Angelfall - 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.
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.
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I loved this book. I absolutely loved it. I requested it from the publisher and was absolutely over the moon when I got a response saying it was on its way and THANK YOU because I have officially found myself a new series to gush over! A young adult, post-apocalyptic novel filled to the brim with action, emotion, gore and the supernatural, I just couldn't put it down. It took me only three sittings to devour this book and it would have been so much less if it wasn't for the ridiculous amount of university work left!
We are immediately introduced to our protagonist Penryn; a 17 year old girl that has had to grow up far too quickly in this now destroyed world. She not only has to protect her mother and younger sister from the angels, but also has to feed and keep them moving out of the fear of being discovered. The angels had destroyed and taken control of Earth in the previous few months, with the world now hiding in fear and having transgressed years into the past. The behaviours are more primal and there are many inhumane events unfurling.
Penryn, whilst handling a mother that is frightened of her own demons and a sister that has lost the use of her legs, is caught off guard during their escape. This is where we are introduced to the archangel, Raffe. She attempts to help Raffe during the struggle he has against other angels that are cutting his wings off. During this process, the angels kidnap her baby sister and this is where the story truly begins.
It's such an action packed book, filled with twists and turns that just keep you turning the pages. We see the trust which slowly begins to grow between Raffe and Penryn, as well as the constant battle as to how much they can actually trust each other. With them both on their own missions; Raffe to get his wings back and Penryn to save her sister, it's so tense watching their relationship develop and seeing the struggles between the pair.
With many gruesome scenes developing throughout the book, it certainly strays away from the usual young adult novel. Susan Ee is certainly not afraid to make us squirm as we read through the novel. The ending was superb and I just can't wait to get the next book. A completely addictive read! I hope to see more of Penryn's mother in the next one, who is apparently insane. I think there is so much more to this than what meets the eye and I'm excited to read the next one.