Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee


Title: Angelfall
Series: Penryn and the End of Days
Book #: One
Author: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 21, 2011
Source: Bought

Format: Kindle E-book
My Rating:  
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
I only read this book because (a) it was $0.99 on my Amazon kindle app, and (b) I was stranded without a book in a time of need (unbelievable, I know). Recently, I hadn't had much luck with angel novels, and I was tad bit reluctant to suffer through another ridiculous reincarnation, forbidden love story. Now, I cannot express how glad I am that I gave this book a shot. I mean, wow. It was nothing like I thought it would be. Angels are a tricky category to tackle, but Ee did it with an entirely new and intriguing perspective. Gorgeous warrior angels AND post-apocalyptic societies? I am so there.

The religious aspect of any angel novel is a bit slippery- lean too far one way and an author ends up offending his or her audience. However, I thought Ee did a fine job of splitting the fantastical from the religious. Besides, these angels aren't exactly... well, angelic. They're harbingers of doom, ethereal messengers of the world's end. 

Our headstrong survivor, Penryn, reminds me a great deal of the infamous Katniss Everdeen, and that's high praise. Even though the world came crashing down only weeks ago, Penryn has been learning to survive since she was young. Her mentally disturbed mother forced her to take self defense classes, and as a result, we have one kick arse heroine. On the other hand, her traveling companion is one of the destroyers. Although he's lost his wings, I was never sure if we could trust the angel Raffe. I loved and distrusted him at the same time. However, by the end of the story, I was head over heels for the mysterious hunk. 

Angelfall is definitely not for the faint of heart- gore and extreme violence permeate almost every chapter. The cannibalistic parts had me gagging out loud. There are also some weird creatures, from scorpion-angels to mutated children. Talk about a freak show.

I absolutely adore post-apocalyptic novels, and they don't get much better than Angelfall. I'd practically throw this novel at any fan of The Hunger Games or other tales of desperation and survival.