Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Darcy Partell’s dreams are coming true! At eighteen years old her first novel, Afterworlds has been picked up by a publisher. Darcy has received a nice advance towards this book and the sequel.
Putting college plans aside much to the dismay of her parents, Darcy moves to New York to put herself in the heart of the publishing world. Parties and meeting other young debut authors “the debs” is what life becomes about.
In alternating chapters, the fictional protagonist of Darcy’s book, Lizzie, survives a near death experience in an airport that puts her in a place where she can travel between the real world, and the after world.
Now with the pressures of rewrites, a love interest, and deadlines (pun intended),Darcy feels the real pressures of becoming a writer at such a young age.
Afterworlds was a book I was interested in since it first came out. I had picked up the book months ago and wound up putting it down (life gets in the way….). More recently, I downloaded the book on audio and enjoyed it in that format.
Afterworlds could easily become hard to follow if you did not have the facts going into the book. Darcy’s world is real and happening in real-time. Lizzie, carries the story of the book Darcy wrote. Actually – it is a brilliant way to write a book and it is like you are getting a book within a book. (Darcy even goes to BEA!!!)
I really enjoyed Afterworlds. Author Scott Westerfield did a wonderful job pulling this one-off. This would make for an interesting movie. Awesome YA read!
- Audio CD: 12 CDs
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (September 23, 2014)