Several years ago, I devoured Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. It was around the time that I first became aware of dystopian YA novels, and the premise – civilization destroyed by a bug that eats oil and oil-based products, and enforced plastic surgery as a rite of passage – intrigued me. I loved the books, reading the original three (I’ve never read Extras) in fairly quick succession, and wanted to check out some of Westerfeld’s other work, but – as so often happens with good intentions – got caught up in other things.
A couple of months ago, I noticed Westerfeld’s latest novel, Afterworlds, and decided it was high time I reacquainted myself with him as an author. Like Uglies, the novel’s conceit was interesting as it is essentially a book within a book, with chapters alternating between Darcy Patel, the real-world protagonist, and Lizzie Scofield, the main character in Darcy’s first novel, also titled Afterworlds. Read More