Thursday, August 23, 2012
SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - "Angelfall" by Susan Ee
From Goodreads - 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
Stories about the Apocalypse are not new and neither are stories about Angels, Archangels more specifically. So the beginning of the story is not surprising, but I guess what did get me was how slowly but surely Susan Ee got me involved with her characters, Penryn and Raffe. (On a side note, I have a friend who lives in the little town of Penryn and I think it's a hoot that the character is named after that small area off the I-80). They are brought together by desperate circumstance, two "enemies" that need each other to survive. I appreciate Penryn's courage, determination, maturity, loyalty and survival skills. There is plenty of action and suspense. There are parts of the story that reminded me a little of the movie, The Terminator.
It has been a while since I've been this surprised by a book. Admittedly, I kept pushing this one down on the TBR list because I got it dirt cheap on Amazon. Yes, it's a silly bias since I've read some pretty great books that have been either free or very inexpensive. This one is a little treasure. Just, wow. Susan Ee creates a world that is terrifying where violence, inhumanity, political intrigue and a strong dose of science fiction terror abound. There were times that I had a white-knuckle grip on my Kindle and plenty of instances where I gasped during a scene. Yes, I actually gasped out loud.
The hardest part about this book is although there is an appropriate ending, know that this is the beginning of a trilogy and so there are plenty of questions left unanswered. Can't wait for the sequel!
IN A NUTSHELL:
If you like dystopian YA stories, this one will leave you wanting for more. Highly, highly recommended.