Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee
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.
What I thought:
While reading, this was a strong four star read, bordering five, up until the very last word but as soon as I put it down I felt nothing but "Meh" with a shrug. I'm going to try to explain why.
It is captivating but not to the point where I couldn't put it down. Susan is amazing at creating a new, dystopian world for us, I don't necessarily like the new world but she does one heck of a job creating it. It is so very vivid and detailed.
Penryn is a great female main character, she fights and she survives. She's extremely loyal but she a little self preservation wouldn't hurt, but overall I love her and she's great .
Raffe on the other hand, he is a very likable character and there's nothing wrong particularly with him, he's just not that great. He leaves me confused more times than not, being mysterious and unreadable is kinda his thing and it's what makes him him, but it's taken a bit too far. Even if I think really hard and long about it I can't remember more than two facts about him: 1. His real name, 2. Who holds his heart. That's it. 254 pages with him in them and that's all I know about one of the main characters. I'm all for a mysterious guy but that is just too much for me.
My biggest issue with this book is; Why?! Heads up, some might see the following as a spoiler but for me to make my point there's no way around it.
Why are the angels even on earth? Nobody knows. They're throwing hell and killing off humans like they're vermin and the only guy who knew why is dead. And yet they keep going without appointing anyone who can talk to The Big Guy up there and ask all the important questions to stop this madness because apparently "angels aren't evil". Penryn asks why several times and is always met with a shrug, a blank stare or an "I don't know". I can't get over it, I just can't.
About the author:
Susan Ee has eaten mezze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.
Her debut novel was the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days series). Angelfall has been translated into 19 languages and the film rights have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe.
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