Angelfall by Susan Ee
Publication date: May 21st 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Number of pages: 283
Series: Penryn and the End of Days (1#)
Date finished: 3rd October
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.
Angels vs humans apocalypse…that’s new.
Me being me typically read the synopsis ages ago and put it on a mental TBR list. Then, fitting in with the typical pattern I have, promptly forgot what Angelfall is about. But bought it anyway because it was so drenched it hype and I remembered that I thought it sounded really good. Angelfall kept peeking out at me from all over the book blogging world. Five star review followed by five star review and so on. I come to Goodreads and find that all my Goodreads friends have rated it five stars.
To get that many fantastic ratings it must be a good book, right? Then, recalling coming across it on the Kindle store, dived back onto the store and found it again. Sure enough, same cheap price. Sold.
I could instantly tell why Angelfall is so popular. It is very much like Divergent (by Veronica Roth) in the way that the action is CONSTANT. I know that many dystopian books receive comparisons and quotes about their similarities to Divergent and The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) but I geniunely believe that they are alike pacing wise. I don’t know if I have enough fingers to count how many times I have seen “*such and such* is the next Hunger Games” etc.
When I glanced at the quotes in the front of the book saying things like “I couldn’t stop reading…”, “I was up early in the morning…”, I kind of felt along the lines of “there’s no way I’ll read it that fast” but lo and behold: I started it late at night and finished early next morning. Sleeping in between.
While I am attempting to count how many dystopian book comparisons I’ve seen, I may as well try and count how many times I’ve come across really strong heroines. In dystopian books especially. I guess they kind of complete the dystopian books though becuase a weak character who does nothing would be kind of boring. But Penryn was a pretty good character, absolutely determined to find her sister and she didn’t let her mother interfere with that. Even if she did let a certain character distract her.
Angelfall is a MUST for dystopian book fans. Just as long as you like fast paced books, you will probably take to this. I can’t give it the full five stars though because there is just something missing, and although I can’t identify what that is, I just can’t give it the rating I want to.
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