I truly enjoyed Angelfall; it was a thrilling, fast paced story. Yet, I find myself questioning whether it deserves the massive amount of hype it has.
Set in my hometown, suburban San Fransisco, Angelfall takes place 6 weeks after angels destroy human civilization. Our protagonist, 17-year-old Penryn, is devastated after watching the angels capture her helpless younger sister Paige. With an attempt to save her sister, she makes a deal with an injured, wingless angel.
One of the main concerns I had with Angelfall was Susan Ee’s decision to set it 6 weeks after the angel attack. I’m sure she had a logical reason for doing so, but, to me, the decision just didn’t make sense. It’s obvious Ee tried to make her book as action-filled as humanly possible; but I felt it would have been easier for her to get action-filled scenes if she set the story during the attack instead of after. (Bonus: That would also explain why the angels attacked in the first place, a fact I found oddly overlooked).
Penryn was a heroine I strongly admired. She reminded me quite a bit of Katniss Everdeen in the fact that she is independent, a survivalist, and is fiercely loyal to those she loves. (And, of course, they both kick some serious ass). It’s definitely not hard to like this fierce young lady.
The romance between Penryn and angel Raffe is something that is highly regarded throughout the book community; and I can’t say I quite understand why. Their romance is not one that particularly stands out among others in the same genre, and, while I found it to be sweet and entertaining, I can’t say I shipped it as much as the next person.
However, I must comment on Ee’s wonderful quotes and the sporadic humor throughout the novel, something I wasn’t necessarily expecting but found myself enjoying nonetheless.
“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”
I wish I could understand why Angelfall is as hyped as it is, I really do, but, unfortunately, it felt a bit generic to me.