Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1
Publisher: Feral Dream (Self-Published) on May 21st, 2011
Genre(s): Dystopian (YA), Supernatural (YA)
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.
Six weeks ago, Angels descended from Heaven and proceeded to destroy the Earth. The world watched in horror as the Messenger of God, Gabriel, was shot down from the sky and an army of angels attacked. Now, it’s survival of the fittest. Penryn, her crippled little sister, Paige, and her paranoid schizophrenic mom are trying to stay safe in a world where violent street gangs run the day and murderous angels run the night.
It’s time to move from the condo they lived in and they venture out, only to be intercepted by a group of angels. It’s five angels against one angel and Penryn witnesses them cut off the lone angel’s wings. When Penryn moves to defend, one of the five takes her sister and flies off into the night.
Penryn decides she needs the angel to get her sister back, so she helps the now wingless angel, Raffe. In exchange for saving him and his wings, he needs to get her to her sister. They work together to get to the aerie (angel headquarters); hopefully to save Paige and get Raffe’s wings sewn back on.
Holy crap this book was awesome!
Penryn is kickbutt. Kickbutt in a Katniss Everdeen/Annabeth Chase/Black Widow/Hit Girl type kickbutt. She is a trained fighter, but she doesn’t fight because she wants to, she fights because she needs to. She is clearly attracted to Raffe but she doesn’t let that stop her from her true goal, saving her sister. She’s clever and resourceful. Raffe is tortured (obviously. his wings are no longer connected to his body!) but he’s not standard YA novel angsty. He’s likeable, he’s funny and he’s not a creepy controlling stalker!
Penryn’s mother is crazy as hell and there is some hinting that she may be the reason that Paige is crippled. She has an obsession with rotten eggs, hears voices, speaks in tongues, and may or may not play with dead bodies.
The only thing YA about this book is Penryn’s age. It does not shy away from horror and gore. (there are several triggers in this book if you need the warning) Talk of dead children, cannibals, child abuse, and experimental surgeries, and things get pretty descriptive. The hint of romance between Penryn and Raffe is just that, a hint. There are no sexytimes but it was not missed. What it lacks in romance it makes up in death, destruction, and blood.
The book jumps right into the action and doesn’t stop until the end. I devoured this book and probably would have gotten through it in a few hours if not for work, children, and other boring adult responsibilities. This will be a series so it does end in a bit of a cliff hanger.
It was an interesting take on angels and Nephilim (they are definitely not demon hunters.) and a post-apocalyptic world.
Go read this book! Now! Right now!