Angelfall

Angelfall

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Las Vegas, Nev. : Amazon Children's Publishing, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780761463276
0761463275
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Angel fall

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ADWithrow
Mar 11, 2017

Man. I really liked this. Penryn is a total badass.....but she also make sense. There are no magical ass kicking abilities.....no sudden progression in her capabilities. It all makes sense and fits the character/plot naturally. At no point was she useless or needing to be saved. She didn't go from being a rockstar to a damsel in distress just cause a cute guy was around. She held herself together and got on with business. How refreshing.

Raffe. Oh dear Raffe. I loved this character. He not overbearing but is a total alpha male and his banter with Penryn (whose never seemed to need an alpha male around) is wonderful. The relationship that develops is subtle and realistic. No insta-love at all. It is a slow burning, cautious growth of trust and companionship.

And the plot is no let down either. This was fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable

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akzfineart
Dec 02, 2016

Angelfall exceeded my expectations! The way Susan Ee took the story surprised me – and I loved every part of it. The world-building was phenomenal, and the writing exceptionally detailed. The protagonist’s journey allows the reader to experience this new, post-apocalyptic earth, and the difference between “World Before” and “World After” is really emphasized here. The author was not afraid of delving into the unknown or grotesque, and that was a huge hit for me!

The world-building was by far my favourite part. Every aspect was exceptionally detailed – I could imagine the empty buildings and the deafening silence. I saw Penryn wincing at the noise their family’s shopping cart makes along the abandoned streets. As well, the dialogue was on par. The novel starts some weeks after angels have descended onto Earth, so like Penryn, the reader is witness to how humans are adapting to this world of death, destruction and god-defying acts. I find it significant the author started not when earth is semi-peaceful, but after humans have gotten over that initial shock and are now returning to that primal urge for survival. This is more evident in the fact the author decides to begin the story when Penryn and her family are leaving their apartment – basically their life in the “World Before” – and starting anew.

I thought the plot was stable. Different points are made to the reader that Penryn would only venture into the Lion’s Den for her sister. At the time of her sister’s capture, their mother also disappears so the choice is seen here. Penryn loves both her mother and sister, but her decision is based on who needs who. Penryn’s relationship with her mother was deep and intriguing. The two’s interaction with each other provided a lot of insight on other characters, and made everything all the more dimensional.

Raffe is introduced in the beginning of the novel as an angel betrayed by his kind and saved by Penryn. Raffe then agrees to bring Penryn to where the angels are holding her sister. It’s clear these two are to be potential love interests, but romance is a secondary plot and moves at a realistic speed. Once they reach their destination it’s every person for him/herself – Raffe needs the angels for his detached wings and Penryn for her sister. Near the end, circumstances have Raffe grieving for Penryn, but the level of grief [which was high] I found unrealistic as the two had only 1-2 times visibly expressed their feelings for one another – although there was a lot of glances.

The author dived right into the more grotesque of subjects that are sometimes absent from YA novels. Particularly characters of physical and emotional flaws with a high chance of permanency. I found this made the world-building all the more solid – Susan Ee is creating a world that is new and cruel and only the strong can survive. The characters should represent this “World After”. The use of angels as a theme has been made truly original with the type of world Ee has constructed. I am excited to read the sequels, World After and End of Days. Susan Ee is a talented writer and I am eager to see what she plans to write about next.

I was provided a free ebook via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.

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ella_3
Oct 21, 2016

This book was just ok for me. Some parts were super exciting, and other parts were not. And in the ending, there was way too much going on for me to fully understand! I liked Penryn a lot. She is tough, smart, and cunning. I wasn't sure what to think of Raffe. Sometimes he saved her and was all nice. Other times he a bully to her. Overall, I recommend this book if you are interested in post- apocalypse stuff and sci fi.

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cbrooks13
Jun 20, 2016

One of my favorite books. It's really dark and the main character stays consistent and interesting. This book is mostly for older readers since it contains some very violent moments and some scary imagery but nonetheless, it gripped me and I couldn't stop reading.

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sprodri7
Jan 12, 2016

I enjoyed this book and looked forward to read the next two. The characters are well defined and easy to like, the story has a good sequence and keeps you wondering what will happened.

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sleepybookworm
Jan 04, 2016

I read this book in '14 and reread it last year. Both times I read Angelfall, I absolutely loved the story. Penryn is an awesome character, who, despite everything around her, remains a strong minded girl. Through thick and thin Penryn remains the badass young woman that she is.

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nidofito
Jan 01, 2016

I don't know. There are conflicting emotions in me because the story of Penryn's childhood and her reflections regarding her life are awesome to read. And the beginning is really strong and the ending was exciting. But I'm afraid Angelfall wasn't really able to hold my attention halfway and onwards.

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KevenKanten
Oct 09, 2015

Sure, parts of the story, for a more experienced, older reader, make the story unrealistic but for a purely exciting story of alien/supernatural contact combined with the challenge of a post-apocalyptic world, the perspective from a young girl is completely refreshing. It is a fast and enjoyable read. I am already reading the second in the trilogy (if it stops at three).

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 07, 2015

Breathtaking. This is a book for everyone. The characters, the plot, the setting will draw you in and not let go.

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Trickster_Coyote
Mar 23, 2015

Amazingly well written and engaging. I read it in one sitting - the whole book is fast paced and exiting. There are also some genuine horror aspects - the low demons, for example.

There're also some nods to angel mythology that show the author really did her research - and make the book even creepier. I won't spoil anything here, but I suggest looking into the biblical meaning of Laylah.

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 07, 2015

Penryn Young: "I used to think they were all sweet and kind.”
Raffe: “Why would you think that? Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities. Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic.”

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 07, 2015

“I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 07, 2015

“My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 04, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: frightening or intense scenes

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Schoolgurl95
Aug 04, 2015

Violence: some violence

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