Can't afford the apartment? Gets her aunt to co-sponsor the loan. Gets writers block? Can't figure out her second novel? She'll deal with it and you know she will because the book has to end at some point. Throw in some irritating misunderstandings and relationship drama and you have a completely uninspiring, uninteresting plot about a girl who practically gets everything, is told she gets everything, and doesn't learn anything painful along the way. Frequent language. Lots of f-bombs. However, for me I grew bored the minute Darcy got a girlfriend.
A girlfriend 5 years older than her. They all but move in together right away. Let's review, shall we? Darcy grew in an apparently traditional, possibly conservative Hindu home. She's never been in a relationship. She just turned Now, Imogen said girlfriend is 23 and has had previous girlfriends. Imogen is all like "I like you.
So goes young adult fiction. Yet even young adult fiction cannot get me to believe or accept that a girl like Darcy, at her age and life experience raised as she was, would within It sort of gets shuffled around with what it means to lose your virginity, bleh bleh bleh. No biggie, aw how sweet her first. Everyone is totally chill. Parents, friends, etc. Um, how about no?
How about we reverse genders a little here? Would it make sense for an 18 year old girl who has never been in a relationship to be sleeping with a 23 year old boyfriend in such a short amount of time? I feel like we'd be a little concerned there. Why is it okay if its another female?
No specifics offered - thankfully - but still completely bizarre, out of character, and stupid. Their relationship drama bored me to tears. I ended up skimming through most of Darcy's plot. I couldn't stand her, her relationship, or her life. Now Lizzie's story, the "novel" of this Wait till you hear that connection made For the first half or at least, longer then Darcy at any rate , Lizzie interested me. I really thought it had potential. The writing was off but I thought that was supposed to be Darcy's The rest of this paragraph will contain spoilers.
I felt the plot takes a random turn when Lizzie picks up Mindy's defense and goes to fight the 'bad man'. The terrorist just got dropped. The FBI sort of flits off the pages. Everything that began this book sort of gets ignored. And I didn't like it. The Mom's illness is out of left field. Its lousily paced. And frankly, it goes teeny bopper. I was left skimming Darcy's bit and reading a stupid, paranormal teen novel. What was the point? I'm not sure which plot line I wanted to end more. Self-mockery and critique of teen novels in Darcy's bit doesn't make Lizzie's story any better.
If anything it continues to drag it down. Lots of potential, doesn't live up to it.
How to print the digital edition of Books for Keeps: click on this PDF file link - click on the printer icon in the top right of the screen to print. It almost felt like someone else wrote it and put his name on the cover. How could I be excited with Darcy if I hated her book? He has a unique ability to scare me silly and make me laugh out loud in the same book. About Scott Westerfeld. More featuring humor.
If anything, avoid for all the swearing. Or for the lousy plots. Or thin characters. Or the writing. View all 3 comments. Aug 25, Jacob Proffitt marked it as unfinished Shelves: young-adult , romance. I think this is just a personality mismatch and since I realized that relatively early on and quit reading , I'll refrain from assigning a star-score.
The book is heavier than some textbooks I had in college and that made the reading awkward. I couldn't quite buy a new YA author making a six-figure advance on her first book, either. But the real roadblock to getting into the book was the two heroines. Add that each section would interrupt what little momentum I had from the other and you have a book I put down and simply couldn't be bothered to pick back up again. Pretty interesting premise, but in the end I found the execution wanting, and the stories not that interesting, unfortunately.
I really liked the beginning: Darcy having to navigate her way in New York, meeting published authors as well as other "debs" like her people whose book was to be published in the upcoming months , having to take editing and rewriting tasks into account The first pages of Lizzie's story were gripping, too, and I appreciated how we're shown the final version of Darcy's book, running parallel to her own editing of the first draft, with all the pitfalls that were in it exposition chapters, huge info-dumps As someone who likes writing, too, I couldn't help but find this comment about the YA scene and authors' jobs quite interesting.
However, a lot of aspects in "Afterworlds" were problematic. For starters, I'm not sure YA readers not specifically interested in writing would "get it". Clearly it's going to be a hit-or-miss here. Also, the characters weren't that impressive. Those from Darcy's novel were rather bland in my opinion, and what I may deem "typical YA cut-outs". Yamaraj: the mysterious love interest without much of a personality.
Jamie: the best friend who, in Darcy's copy-editor's own terms, "has car, lives with father", and not much more. In fact, Darcy's novel would have deserved to stand on its own, because it would've allowed the author to properly develop its world and characters, and make it the gripping idea it seemed to be in the beginning.
I'm still convinced that opening scene in the airport is a proper attention-catcher. Darcy was definitely annoying: totally immature, without any sense of responsibility she missed so many deadlines, such as the ones for college applications, lease renewal, and her writing was two inches from going the same way , jumping to conclusions, thinking in terms of the world revolving around her Defects I would've happily forgiven, if she had learnt from them, but she didn't.
And in the end? In the end, Little Miss Lucky still got lucky, still landed an astonishing deal, still managed to waltz out of problems without that much of a hitch. I'm all in favour of selling dreams, but those were too much a matter of dumb luck, not of work and personal improvement. I didn't root for Darcy at all. I was also rather miffed at her plot taking a "let's focus on the love relationship" turn. There were so many other things it could have focused on Mostly, I felt that this book had great potential in being a pretty good parody, but couldn't make up its mind about being one or not.
Why a parody? For all the jabs at YA novels, at their shortcomings, elements I tend to notice as well when I read such stories.
Unfortunately, the way it is, it fell into the exact pit traps it unconsciously or not? A note as well about a few questions raised throughout Darcy's narrative. There was an interesting discussion about culture appropriation, and how Darcy's use of Yama, an actual deity from Hindu mythology, amounted to erasing Hinduism, or at least part of it, from her world, by not openly acknowledging him as part of this religion.
I found this point very valid. And yet, at the same time, Darcy herself represents a removal of cultural heritage: she's of Indian origin, but apart from her surname and physical description, she's the typical "white protagonist". She's not religious, her family isn't particularly religious either, they all behave like standard Americans in novels In other words: why make her from a different culture, if it's not to use it?
Was it just for the sake of having a non-white protagonist The underlying critique is definitely present, and something I can't help thinking about, wondering if it was on purpose, or totally accidental. I don't know how to take this novel, except with a grain of salt. I'm giving it 2 stars because of the parody it could be, one that made me snicker and nod my head in acknowledgment.
But story-wise, I think it should either have been made a stronger read as it was, it became boring rather quickly , or have gone all the way as a more obvious means of denouncing the many problems going rampant in the YA publishing industry. If it's one, I'm not sure that many people will realise it, unfortunately and especially not younger readers—not because they're young, just because they may not have the necessary reading background to see the critique I mentioned.
View all 15 comments. Actual Rating: 3. Now, Afterworlds didn't have nearly as much exposure, but I loved it a lot better. It is written from two perspectives: Darcy is an eighteen-year-old debut novelist who is waiting for her book Afterworlds to be published. She moves to New York to find a place where she can write, but there there, she finds love - and a little bit of herself. Our second story is the Actual Rating: 3. Our second story is the story written by Darcy - it is about Lizzie, a girl who, after surviving a terrorist attack, finds out she has the ability to cross into the afterworld.
But not all people are good, not all ghosts are good, and Lizzie's gonna need a little help learning what it means to believe. I thought the voices for the characters were done very well for this book. I'm not a huge fan of multiple perspectives because it's oftentimes so difficult to differentiate between them, but Lizzie and Darcy were in such different worlds that it was very clear. The different page styles did help too. Admittedly, I was more interested in Lizzie's story just because there was a much more sense of fantasy and adventure, whereas Darcy's was dimmed down and mundane.
Both characters definitely undergone character development, but I felt like Darcy's character arc was more fluid. The plot for both were very interesting, but I felt like I liked the first half of the book more, for both. Lizzie's beginning was interesting, and I loved reading about how she ventured in the different worlds.
There was great backstory about the ghosts that she met, and Westerfeld was great at the world-building. I feel like, in the second half, the story started to get a little messy, and I wasn't really sure where the story was headed anymore. Darcy had development as well, but it was very closely tied with her journey as an author, which, while realistic, was a bit more boring. There were times where I felt like she was annoying and hypocritical, which added to the fact that I didn't like her as much despite her character progression.
The writing style was engaging; this was what had made me dislike Uglies , and it was why I entered this book with such hesitance, but the writing was surprisingly interesting. One issue I have with this is the love interest; Darcy's was great, but Lizzie's was such a cringeworthy case of insta-love that I would have honestly preferred it to not be there at all. This was perhaps the only reason my actual rating for the book was a 3. Overall, this book actually reinstated my interest in Scott Westerfeld's other books, and I'd recommend Afterworlds to anyone into the fantasy, contemporary, and YA genres.
Shelves: to-unhaul , at-my-old-house , reads. Actually the book is two different novels in one: Darcy Patel's story and Lizzie's one. Lizzie is a fictional character created by Darcy and the protagonist of her first book which is called Afterworlds. I'm going to say it from the start: I'm not a big fan of paranormal romance books.
Guess what? Darcy's book is a paranormal romance. Ha ha ha. I was so happy about it, really. It's not even a good one. It has insta love, a stupid protagonist and some not-so-interesting other characters. There's nothing that is explained well setting, world building? I was just reading it so I could get to Darcy's story. I was intrigued by how a book is written and created and I wanted to know more about it, and , thank God , Afterworlds didn't fail in this. Darcy's part of the book was the reason I didn't put this thing down after a couple of chapters.
Even though the main character is so so so different from me I still wanted to know more. Don't get me wrong: there were still some flaws Darcy's sister was annoying as hell, Darcy herself was annoying sometimes, mostly because she didn't know what to do about her life and that's reasonable but overall the story was enjoyable.
I'm obviously disappointed. Apr 07, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: standalone-novel , arc-publisher , unhauled , romance , for-review , arc-edelweiss , urban-fantasy-paranormal , young-adult-fiction , sighhhhhhh , read Read this review and more on my blog In a nutshell: Afterworlds has a great concept, with its two perspectives shifting from a young author to the protagonist in her debut novel, but it didn't quite meet its full potential for me personally.
I have been really excited about Afterworlds for a while now. The novel is written in two perspectives, which alternates with each Read this review and more on my blog In a nutshell: Afterworlds has a great concept, with its two perspectives shifting from a young author to the protagonist in her debut novel, but it didn't quite meet its full potential for me personally.
The novel is written in two perspectives, which alternates with each chapter, and is essentially like two stories within the one book. The first is told by Darcy Patel, a year-old who moves to New York after the rights to her debut novel Afterworlds is sold to a publisher. Her chapters focus on the world of Young Adult fiction and publishing, and the road to Afterworlds ' publication, which includes rewrites, editing and deadlines. It's essentially a coming-of-age story that deals with Darcy's journey to adulthood, a career and her first serious relationship with another female YA author.
The protagonist Lizzie survives a terrorist attack and then discovers she can slip into the 'Afterworld'. I have very conflicted feelings about this book in general but they especially relate to its format. There were times when I enjoyed both perspectives and other times when my interest shifted to one over the other. They worked well together but at the same time, Lizzie's chapters probably had more weight as an individual story. I appreciated that Lizzie's chapters were shaded at the top and bottom of the page so you always knew which was which. I'm not overly familiar with the publishing and writing world.
Whatever desires I had to write and publish a novel are long gone. I knew quite a bit about how the process worked prior to reading this book but it was definitely interesting to get more of an insight into writing, editing and publishing. I enjoyed this element and I think that Darcy's chapters will especially appeal to people who do have an interest in the publishing world.
I cannot vouch for its reliability, which I've heard questionable things about, but I honestly would not expect it to represent the industry exactly. It's not a how-to on publishing - it's fiction. At times it seemed like a satire actually, whether it was intentional or not on Scott Westerfeld's part. The first chapter of Afterworlds - as Darcy's publishers said - was fantastic. It was gripping and chilling, and left me with high hopes for the novel itself.
Unfortunately I did lose interest as Lizzie's story progressed. There were elements that were quite typical of the genre and I'm not sure why characters were raving about the novel itself when to me, it wasn't particularly extraordinary. It felt a lot like generic YA paranormal fiction, complete with insta-love. Again, I interpreted this at times as Westerfeld's attempt at satire but I'm not sure if this was his intention exactly.
I did actually enjoy reading Afterworlds. Despite its page count at over pages, it was an engaging read.
It's not written in an overly complex way and each chapter is fairly short. It did take a while to grip me but I ended up reading the last half of the book in one sitting. Overall, Afterworlds is a unique and compelling read. Personally, I was quite disappointed in the stories itself and found the concept more interesting. It had potential that wasn't quite reached in my opinion, but I do still recommend this book as I can imagine a lot of other readers enjoying it more than I did.
I would especially recommend this book to people interested in the world of publishing, as well as readers who like intriguing concepts, quick and easy reads, and stories told in multiple perspectives. Nov 16, Wart Hill rated it really liked it Shelves: ya. Yay: I loved both stories. I loved the meta-ness of Darcy's story, reading about her experiences and her rewrite struggles even as I read the final version of the story she had written.
Nay: Darcy has very few obstacles to her success, which is a little strange. I feel like that works into the Meta-ness, and I'm sure if I read closer on a reread at some point I can look closer at that, but it'll be awhile before I reread. Yay: Darcy and Imogen are super cute, even if t Different. Yay: Darcy and Imogen are super cute, even if they have slightly frustrating arguments this is realistic, so I can't complain. Nay: The development of their relationship It just happened. Like, from acquaintances to kissing in no time at all. Very strange.
And while I like them as a couple, I would have loved to see the development instead of the insta. Yay: I love Darcy's novel! It's so cool! And creepy. And different and weird and I really did enjoy it.
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Nay: Not buying Yamaraj and Lizzie. And the first time we see Mindy was really weirdly written. Yay: Eighteen year old making super bad decisions! Particularly with regards to money Also, with that much money? Given to an eighteen year old? Yeah I'm not surprised she went a little overboard. Nay: She never really seems to have anything bad happen because of her poor money management. Again, this might factor into the meta, or it might play in if Westerfeld is planning a sequel, who knows!
And by "who" I mean "Westerfeld" All in all, I really liked this. Not perfect, but different and interesting and very, very Meta. Oct 30, Kyla Harris rated it it was ok Shelves: aduiobook , own-it , young-adult , disappointed , But it defiantly wasn't my cup of tea. I had trouble caring about any of the charaters and the fantasy part started as my favorite then ended very weird and confusing.
The writing at times over did itself, esipecally in metaphors. This book had a ton of creativity and potential the way it was plot out is really new and interesting but the way it came together was dull. The pace wasn't the best, there was a lot of chapters that felt unnecessary, this also contributed to the 'not caring about the charaters'. I won't recommend this book but some people might enjoy, I just didn't. Afterworlds is 2 stories. The 1st story is about Darcy, who in her senior year of high school took the month of November to write a novel titled Afterworlds sound familiar? She gets a 2-novel book deal with a huge advance, and persuades her family to let her live in New York while she edits Afterworlds and writes the 2nd novel.
The 2nd story is Afterworlds, the novel Darcy has written. Afterworlds is a supernatural thriller about Lizzie, who discovers that she can slip into the space between life Afterworlds is 2 stories. Afterworlds is a supernatural thriller about Lizzie, who discovers that she can slip into the space between life and death. I really liked this book. I liked Darcy's story, because I felt like it was a glimpse into the real-life adventures of a novelist on her path to getting her first novel published.
But I thought Lizzie's story was more interesting. This book really shows how creative the author is. In one section of the book, we read the opening paragraph of another character's novel, and it was just as compelling and interesting as the 2 stories we already have in this book. In another chapter, 2 published authors and Darcy are giving an author event at a high school, and they are asked which is most important: plot, characters or conflict. The 1st author tells a short story with a cliffhanging ending to emphasize that he thinks plot is most important.
And again, this short story draws us in -- I wanted more! I really enjoyed these short insights into the author's creative mind. But overall, the book was just okay. Here's a link to my YouTube review. It's told in alternating chapters: one of Darcy, the writer finding her way through the world of Young Adult literature in New York City as a teenage debut author; the other is of Lizzie, the main character in Darcy's urban fantasy book, who is the sole survivor of a terrorist attack at an airport and subsequently becomes a psychopomp and falls in love with the Hindu death good Yamaraj.
Unfortunately, it was boring af. Here's a list of problems: - Darcy expects the world to be handed to her on a silver platter. She makes a lot of mistakes but never faces any consequences. It could have shown the complexities of terrorism, fear mongering, and islamaphobia in America today, but it was just an excuse for Yamaraj to kiss her into another dimension. I'm not super into contemporary unless someone's dead or about to be, so I was out of my element. It's post-Twilight trash.
It's generic and soulless. Even Darcy knows is that supposed to be meta or bad writing? She lies to her mother about experiencing PTSD. She lies to her best friend about Yamaraj and says instead that she's dating the FBI agent who's in charge of her security at least she tells him about it. No one talks like that!!! Just say goosebumps like normal people. And here are some stuff I actually quite liked: - Darcy is Indian, which is unforgivably uncommon in today's YA literature, given that a significant part of the world's population is Indian.
She's also queer, even though I don't like that her girlfriend is a lot older than her that just makes me uncomfortable - Idr her name for some reason, but the little ghost girl who follows Lizzie around my brain wants to say Mindy, but I'm not totally sure is actually a pretty great character and added much needed depth to the story. She's paranoid that the man who kidnapped and killed her, burying her in her own backyard, is still out there and will find her when he dies.
Like that's some intense stuff!! I'm writing a psychopomp novel so it was cool for me - I appreciated the guide through the world of authors, but it felt unrealistic tbh Lol half of these have negative comments in them. I might retry at some point to see if any of these are resolved by the ending, but honestly I kinda don't care. May 09, Robin Henry rated it it was ok Shelves: spoiler-alert. I have been a Westerfeld fan since before he was famous, so it was with great anticipation that I downloaded the e-galley and began reading his latest offering, Afterworlds.
It was with great disappointment that I forced myself to finish reading it. Unlike earlier efforts such as the Uglies series or his steampunk series, Leviathan, or even the Midnighters, Afterworlds was a huge let down. It could be because my expectations were high. After all, Westerfeld had trained me to expect interesting s I have been a Westerfeld fan since before he was famous, so it was with great anticipation that I downloaded the e-galley and began reading his latest offering, Afterworlds.
After all, Westerfeld had trained me to expect interesting social commentary and big ideas worthy of discussion along with solid writing in his earlier work. Alas, though the writing remains solid, the subject matter turned to the pedestrian with Afterworlds. This new novel tells a dual story—one of a teen author, Darcy Patel, and the other is the novel Patel has written.
Sections alternate between these two narratives. In both stories, Westerfeld embraces the trend of the moment and delivers tired yet trendy fodder for teen readers. Ultimate wish fulfillment—teen writes best seller, gets huge advance and finds the love of her life, who is of the same sex and there are absolutely no members of her fairly traditional Indian family who so much as raise an eyebrow at this.
What teenager in this universe collects first editions and has reading copies, or even knows what those are? Paranormal romance—check. Lesbian love—check. Extravagant use of the f-bomb—check. It seems that teens and twenty-somethings cannot have a conversation without inserting it, multiple times. That is, if we are to believe current writers, who for my money, are just too lazy to come up with something more meaningful in the way of dialog. I found myself hoping that maybe this novel is actually a parody of the current state of YA literature. I am still hoping someone will tell me it is.
If it turns out not to be a parody, I will approach Mr. Very bloody, somewhat graphic. Later scenes in the Underworld are not as violent, but there is a sinister theme. Apparently, being a bad person means it is okay to murder you. Adult Themes—R, death violence, revenge, spiritual questions.
I did not find that the novel had enough literary merit to make up for the baggage. I would definitely not recommend this for students younger than ninth grade. Jul 24, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: review-advance-copies. Every lover of YA, publishing nerd, and It's fantastic and cute and smart and wonderful and thought-provoking. I've only read one other Scott Westerfield book one in the Midnighters series , but I've heard great things about his writing. I went into this book with that level of expectations and it was met with two wonderful stories.
Also, I'm pretty sure Guinness beer represents wanting to look like you know your beer when you have no idea. At least in Every lover of YA, publishing nerd, and At least in this book. Also, I loved Darcy and I'm pretty sure if she were real, we'd be friends. Heck, I'd be friends with all of these characters. May 30, Ashley rated it it was ok Shelves: arc , bea14 , physical-arc. As you probably know, the book Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is two books in one, told in alternating chapters.
One story is that of Darcy, a soon-to-be-published YA author. The story is about her selling her book, doing rewrites, and drafting the next book in the series. The other story is about Darcy's book. We actually get to read it. However, just to confuse things, that 'story within the story' is also called Afterworlds. From this point on out, please abide by the following definitions: This book — Refers to the 'real' published book Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. Afterworlds — Refers to the 'story within the story', which is the YA paranormal book that Darcy writes.
This book had a lot of potential. For the most part except towards the end , I liked the contemporary, YA author story. It was cool to watch an author go through the world of publishing. But, for the most part, I hated the story she was writing Afterworlds. The paranormal ghost story Afterworlds I hated it. Every single time I got to one of these chapters, I asked myself the same question: Can I skip this chapter? Will the book still make sense if I don't read the whole 'Afterworlds' part of the book? I never did skip a chapter, but much to my dismay, I could have.
Even at the end, the Afterworlds part of the book never actually felt important. Everything still would have made sense if that part of the book was stripped out. But anyway I don't like ghost stories To be fair, I never gave the Afterworlds part of the book much of a chance. I did like the first chapter with the terrorist attack, but once it turned paranormal, I wasn't interested anymore. But, I think a large portion of that is on me: I don't like ghost stories. That's just a preference I have. Some people don't like sci-fi, some don't like contemporary, some don't like romance I don't like ghost stories.
And Afterworlds was definitely a ghost story. Lamest Twilight-inspired romance ever But on top of that, it was also a romance I got the idea that it was supposed to be a romance. Lizzie meets a "hot, shiny boy" and gets a bit gaga for him. Even in that awful moment, I could see that he was beautiful.
He shone somehow, as if sunlight were breaking through the mist, just for him. He was one of those boys with a perfect jaw, who looks stunning when he's clean shaven, but just that little bit more handsome with the barest shadow of stubble. And now I truly believe the "Never-judge-a-book by-it's-cover" saying I really enjoyed it. It's not the kind of book I could read over and over again it's more of the you read it once and then it will always stay as good as it first was. How the story all unraveled in the end, I thought was brilliant!
Really good ending. And not guessable at all for me it might be more obvious for other people but I would never have guessed how the story all ended in a million years. I think if you've got it someone whether it was a gift or a present and you've got it lying around and you don't like the sound of and don't think you will enjoy it definitely give it a go you might be pleasantly surprised. I think one of the reasons I found it so good is because it's nothing like any of the books I read so it was a bit new for me. I would rate this book 4 and a half stars for a very surprising book that I really enjoyed.
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