Review

"Angelfall"

"Angelfall"

Angelfall

by Susan Ee

Genre: YA Post-Apoclyptic
Published: Susan Ee
by Self-Published

three-half-stars

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Summary:

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 - 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.

Review:

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. β€œMy 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.

three-half-stars

3 thoughts on “"Angelfall"

  1. I think of this series as one of my guilty pleasures. It has its weaknesses, but something about it keeps me turning the pages.

    I just finished the second book in the series, and I have a feeling Ee knows exactly where she’s going with all this. I think things are going to get even more complex in subsequent installments!

  2. This book is one of my all-time favorites, and I totally agree with how you view Penryn as fierce and kick-ass! I personally agree with all the hype, but I guess it is a bit generic with it “two species fall in love” theme πŸ˜€ And I absolutely adore the quote you selected! Have you read the other two in this series? I personally think they are even better (in some ways, like plot,character building, backgroud info) than the first book!

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