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.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Of all the apocalyptic books I’ve read lately I have to admit, I haven’t seen one done quite this way. You’d think the end days would be brought on by demons, zombies, vampires, plague. But no – this is the An angel apocalypse baby! – Who would have thought? And because of that Angelfall is unique, fast paced, and enjoyable as hell! Susan Ee has an amazing sense of humor that shines through in her characters and because of that I immediately connected with them.I have to insert here – that I live close to the city that the main character Penryn is named after…because I never even considered the name of this town as a name for a girl and now I love it!
Penryn has had a difficult life growing up. It’s just her, her little sister, and mother. Not an uncommon family makeup – but her mother is pretty unstable; a danger to herself and others. And her little sister Paige is wheelchair bound. With all of this Penryn has had to grow up fast. There are also some interesting advantages that her mother’s mental illness have given her now that the apocalypse is here. So Penryn is a strong and resourceful young woman, with some kick ass klout. Unfortunately, the trio finally decides to leave their home to find a new place, they witness an angel being beaten and sliced up by a group of other angels. Penryn assists this angel Raffe and the other angels end up kidnapping her sister. So what does Penryn do? Why she pretty much tries to take Raffe as a hostage to convince him he must tell her where the angels might have taken Paige.
There is a lot of tension building and character development that takes place between Penryn and Raffe that I freaking adored! This wasn’t the typical young adult book that I’ve read so many times. It had a solid storyline and world building, the pacing was excellent and the supporting cast was well fleshed out. Not to mention, there is a slow burn that happens between Penryn and Raffe that made Angelfall an absolute delight to read! There is no insta-love here folks. But what I like best about it – is that it starts out with a heavy dose of freaking snark!I was continually surprised by how unique the storyline was and each direction that was taken was something completely unexpected for me. I can honestly say I didn’t foresee many of these cool and creepy things that made up parts of this book.
The best element for me though was the fact that I did not feel like this was in any way a biblical or religious feeling book despite the fact that angels were a main plot point. I normally stay away from angel fiction because frequently those books can start to feel preachy and I can not stand when that happens. Thankfully, that is not something the reader has to worry about at all in Angelfall. You can just read and freaking enjoy the awesome mythos that Susan Ee has built. I for one am foaming at the mouth to read the next book World After!