Book: Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & The End of Days
Date Published: May 21st, 2011
Date Started: April 16th, 2015
Date Finished: April 21st, 2015
It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.
Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…
Holy crap, this book has been sitting on my TBR for years. And I mean that literally. I got this book for free when it first came out, when I first got my kindle. I was just downloading books to build up my collection. I never got around to it because I always pushed it away, thinking its a free book, its not going to be that great. But then the Quarterly book club came around, and I decided to do a buddy read with my friend Nina over at Water and Words. And I have to say, this one blew me away. It was so much better than I had anticipated.
So this book blew up in the YA world around 2012. Everyone loved it! Thinking about it now, its like, why didn’t I ever just sit down and read this book? I think its partially due to the fact that I might have been burned out on books featuring Angels and Nephilim. I’ve read so many thanks to books like City of Bones, Hush Hush, etc. It was a phase I was going through, I guess.
One thing that I noticed was that a lot of books featuring Angels always had one theme in common: they were waiting for this impending doom. It was always people rushing to beat the clock in order to prevent a giant war or some apocalypse. The thing that I liked about this book was the fact that the doom has already happened. Earth has been ravaged by angels and now its all about survival. I also liked that the Angels were the bad guys, and not just the one angel thats gone rogue or something.
Another one of my favorite things about this book was the love plot. Theres this part where Penryn is questioning why Raffe didn’t come to her rescue, and I feel like this was really important. It wasn’t instant love between them or anything, in fact they kind of hated each other but it wasn’t like this awkward sexual tension. It was something that creeped in slowly, and I liked that. When it comes to relationships, I feel like thats more realistic. Also with Raffe not rescuing her, I liked that he did that. It made me believe that he felt like she could handle her own battles. This made me respect Raffe so much more because its something that I personally value in a relationship, trusting me to fight my own battles and not trying to rescue me every time something goes bad.
This book had a lot of action and I really liked it. In a dystopian setting, where everyone is trying to survive, I feel like books sometimes have this downtime where everything is safe and nothing bad can happen but the love plot. This book didn’t do that. In this setting, you never know who is good or bad, when things are going to get bad. The only thing that mattered to Penryn was finding her little sister, and I liked that she had her priorities straight. She always made good decisions, even if they sometimes didn’t have the best consequences.
Its funny that I could go from having low expectations to having high expectations of a book. I really wish I had read this book a long time ago when I first got it, but its never too late. This book got me back to a genre that I used to really love. I recommend this book whole heartedly, and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. They’re pretty cheap on ebooks on amazon, so check it out!