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Susan Ee
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August 28, 2012 Penryn & the End of Days Book 1 (Book 1)
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 Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

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From Publishers Weekly

In Ee’s gritty debut, which stars a heroine with backbone, angels of the apocalypse seek revenge against humans for killing the Archangel Gabriel, and street gangs have taken over Silicon Valley. Seventeen-year-old Penryn lives with (and cares for) her wheelchair-bound sister, Paige, and their paranoid schizophrenic mother. While attempting to escape their apartment to find safety, Paige is kidnapped by an angel. At the moment of the abduction, Penryn meets Raffe, an angel whose wings have been cut off by the angels who take Paige. Hoping Raffe might know where Paige is, Penryn reluctantly nurses him back to health, and the two join forces, traveling to the angels’ “aerie” in San Francisco to recover Paige and repair Raffe’s wings; along the way, they are captured by a dangerously anarchic army of the human resistance. Smartly conceived details (for example, there’s a bounty on angel body parts, turning them into a commodity) feel fresh in this apocalyptic romance that’s sustained by well-developed characters, atmosphere, and strong writing. Ee leaves plenty to discover in a planned sequel. Ages 14–up. Publisher's Weekly August 2012

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Six weeks ago, the apocalypse began with angels coming down from heaven, killing and terrorizing humans in revenge for their killing the Archangel Gabriel and taking over the world. Now, 17-year-old Penryn, her wheelchair-bound sister Paige, and their schizophrenic mother are trying to survive in a world taken over by vigilantes and angels. When Paige is kidnapped by warrior angels, Penryn makes a deal with an injured enemy angel to help her find her sister. Susan Ee has spun a gripping tale (Amazon Children's Pub., 2012) that will rivet listener and narrator Caitlin Davies gives each character a distinct voice. A fine addition to school and public library collections.-Elizabeth L Kenyon, Merrillville High School, INα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Penryn & the End of Days Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761463275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761463276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,444 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Ee has eaten mezze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Her debut novel was the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days series). Angelfall has been translated into 19 languages and the film rights have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe.

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289 of 301 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH a great book!! July 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Its 4:30 in the morning as I write this, and I have just finished reading Angelfall. I started reading it this evening, thinking it would be just another YA novel -- good, but typical of the recently popular genre. I ended up enjoying it SO much I finished it in one sitting, and I had to immediately write up the review.

There have been several popular supernatural themes popping up over the last several years, from vampires and werewolves to faeries, witches and angels. I have personally not been a fan of the angel theme so far -- although it seems to be increasing in its popularity. However, if they begin being as good as this one, they might win me over.

Angelfall begins in a post-apocalyptic time -- think along the lines of McCarthy's 'The Road,' or The Book of Eli -- after an "armageddon" initiated by angels. The reader doesn't really discover exactly why this has happened, although there are some hints provided along the way. The heroine, Penryn, is a tough-but-vulnerable mix, along the lines of Buffy or Katniss. Her mother is a wonderful character addition in the book -- a schizophrenic that swings between being wonderfully brilliant and creepily crazy. The 'hero' is a tough/sarcastic guy who remains likable yet mysterious throughout. The story line follows Penryn as she journeys to save her crippled younger sister, who has apparently been abducted by angels.

What sets this book apart is not only the richness of the variety of characters, but the layers of themes and histories that make up the story. There is simply so much there to explore -- from Penryn's history with her mother, to her sister's injury, to the mysteries surrounding Raffe and the and the events leading up to the apocalypse itself.
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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standout characters and unique storytelling style May 24, 2011
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If dark urban fantasy is a genre, Susan Ee's Angelfall is the best example of it that I've come across this year. Angelfall is dark, though not oppressively so, and it's fun to read even at times when the characters aren't having fun at all. Maybe even especially at those times. Even though it's a few weeks after the end of the world and what's left of society is going downhill fast, I still found the book not just entertaining but fun...a lot more so than, say, The Road, though at times the situations aren't any less grim.

The book itself has an overall feel reminiscent of Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros stories, if, say, the Alph had won the big battle on the first page. Ee evokes a world, through snatches of imagery and introspection and conversation, where survival means working around/with/in hiding from several distinct outside forces, each with its own well-considered agenda. Characters' near-obsessive motivations are tempered by physical limitations, constant fear and danger that can come from behind, above or below at any time. This is not a violent book per se, by my standards at least, but it doesn't shy away when violence is called for by the story. It's also not the kind of story where super-powerful characters whale on each other until it's time for the good guy to win.

The thing that makes this story stand out from the crowd is its characters, and the characters in this book are right up there in the Stackhouse/Kate Daniels/Anita Blake league. While Penryn Young, Angelfall's narrator/main character, shares some attributes with all of these very different female hero characters, I'd say in my view she most reminds me of the Hunter Kiss character from the Marjorie Liu series of the same name...minus the tattoos.
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116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step aside, Hunger Games! May 23, 2011
By Jess
Format:Kindle Edition
Totally captivating, a thrilling read, couldn't put it down!!

The pacing is furious and excellent. The relationship between Penryn and the angel a classic, filled with mistrust, desire and intrigue. The mother is hilarious (and terrifying). Very fresh and mysterious angel mythos, with pieces of the puzzle coming out throughout the book, always leaving you wanting to know more.

Ee sets up a world that has descended into madness, her writing always extremely visual and intoxicating, so close at hand it is searing.

Never a dull moment. Instantly engaging and breathtaking, all the way to multiple climaxes.

My teenage kids read Hunger Games like it was Sunday breakfast, but this book scared the hell out of them.

Read it if you dare!
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103 of 125 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good - with WARNINGS! October 5, 2011
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This is more of a YA horror/thriller paranormal novel with outstanding world building and well developed characters.

The actions will keep you absolutely glued to the book, reading as quickly as you can in order to turn to the next page - to find out what happens next.

I don't usually enjoy a novel that is done in mostly the 1st person narrative style - but this author pulled it off fantastically. You see and feel everything that Penryn does! The book draws you in despite the gore and terror. You just can't stop reading!

The plot, world building, characterization, and writing style are unigue and compelling.

WARNINGS:
This book will give you chills and possibly nightmares - it's that well done. Even though it was late when I finished the book - I went back and started to reread one of my more humorous, feel-good books so that I did not go to sleep with this novel on my mind.

I would not recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 16 and only then if they are mature enough to handle a horror story (think Stephen King for YA). It is definitely not for the sensitive type.

There is no real HEA - this is just a start to a series and I have a feeling that Penryn has a long way to go.

Why I rated this book only a 3:
I reserve 4 or 5 star ratings for books that I consider keepers - which I may reread again. While this book was an actual well written novel, I have no desire to continue the series - reading about the world situation now gives me enough chills and nightmares! I do and have read novels that have a lot more gore and/or violence in them but this novel was just so unnerving that I do not want to go back for more.

Am I sorry I purchased the novel - yes and no. Yes, it was a well written page-turner. No, I really could do without the post-apocalyptic, armageddon world that still comes to mind every now and then.
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Perfect condition! Nothing to worry about even for paperbacks!
Published 1 day ago by Lauren Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love!!!! Kept me interested from the very first page until the very last.
Published 1 day ago by Shalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad...
This book was recommend to me by a friend, since I love post apocalyptic reads... was a bit slow, hoping the sequel is better.
Published 2 days ago by Tia Rantula
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I must admit I can be lazy about writing reviews, even when the books are worthy. This book demands a review. I read that Susan Ee used to be a lawyer. Read more
Published 3 days ago by tambee921
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 4.5 stars.
I truly enjoyed this paranormal dystopy. I loved the MC's and the workl building and mythology was well written and intriguing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Anjena
4.0 out of 5 stars so very good
I truly enjoyed this novel. It's been awhile since anything has kept me up all night. Great read! Now onto book 2!
Published 3 days ago by anchor
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know that this is a great book and when I finished I wasn't...
I mean, look, I don't know that this is a great book and when I finished I wasn't sure how to rate it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by melmoiselle
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
This book was a great read from start to finish. The writing was solid, the characters were believable, and the plot was interesting. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rarity
5.0 out of 5 stars it was really good because their was problems at every turn if it ...
it was really good because their was problems at every turn if it wasn't angels then it was family if not them then thugs and if not them then love it self
Published 7 days ago by Tony Adams Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars enthrawling
Couldn't put it down, had to know what happened next. We'll written and great storyline. Will need to read the next one
Published 10 days ago by Anna Shirlaw
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Angelfall book 2 COMING fall 2013 !!!
OMGoodness, it's about time! For those of us, who keep checking for the next installment, we can relax and wait...patiently.
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