Hola! Guess what? I finished another book, YAY ME! Sorry, still a bit sleep deprived and loopy, but very very happy to have gotten a chance to read Afterworlds by one of my favorites Scott Westerfeld. I actually got this book back around January with one of the gift cards Hubbin got me, but have just now gotten to read it. Do I love it? Lets find out, but first as always SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
The Story - The story portion of the book (helpfully highlighted in black) is called Afterworlds and is the story of Lizzy a girl who survives a horrific terrorist attack by playing dead. She plays dead so well that she accidentally finds her way to the Afterworld. In this strange world of the dead she meets Yama a supernatural hottie who has been the lord of the underworld for a very long time. He sends Lizzie back to the world of the living where she discovers that she can now see ghosts. She discovers she is what is commonly referred to as a psychopomp, a living person who can navigate the afterworld and guide the souls of the dead. Lizzy also meets Mindy, the ghost of her mothers friend who was murdered when she was 11 years old. Lizzy uses her new powers to try and help Mindy out, all while getting all kissy faced with Yama, and learning some very intresting and disturbing techniques from Mr. Hamlyn, a twisted psychopomp who has taken a liking to our heroine. Lizzy ends up killing the man who killed Mindy and this causes a rift between her and Yama. She is sad, but learns to move on with her little ghost friend and carries on with her life on both sides.
The Writer - The other half of the book (helpfully marked in white) is about the author of the above story. Darcy Patel is an Indian-American 18 year old who wrote the book in her last year of highschool. She gets a huge signing deal for the first book and it's unwritten sequel which makes it possible for her to move to New York and write. We follow Darcy as she struggles with becoming an adult and working on her writing career. We watch her try and balance her writers integrity with the need to please her editors, deal with a brand new relationship with fellow new writer Imogene White, balance her budget, and just survive.
cultural appropriation, writer's integrity, money, sellability, customer expectations, deadlines, stealing ideas, sharing idea's, other authors, and other writery things. There is a bit of a"wow this girl is super lucky" feel to Darcy's journey, but even this is addressed in the book. It was fun learning a bit about the process of writing and publishing, while reading the "book" that was being written and published. Overall I give this book 7 out of 10 ramen noodle bowls and would recommend it to any Westerfeld fans, people who are interested in writing or like a typical paranormal romance.
What do you think of the duel story format? Do you like knowing how the sausage is made? What kind of book should I write?