Friday, 7 February 2014

Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Published May 23rd 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
Paperback, 325 Pages
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.
Travelling 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.
I don’t know what possessed me to pick this up but I'm glad I did as it exceeded my expectations and now I'm unsure to why I put off reading it for so long. I remember buying this book when it was on offer on Amazon for £3.85, don’t you just love it when they have amazing deals? It’s even better when you end up loving the book.

So often in literature angels are put on a pedestal for being high and mighty but in Angelfall that isn't the case. Susan Ee has bravely taken a 180 from this tradition and turned them into something so gruesome that even the bravest of people will quiver in fear from these unearthly creatures. Let’s put it this way, some of the scenes in this book absolutely petrified me and I've came to realise that I wouldn't survive 10 minutes in an apocalypse. 

Angelfall starts off in the midst of an apocalypse which threatens to wipe out humanity for good. As you would imagine with any post-apocalyptic novel this has heart stopping action right from the offset and it never seems to end. A warning to all: You will be kept on the edge of your seat. This was an unpredictable read as one wrong move from the characters and it could all change in a matter of moments.

Penryn is a total badass; this girl takes shit from no one! As a reader you can’t help but admire her loyalty and determination when it comes down to keeping her family safe. And then there’s Raffe, an archangel who’s suffering with the loss of his wings but still has the most wonderful sense of humour. However, he’s equally as menacing as he is humorous so you can never be too sure what to expect from him. Penryn and Raffe’s unlikely partnership was a highlight for me as it was interesting two mortal enemies form an alliance in order to help one and other. In the beginning there was nothing but hate between these two characters but as they bonded on their journeys you could see a new found respect start to form for each other. Their banter was on point and I thoroughly enjoyed their witty conversations.

Susan has created something incredible here and deserves all the recognition she can get. You can tell that she has put in the time to research Angels extensively in order to write a realistic scenario that doesn’t stray too far away from their original mythology. This book was fast paced, beautifully written and there was never a dull moment. You won’t want to put it down!

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