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From the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon Pulse, [2014]
ISBN: 9781481422369
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Dec 22, 2018

Love the duel narrative and how it's two books in one, but they really connect to one another. Darcy is in the real world writing the book about Lizzie (fantastic P&P reference) who lives in a make believe fantasy world that's semi-based on myth and religion which often has Darcy questioning if it's ok. Darcy is full of anxiety about being a new writer and being part of the writing scene as she meets some of her author heroes. This book seems like a peek into the publishing world and all the positives and negatives that being published brings along.

Aug 04, 2016

Darcy's book is getting published, so she moves to New York to edit her story where she meets Imogen, another YA author.
Lizzie has a near death encounter that lets her see ghosts and move between life and the afterworld. She meets a boy in the underworld, but it doesn't turn into a cheap teen romance. Darcy tries to learn how to use the underworld without him, sometimes making mistakes and needing his help, other times she helps him.
On their own, the stories are good, but seeing where Darcy's inspiration for words and chapters comes from adds a whole new level.

Aug 03, 2016

I connected with the Darcy story much more than the intertwining novel of Lizzie. Definitely an inspirational book if people are interested in writing a novel. Good read!

claralex800 Sep 04, 2015

So, I've read this book twice. First when it first came out and then again this week. It definitely got me thinking about my own novel, which may or may not need a new ending. It's two books in one, which is great. The first time around I liked Lizzie's story best but now I have a healthy appreciation for both of them.

Aug 09, 2015

I kept renewing this book so I could savor it. Really. There are two stories in one here, and I don't know if my MS brain was acting up, but I needed to take it slowly. Darcy and Lizzie's stories are both interesting, but Lizzie's more captivating to me. I'll have to take a few days to review:)

Aug 06, 2015

inspired me to get back at editing my own novel

Jul 23, 2015

A riveting read that weaves two stories together perfectly.

mvkramer Mar 25, 2015

I stayed up too late finishing this, and I even had an opening shift the next morning, so you can tell how much I liked it! Like many other reviewers, I preferred the "real" story; the Lizzie story was sketchier, less "real" feeling. If I had read the Lizzie story on its own, I wouldn't have liked it - it seems a bit derivative and stiff, and Yama has the personality of a wet paper sack. The Darcy story could stand on its own, and is much fuller and richer. A very different book, and a step out of the ordinary for Westerfeld.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jan 24, 2015

I liked the alternating stories of author and author's creation. I have to say, though, I found the "real-world" teen author story more interesting than the spirit-guide teen love story. A fun and quick read.

0Charlie Jan 17, 2015

This was a fun read - basically you get to read two books at the same time - one thread about a soon-to-be published teen author, and the other thread, the book she is writing! The majority of the "action" takes place in the first chapter and the remainder of the work is the characters response to this. Although the main characters are a little simplistic, you can accept this as they are mostly teenagers. It is interesting to watch the protagonist deal with becoming an adult, negotiating the publishing world, and trying to write a YA book. Complex but easy to read. Recommended for Teens and young writers.

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