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.
For a book that did not go through the traditional publisher route, this is about as perfect as they come. The writing is tight, the editing is above anything I’ve read and the story is amazing. Yes, I absolutely loved this book! Author Susan Ee has recently admitted that we won’t get a sequel until 2014, but I secretly hope that she writes faster!
The protagonist, Penryn, is flawed; and like many other heroines featured in Young Adult novels, it is her failings that make her all the more real and likable. Her mother is suffering from a severe and enduring mental illness and her sister Paige is disabled, quite possibly by her mother’s hand. She is attempting to hold her family together, whilst in strong juxtaposition, the stress of doing so is tearing her apart. Penryn reminded me a little of Katniss from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, although less unsure and more determined. Like Katniss, she is portrayed as a teenager; however she could easily have been twenty-something such is her ‘old head on young shoulders’ personality.
The action in this book starts from Chapter One and it doesn’t let up at all. Ee’s post-apocalyptic world provides an alternative portrayal of angels which is not only different, but refreshing too. And the romance between Penryn and Raffe is low-key and slow building, and free of the love triangle scenario common to this genre. This too is a welcome change from the other Young Adult novels I’ve read.
All-in-all Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days) is a completely captivating and engaging story. And it possesses a cliffhanger that left me wanting more NOW… not in 2014! This book goes on the shelf to read again, but for now I implore you… READ THIS!