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Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Simon Pulse
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    Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    After reading:

    It like physically pains me to say this, but ... I found this book disappointing. Look ... I love love love Scott Westerfeld. Like, so much. He's one of my favorite authors in the world and I recommend his books to people constantly. I love Uglies and Midnighters and goodness gracious I adore the Leviathan books and couldn't wait to see what Scott Westerfeld would do next. So naturally, I was excited for this book and I was ecstatic to receive an ARC––but honestly, it didn't live u...more
    Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
    Oct 20, 2013 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen marked it as to-read
    A new Scott Westerfeld novel?! WHAT WHAT WHAT?
    Tell me more, tell me more.
    Kat Heckenbach
    I'm going to start this out with a plea that someone please tell me this book is a parody. It *must* be. Because I am a huge fan of Scott Westerfeld's writing, have been for years, and this book makes me want to cry :(.

    It is a dual story line. The main character, Darcy, is an 18 yr old, just graduated from high school girl who had written a novel in a month, in November of course, not that NaNoWriMo is specifically mentioned, but any writer can put two and two together. She sent off her draft to...more
    I was very lucky to to get this at BookExpo America (BEA) this year. It was on BookCon day and I was near the front so I literally ran from my entrance to the booth and there it was stacked gloriously on the floor. I almost missed it to, as I wasn't expecting it to be this big! But what can I say, I like big books and I can not lie? (Yes, I actually thought that line in my head as I hefted it up and continued running to the next spot before the place filled up.) As I ran my next thought was 'Thi...more
    I love this times infinity. I already love YA in general and Scott Westerfeld in particular (his Uglies series got me back into reading YA as an adult), but this book I love the most. I love that he wrote something so chancy and cheeky (and META!), and I love that someone published it. Basically I think it's brilliant and couldn't love it more, but I don't think everyone is going to feel that way.

    Here's some of what I love and some of what sets this book apart, if you want to know if it's for y...more
    Robin Henry
    I have been a Westerfeld fan since before he was famous, so it was with great anticipation that I downloaded the e-galley and began reading his latest offering, Afterworlds. It was with great disappointment that I forced myself to finish reading it. Unlike earlier efforts such as the Uglies series or his steampunk series, Leviathan, or even the Midnighters, Afterworlds was a huge let down. It could be because my expectations were high. After all, Westerfeld had trained me to expect interesting s...more
    First Second Books
    The book I was most anxious to get my hands on at BEA because there is no such thing as a Scott Westerfeld book I don't wind up loving.
    Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
    May 30, 2014 Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2014
    All the BEA14 tweets were crazy about this one.. It's a shame to admit that I haven't read any of books..yet
    Ginny DiGuiseppi
    When I told a friend that my ARC was in the mail, she told me she was interested to hear what I thought, since it was supposed to be quite a divergence from Westerfeld’s usual work. I haven’t read all this work, so I can’t confirm that with authority, but it is definitely very different from what I have read.

    Half of Afterworlds follows teen writer Darcy Patel, a NaNoWriMo winner whose month’s efforts result in a massive book deal with a big-name publisher. The other half is Darcy’s book, a super...more
    Darcy Patel spent a month during her senior year furiously writing a complete YA novel. It's been picked up by a large book publisher and Darcy puts off college to edit the book as well as write and edit a sequel. She moves to New York City for a change of scenery, encountering other authors (both debut and seasoned) to help her survive in the city and the publishing industry. The first book she's writing is called Afterworlds and features Lizzie, a girl who can travel to the space between livin...more
    This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

    I received an advanced reading copy of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

    I hold the Uglies "trilogy" dear to my heart, as it was my introduction to the dystopian young adult genre well before I even realized what the genre really was. I expanded my knowledge of Westerfeld's work then into the Midnighters series and beyond, and he has since become my favorite young adult author. When I heard he h...more
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    Let's clarify some terms

    Before we begin, I need to set down some terminology for my review. As you probably know, the book Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is two books in one, told in alternating chapters. One story is that of Darcy, a soon-to-be-published YA author. The story is about her selling her book, doing rewrites, and drafting the next book in the series. The other story is about Darcy's book. We actually get to read it. However, just to c...more
    Mar 14, 2014 Amanda marked it as to-read
    A YA book... about someone writing a YA book?! I MUST HAVE THIS! =D
    I always get so bogged down with starts off great, but then I have to force myself to finish. I enjoyed the publishing aspect, but I think that's what will make it a hard sell to my students - I'm afraid it will go right over their heads. The secondary story is much more their speed - and was much more enjoyable, honestly. As a separate book, I probably wouldn't be able to keep it on the shelves.
    I couldn't do it. I made it 32 pages into the book and had to stop. Maybe it gets better as the book goes on and the 18 year old writer protagonist matures. But I didn't find it worth going through the beginning to get there. It reads like a teenager wrote it, and maybe Scott Westerfeld intended it that way. In fact, I hope he did, because there's no other way to justify plument in the quality of his writing style. I'm a fan of his, particularly of his Leviathan trilogy, and this in no way measu...more
    Darcy Patel wrote a novel in 30 days one November (presumably as part of National Novel Writing Month - although it’s never said). With all the confidence of an 18-year-old, she sends off her newly created masterpiece to an agent who finds a small publisher to publish it. When she is told to make changes to her novel, she balks because she’s written the perfect book. Then she realizes she has a choice to make - make the changes or go elsewhere to be published. She makes the changes.

    Westerfeld op...more
    Kyra Wiley
    I loved this story! I've always been a fan of Westerfeld's work, and I like that each story is so different. I was thoroughly engaged by both Darcy's and Lizzie's stories. I found switching between the stories a little jarring at first but as I got further into the book I felt that the two complemented each other. I really enjoyed the hints about what was to come and all the little moments where I could hear Scott Westerfeld giving the reader little insights into the author's world. As Darcy dis...more
    Hilary Kotecki
    18-year-old Darcy Patel has just signed a $300,000 two-book deal with Paradox Publishers for her novel Afterworlds and an unnamed sequel. She struggles to convince her parents that she must move to New York to continue writing, though it means putting off college for at least a year. When she reaches New York, it becomes undoubtedly clear that she is young, naive, and has a lot of learning to do. Writerly concerns of subconscious scene-stealing, going on a book tour, final chapter rewrites, and...more
    Kate Prince
    One must realize while reading this book that one is reading a book written by a 51 year old as if it were written by an 18 year old. At first I was displeased with the alternating chapters, loving those that followed the young author and hating those that were of the book she had written. Then I realized the above fact and laughed, because of course an 18 year old writing her first novel about a paranormal romance would write in that overly dramatic and romantic way that is usually reserved for...more
    HNGC Library
    Having been a fan of Westerfeld’s writing since before dystopian literature was popular I was looking forward to Afterworlds despite the extreme length of the book. Throughout the book I kept wondering if this book was ghost-written (no pun intended). The main character of the story is an 18 year old girl who has sold her first novel and the book felt like it had been written by a teenager. The first chapter didn't disappoint but the rest did. Afterworlds is two novels in one - the story of teen...more
    Lindsey Jane
    "Afterworlds" by Darcy Patel would have gotten a 5 star review. And I would sit anxiously awaiting "Untitled Patel". It was the second story of Darcy Patel flowing through the pages that brought the rating down. Don't get me wrong, the book premise was genius, the timing of the stories flowing together was nothing short of epic. The characters in the Darcy Patel story just lost their fizz and definition as the love relationship in that story began. The plot took over and left nothing for the cha...more
    Sorry, but I really didn't like this book. I know that Scott Westerfeld is a well known writer, and so although I tried one of his other books and didn't like it, I picked up this galley anyway. I thought the Darcy plot was pretty good--clearly, Westerfeld is writing from experience as he knows what it is like to get a YA book published-so in that respect it was very realistic. And, although this was the narrative that I actually did kind of like, I felt that Darcy never really learned from her...more
    There were moments when I really loved this, and moments when I thought it needed work. Example? Darcy, the 18-year-old writer, felt like the author had a character checklist he went through as he created her (lesbian? check. non-white? check. insecure? check.). Another example? Darcy's sister, supposedly 14, was one of those "overly wise beyond her years" types. The budget Darcy has, with $3500/month in rent and then $17/day for food was completely unrealistic: what happened to utilities?

    The in...more
    I was sad panda over not getting this book at BEA, but not horribly crushed because I got so many other great books I'm dying to read.

    Nevertheless, I signed up for a blog tour of Afterworlds.

    I need book intervention, but thankfully the Hubs has yet to find a facility that deals with book addiction.

    I got this hefty tome in the mail the day before I got another tour books- which meant that I had 7 days to read all 600 pages of this and another book. I read a lot, but even I was daunted.

    But the...more
    This is the kind of book where I LOVED it but I can also accept that all the things I loved most about it are things that would irritate some other readers.

    I read this so fast and deeply resented anything that drew me away from it. I adored the "behind the scenes" look at publishing and the meta about trends in YA literature and cultural appropriation.

    Also, the basic conceit is that it's alternating chapters between Darcy, a teen girl whose paranormal romance novel is getting published, and he...more
    Five stars says it all. It is hard to gather into words what I think of this book. Scott has interwoven stories here:

    Darcy slammed out a novel in November of her junior year of high school. By the end of her senior year she was accepted to college and signing a big ticket two book deal.

    The interwoven stories are of Darcy's first few months living in NYC rewriting her novel and the novel itself as she goes through it chapter by chapter cleaning and spiffing the story of Lizzie who barely surviv...more
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    Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield (YA)

    This book was an interesting read as it told two of an aspiring young author getting settled into the writing world of New York City; the other was the story of her fictional heroine in her book. The bouncing between the two worlds was seamless and reader-friendly. Darcy, the author, feels like a fake when she is thrust into a world of socializing with both up-and-coming and established writers. This is her first foray into...more
    Afterworlds tells the story of a teenage girl named Darcy who has written a book called Afterworlds. In alternating chapters we get her story about being a new YA author living in NYC and the Afterworlds book, starring her protagonist Lizzie. Both parts of the book are interesting, but I sort of thought the two storylines might merge at some point, which didn't happen. Westerfeld writes a lot of trilogies, and I suspect this is the beginning of another, despite it's 608 page heft. That's a pet p...more
    This review and more can be found at The Book Bratz

    The story follows Darcy Patel, an eighteen year old high school graduate who just signed a three hundred thousand dollar book deal for Afterworlds and an untitled sequel. She wrote Afterworlds in the month of November, two thousand words a day. Now, most bloggers and writers know what that means. Though NaNoWriMo wasn't specifically mentioned in the novel it isn't hard to put two and two together. She moves too New York, leases a beautiful apar...more
    Jun 30, 2014 Nic rated it 4 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Mature YA, Aspiring authors
    Shelves: reviewed
    Actual rating 4.5 Biscuits.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Afterworlds is about Darcy Patel, a recent Ohio high school graduate who wrote a young adult paranormal romance during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and begins as she signs the contract to have her book published. As the book continues on we see one chapter for Darcy’s life and 1 chapter for her protagonist Lizzy’s story. Darcy struggles with her anxiety over feeling an imposter and lucky, whi...more
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