Title: Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1)
Author: Susan Ee
Published: August 28th 2012 by Skyscape
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Paranormal
My Rating: 4/5
“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”
“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.”
I’m starting to think that the books I put off reading the longest are the ones that I seriously enjoy most. Angelfall was such a unique story and I’m really glad I made the time for it. It’s tragic and riddled with macabre imagery, which makes it much darker than most dystopian/apocalyptic worlds. I mean, it’s seriously gruesome at times, and I completely love it.
Susan Ee has taken our modern world and flooded it with angels. And these aren’t nice, God-sent angels, they are destroying the world for some unknown reason, and creating creatures that should not exist.
The story revolves around Penryn, who is just trying to protect her small family. While trying to find a safer place to live in this apocalyptic world, with her insane mother and wheelchair-bound little sister, she witnesses an angel having his wings cut off by other angels. In the attack, her sister is taken and her mother runs off.
Now she has to team up with this wingless angel, Raffe, to put her family back together, and hopefully get Raffe’s wings put back on. But of course, that won’t be easy.
Penryn is a great female character. She’s badass, mainly because her mother had her taking a crap ton of self-defense classes, so she isn’t this meek little girl who can’t fend for herself. But I also appreciate the author allowing her to feel fear when it comes to her family and the angels. Although she is strong, she isn’t stupid, thinking that she can take on everything.
Raffe is probably my favorite character in the book. He’s sarcastic and snarky, but he’s also a mystery. There is a past that is alluded to, but you don’t find out much about it until the second book. He doesn’t seem to be like the other angels who are killing off the humans, but he still feels heartbroken at being disconnected from them and his wings.
Some of the characters were hard for me to like. I found the Dee-Dum twins to be beyond cheesy. It was almost annoying. Then there was Penryn’s mother. Not only was she literally insane, she’s harmful to her children. I hate her so much. Maybe something will be revealed later in the books, but for now I don’t understand how the kids weren’t taken from their mother before all this began. It makes me a little sick to think about her possibly being the cause to her daughter’s paralysis and nothing being done about that.
Even with some of the weird characters, I think the story line in general makes up for all of that. It’s not a timid story, and the author doesn’t hold back on what these situations could actually look like if these creatures were on earth. I highly recommend this series so far. It’s an easy read but jam-packed with danger and adventure. I can’t wait to finish it.
Did you enjoy Angelfall? Would you recommend the series?