate chapters, is Darcy's book, Afterworlds. In the novel, Lizzie is part of a terrorist attack which leads to her slipping into the 'Afterworld' and becoming a psychopomp (a guider of the dead, in simple terms.)
Both stories were fairly interesting, but I did find myself being drawn more to Darcy's story. I was fascinated by her life as a YA author and her relationship with Imogen. When reading Lizzie's story in the Afterworld, I was finding myself wishing I could get back to Darcy's story, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. As always, I loved Scott Westerfeld's writing style and his world-building in this book was second-to-none. Whilst it is a large book and took me longer than I'd hoped to get to the end, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Afterworlds and would recommend checking it out if you're a fan of Westerfeld or the paranormal.
My rating: 4 out of 5
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