“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld

Quick Statistics

  • “Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld
  • Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
  • Read as a hardcover
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished February 2, 2015

Official Synopsis


Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it’s really happening – her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she’s living in New York City, where she’s welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means book tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won’t leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending… all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love – with another writer.

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie’s not alone in her new calling – she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that…


In a brilliant high-wire act of weaving two epic narratives – and two unforgettable heroines – into one novel, Scott Westerfeld’s latest work is a triumph of storytelling.

My Thoughts/Summary

Scott Westerfeld is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. The “Uglies” series is one of my favorite series ever (and honestly is due for a reread), so when this book came out I knew I had to grab it. This book is actually two books in one. We meet Darcy, who is very young and has just sold her first novel and is moving to the big city to work on her second and her edits. We also get her novel, in alternating chapters about her life.

I was really amazed by the way Westerfeld was able to write two distinctly different styles. I really enjoyed the chapters that were written in his “regular” style and didn’t really enjoy the novel within the novel, which is why this is four stars. It was amazing to see a kind of raw style that seemed unfinished and young from him, however, and it was done extremely well. I enjoyed watching Darcy find herself, and discover her sexuality and how being an author isn’t as easy as it may appear to be. Overall, I would recommend this book because I will always recommend Scott, but I would also make sure people know that there are two distinct writing styles here.

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