It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Book Review: 4 stars
~ Beware this review contains spoilers ~
So things aren’t looking too hot for the Earth. Well at least thats what Angelfall concludes as a possible post-apocalypse world where all angels have been locked out of heaven. As a reader you jump right into this world, and once you do its hard to escape.
Susan Ee’s writing style did take a while to get used to. Maybe after previously reading several books written in third person it was just an odd sensation to start reading a book again in first. But eventually I loved being inside Penryn’s head and the way that she described this dystopian world in all of its darkness but with a glimmer of hope. The sequence of events and how everything tied together was done brilliantly. There weren’t any annoying loop holes or areas where as a reader you had to guess an answer to why things were the way they are. I guess what I’m trying to say is that although it was a fictional world, it made sense.
So there is a pretty effing bad war going on. Correction – several blood baths are taking place. The first is between the humans and the angels. And then there is the second. Which is in regards to who will replace Gabriel (the messenger of God) after he has been shot dead. And all this is all going down while the angels aren’t really sure why they descended from the skies in the first place.
The characters were incredibly unique, which is such a refreshing thing to type given the stereotypical character formation that appears these days in my beloved YA books. Penryn’s mother is insane. Like actually clinically diagnosed as insane. And although I do believe there is some truth lying behind her insanity, maybe she does actually talk to demons, she was such a creepy delight to read about. The added fact that she told Penryn to take self-defense classes just in case she looses control gave her a sense of humanity, which is then contrasted from when she stabs an already dead man and decorates him. I loved it. But what is up with the rotten eggs!? I must know.
Raffe, oh Raffe. For an archangel he is pretty bad ass. And although your mind has to jump over the fact that he has been alive since the dawn of time, his relationship with Penryn wasn’t creepy at all. I honestly hate it when love interest ‘angel’ characters are portrayed as being, I guess for a better world, heavenly. For a civilisation that has observed the human race for billions of years you’d think they’d be a little more human. So when they are portrayed as being rough and tough I just tend to gag with disappointment. Which is why I loved this book so much! Although the Angels saw themselves as all mighty and the humans as inferior, I loved how they were written. It was with such care to each character that brought this book to life. You were able to understand their flaws but more importantly their fears. It was the added bonus of having an angel who questioned the existence of God that won me over. An agnostic angel. Just genius.
Penryn was an amazing protagonist. I loved her desire to save her sister despite her knowing it was going to be the stupidest decision she ever made. And of course there is definitely something going on between Penryn and Raffe. Their back and forth was so funny, and although sometimes Raffe can be incredibly rude it just added an extra layer of amazingness. After their epic kiss and Raffe trying to distance himself because getting with a human is a massive no no, as it ends in man eating Nephilim, there is a bit of ‘I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!’ Especially after they kept on saving each others lives and then he just hands her back to the humans. As I see it, just use protection so you don’t end up having demon babies. There. Solved your problem.
Of course there are other things that I am eager to find out in the next books. Like why are they experimenting on humans? And WTF were the scorpion hybrids in the tanks, but more importantly why was Penryn dreaming about them? And whats going to happen with Obi and the resistance?
Apparently the book is currently being adapted for the big screen, which personally I don’t really see how that is going to work. But then again, what do I know.
Susan Ee has crafted an intensely dark story that leaves the reader gripping the pages of their book for more.