Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld
Which world is real? The one we live in or the one we create.
In this astonishing novel Scott Westerfeld marries two very different worlds and two very different lives.
We read from the perspective of the author, as she dives into the world of being a debut YA author, a wonderful sneak peak into the reality of fiction writing, while on the other hand we are also seeing from the perspective of this author’s creation, reading the story of her main character.
It is through this, and the art to which Westerfeld writes both storylines, putting them side by side in seamless chapter changes, that we have to ask which one we believe in more, the one which matches the things we know to be true in reality or the one we are told is the fiction of that reality.
We read from the perspective of Lizzie, a girl who should have died in a terrorist attack, and who is left with something more than just a touch of death. Lizzie, however, is the creation of Darcy, taking the lead role in Darcy’s debut novel Afterworlds.
Darcy’s book is sold to a New York publisher for a huge advance and catapults the young author into the world of book writing. Between re-writes, tours and parties Darcey is also drawn into the new and confusing world of love. All the while Lizzie is fighting to stay on the side of the living.
A truly outstanding book, which is really two books flawlessly combined. Get a true insight into the skill of Westerfeld’s writing through Afterworlds.
ISBN – 978-1-4711-2256-9
Cover price - £7.99