01 December 2011

REVIEW: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Publisher: Feral Dream
21 May 2011
255 Pages

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.

R E V I E W :

This book submerges us into the story from the very beginning. Penryn and her family, which consists of an insane mother and wheelchair-bound little sister, choose to risk running into supernatural creatures, which have taken over earth, by leaving their building during the night instead of going out in the daytime which would bring them to the more common risk of being caught by gangs. Whom have taken over the streets. Or at least seem to.

Susan Ee brings us information about this post-apocalyptic world she created in manageable pieces, but sometimes I thought she over-explained Penryn's mommy issues. But Penryn's mother is very complicated. Although seemingly completely loco, and not in the good way, she had a genuine love for her two children and it could be felt through her actions.

Beware: There was some gory and disturbing scenes in this book, but not to worry, Susan Ee didn't go into too much detail on those.

Something, not sure what, annoyed me about Penryn's voice and how she narrated the story (this book is in first person, by the way), but not to the point that I stopped reading, and good thing too because this is now one of my favorite supernatural/dystopian books.

I also liked the romance in this one, which means, it was subtle and took awhile to grow. In fact, it's still growing and there was not, it seemed, a single mention of the word love between the two main protagonists, Penryn and Raffie. But through their actions, one can tell they cared for one another.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to say that I'm thankful that I did not have to wade through a hormonal teenager's inane thoughts and pondering. Too busy concentrating on survival and rescuing her young sister, Penryn didn't analyze every single thing that Raffie did and why, like most young adult novels. Which I found refreshing. In fact, I barely thought about the romance between the two. But that's not to say it wasn't there. People who want to read a book with romance will like this too. Unless you're looking for the we-met-five-seconds-ago-but-now-we're-creepy-obsessed-in-love.

please comment on my review. pointers, advice, and constructive critism is very much appreciated. thanks!

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