Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)
by Susan Ee
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published May 21st 2011 by Feral Dream
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.
Angelfall is not your typical post-apocalyptic angel YA fantasy book. Heck, I'm not even sure if there are other post-apocalyptic books that features angels as the cause of the devastation. Sure, there are some angel books where the angels want to annihilate the existence of humanity, but in no book does these angels succeed.
In Angelfall, the readers are transported into a post-apocalyptic world defaced by angels. Penryn, along with her wheelchair-bound younger sister and mentally unstable mother (mentally unstable as in someone-who-talks-to-the-devil-and-puts-lipstick-and-draws-six-pointed-stars-to-corpses-just-because type of mentally unstable) strive to survive the dismantled world. However, an encounter with a fight between an angel and five others separated their family. Her younger sister was abducted by the angels while her mother escaped. One of the angels lay unconscious in the aftermath, stripped off of wings. And in the hopes of finding her sister, Penryn decided to save him.
It's been so long since I read a book that has rendered me absolutely speechless. Angelfall's awesomeness was entirely unexpected, something that made it all the more surprising. Angelfall also has no boring page. The good scenes just keep coming and coming. It is action-packed, and the heroine is a badass. Both Penryn and Raffe are very likable characters. Penryn's mom is a serious case of nut, but I find her amusingly creepy. Other than her, there are also some more gruesome vivid scenes that may not be appropriate for the weak-hearted.
Also, original plot. And no insta-love! I like that Raffe and Peryn's relationship developed gradually. Although there's no clear signs of romance, the hints are everywhere. Overall, Angelfall is a captivating read that is capable of transporting you right into its world and keep you there long after you finish reading it.
Rating: 5/5 stars!!!!!