How is it that I took so long to read this book? You guys got it right again.
Goodreads Book Description: 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.
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.
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.
Locus Magazine, March 2012 Finalist for Cybils Bloggers Award for Best YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Book of the Year 2011.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Review: Angelfall
by Susan Ee focuses on a teenaged girl, Penryn, who fights to protect
her small and dysfunctional family in a post-apocalyptic Silicon Valley
where angels have destroyed much of the technology and population. She
has a psychologically unhinged mother who is no longer on medication, a
sister who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, and no safe haven or
regular food or water source. She meets Raffe, an angel, who gets his
wings cut off in a fight, loses her mother, and her sister gets taken
away. This all just happens in the first few pages. The rest of the book
is her journey to finding her sister, his journey to repairing his
wings, and their journey to understanding each other and their place in
this new, terrible world.
I was completely blown away by this
book. I was caught in its web a few pages in, and it never let me go.
The pacing is terrific, the world building fantastic, and the plot never
slows down. Who ever thought of an angel paranormal apocalypse? Not to
mention Penryn is one of the best protagonists I've seen in a while--
and she also has a great and unusual backstory as to why she is so
kickbutt. The prose is straight, honest, and raw, just like its
protagonist and all of it falls together just right.
smashing first book to this series, and I have just joined the mounds of
eager followers that need the next book pronto! Ee is definitely an
author I'll keep my eye on.
What did you think about this book?