Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

If you are a fan of the Hunger Games then be prepared for a no “reality show” look at the post-apocalyptic world faced by Penryn.  She is just a young girl searching for her stolen sister and willing to make a deal with even a fallen angel to get her back.  The natural and un-natural perils that Penryn faces are nothing compared to the emotional pain that she has to endure as well.  The depth and detail that the author gives to her character’s histories, and the character makeup themselves, are part of what makes this story so interesting.

The Biblical elements of the book are not overly pushed and is blended well into the storyline with the histories of all the characters.  There is graphic violence and some romance but it is mostly a hard-driving look a survival in an unforgiving world.  I found this book to be very well written.  I was a little hesitant to read another book in a series, since I have a hard time keeping up with all the other series books that I read.  I am so happy that I gave this story a chance.  I found the character of Penryn refreshing and her strength inspiring.  This book is marketed toward teens (contains mature content) but has enough excitement and depth of content that even adult readers will enjoy the story.  I will be following this series.

 

Product description from Amazon:

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.

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