World After picks up where Angelfall leaves off. The story is more of the same, which is fine. Maybe I'm reading into things, but it's more political than the first installment of the Penryn and the End of Days series. Is this a critique of Israel?
"I heard the Israelis nuked the angels. Blew them right out of the sky," says Dum.
"That's a lie," says Dee. "No one would blow up their entire country in the hope that a few angels might be in the air when you did it. It's just not responsible nuke behavior."
Dee and Dum, quoted above, have the hots for librarians, and plot to organize a librarian mud fight. I'd like to stage one for them--between Stephen Abram and Michael Gorman. (jsyk I'm #teamgorman)
This might make one think before judging a poor person for buying sweatshop clothes from Wal*mart, "The right thing is a luxury for rich and sheltered people. For the rest of us, the only right thing is staying out of trouble and surviving as best we can."
As in the first book, our heroine asserts her right to fight dirty. "There's no such thing as dirty fighting in self-defense." (Could that be a reference to Palestine? Ee does reference "the old city of Jerusalem" in her bio, but I guess that could go either way.)