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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won't be able to put down.
Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she's taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.
Woven into Darcy's personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie, too, falls in love - until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.
©2014 Scott Westerfeld (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Allison on 11-08-14

Good listen for teen wanna-be professional authors

This book contains two stories written in a parallel structure. The one story tells of an aspiring teenage writer who has landed a publishing contract and decides to delay college for a year to move to NYC and start her career. It gives interesting glimpses into the reality of the YA publishing world. I liked this half of the book better than the other, but I am partial to realistic fiction. The characters are believable and likable.

The 2nd story-within-the-story is the novel she is working on. It is a fantasy story about what happens to souls of the dead - in the "Afterworld." There are some connections between the main character of this story and the life of the teen author. It contains special powers and a forbidden romance (think Twilight, but less violent.)

The book is divided into even chapters for one story / odd chapters for the other. That, plus the 2 narrators help you keep it straight in your head. I can't help but wonder how it looks in printed form - different fonts? I'll have to take a peek...

Some mature language. Suitable for 7th grade and up.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 09-29-14

An adults opinion: Things you should know

As an adult I listen to a lot of YA books. I've ready pretty much everything Scott Westerfield has written and enjoyed them all. So when I saw Afterworlds was available from Audible I bought it.
Here are the things I wish I had know before I purchased it:
1. There is A LOT of swearing in this book. The F*** word is used liberally through out the book.
2. This book really deals with adult themes; including terrorist attacks, gay romance, child abduction/murder, death, etc. I usually listen to books with my kids in the car (which is why I choose a lot of young adult). I felt that this book was inappropriate for my elementary school age children to listen to.
3. This book is really two stories in one. It switches back and forth between the "real" world and the "fiction" world. This was really confusing for the first little bit.
4. This book is really well written with a captivating story line.

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