(cover/synopsis from Goodreads.com)
By: Susan Ee
Publication: May 21st, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic
Recommends it for: Fans of the 5th Wave series and people who like scary movies & haunted houses.
Synopsis: 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.
~Note~: This book is very violent, with multiple terrifying scenes that involve much blood, gore, violence, and overall terror. I do not recommend this book for pre-teens or younger. Older teens and up should be okay when reading this.
Did you see the note above? I truly want to stress this before I go into my review: I’m 14 and some parts of this book scared the heck out of me. Grotesque and just overall creepy and inhuman things happen, the kind of things that can make you want to throw the book down and scream in horror. On the inside, at least.
With that said, Angelfall was AMAZING with a capital A.
Yes, besides the terror/violence, Angelfall had it all: amazingly crafted characters, little pecks of humor, blossoming romance, a believable post-apocalyptic world, and unflinching bravery from all of the characters, especially Penryn. This book was just done right, baby!
I like how topics from the real world such as mental illness were touched upon. Penryn had many opportunities to abandon both her delusional mother and and crippled sister, she could have left them at any time, she could have stopped caring and just assumed both were dead. But she didn’t. Honestly, if she had left them, Penyrn would have most likely had a 50% more chance of surviving on her own, without them. But, being the overall morally just and the teeny bit stubborn character she is, Penryn doesn’t abandon them. Angelfall is her journey to save the people who matter most to her. And if you’re not counted as someone who matters to her, be very, very afraid if you do anything to make her mad. Penryn is kick-butt, she will destroy you. I think she’s the toughest heroine out of all the books I have read, The Hunger Games and Divergent counted.
Raffe, Penryn’s angel love-interest, in my opinion, is a very complex character, and I’d just love to read the next book in his point of view. There must be so much more he knows about the angels and what caused them to attack, and honestly, I want to know what he sees when he looks at Penryn, in parallel to how she looks at him. He’s a three dimensional character, and I’m ready to learn more about his past as the story goes on.
Oh, and Susan Ee? You write action scenes perfectly! There were a couple times I could sense that the chapter I was reading was going to be epic in action, and I even had to put the book down a few times to savor some of the moments. I applaud you, Susan Ee!
Summing it up: I understand now why a new book is coming out in this series every year: The author wants to let all the horrifying and amazing things sink in before the readers continue the story. It’s bound to get more horrifying and more amazing at the same time. I need a break. Anybody got a cute contemporary book that will make me smile uncontrollably to recommend? Cause’ I need some sunshine after this, even though the storm that was Angelfall was epic and mind-blowing.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
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