Book review 10 - Angelfall by Susan Ee

Pages: 284
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication date: January 1, 2011
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.
My thoughts:

This book is so beautiful. It wasn’t before reading Angelfall that i realized that I love Angels. Angels are my favourite supernatural being.

Characters? Fantastic. There are so few main characters and yet they are all treated as so important. Even characters you meet for 2 chapters are written so well that you get their entire personality and you are left knowing exactly who they are and it’s amazing. Penryn is one of my favourite characters because she is incredibly REAL. She wants to save her family. That’s it. She wants to do everything she can to save her family. She wants an end to the apocalypse yes, but her main priority is to save her family, not the world. 

Writing? EXCELLENT! Like when you can FEEL what a character is feeling when it’s not even them who is narrating? That’s amazing talent. You have to be an excellent writer to make readers feel things that they aren’t even being described.

The world building and plot itself is great. It’s really nice to see an apocalypse that is so fresh. It’s only been 6 weeks since the Angels came so you get to see the slow falling apart of the world. The Angels themselves are one of my favourite parts of the book. I will never get old of the fallen angels storyline and this book featured it heavily. They are complicated and really a great plot point. There is little dialogue in this book and yet you feel all the unspoken conversations and words. Again, it takes extreme talent to be able to have 2 book characters have a conversation without really having it. 

This book met and far exceeded any expectations I had for it.


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