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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days) Paperback – August 28, 2012
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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.
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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. The angelic lore is familiar, but nicely done, with the Biblical elements not over nor understated. The romance between the characters builds slowly, with none of the immediate "Love (or obsession) at First Sight" nonsense from so many novels out there today. It is also not one of the happy-ever-after books out there, at least at this point in the series. The action and the horror elements are the icing on the cake -- make no mistake, its not a book for weak of heart (or stomach, for that matter). Because of some of the horror involved, I would suggest this book may be more in the PG-13 arena than for a much younger pre-teen audience. Its not gory exactly, but there are some graphic and bloody moments.
My only hope is that it isn't too long before the next installment comes out, so I can stay up all night reading the next chapter in Penryn's story!
I love that the main character is a strong and determined girl. She doesn't go weak when she feels like things are not going her way and she continues to fight for what and who she believes in. Being able to have that consistency throughout the entire book is refreshing!
There were a couple disturbing parts and with me having children is made me sad. To make me feel an emotion and relate it to my life makes this Author a great one.
The book was very well written and there were almost no spelling or grammar mistakes. It's hard to read a book when you don't know who is talking or what is going on solely because of simple written mistakes.
I am excited to read the next book and see where the author takes us. I highly recommend this book!
I found my diamond in the rough.
So, I read Hush, Hush, suffice to say I wasn't to keen on reading another angel book after such a disappointment. Though I was reluctant, I still added this book to my TBR a couple months ago and it has been sitting in my library for about as long, waiting for me to finally take the plunge. I was in need of something new and this effing blew my mind!!!!
I'm so angry at myself for not reading this sooner! This book was amazing. Truly, an amazing book. I don't know how else to say it. I tend to find these books that are nothing like I expect, and this, this makes me happy.
I know this kind of sounds pretty far fetched, but this book surprised me in a lot of ways. The major point was how FREAKING AWESOME Penryn was!
Hello, best heorine I have ever read? How you doin'?
This chick blew my mind! She was strong, loyal, smart, funny, needed some serious help in the wit department and above all that she was totally BADASS!!!! Everything she did, I was behind her every step of the way. Not once did I question her motives or thought she was annoying. She was consistent and true from start to finish. It was beautiful! *I think I may have my first girl crush on a fictional female character!*
Then, we have Raffe. Oh my gosh. He had me rolling with his arrogant, witty, sarcastic comments! This guy was the bees knees. I liked him a whole lot but I feel as though I need to know more about him. Who would have thought the day would come where I'm raving more about a heroine than the hero? Definitely not I! But my heart did break for him though.... The last 10% my heart was in my hand and I was holding it out to him because he owned it by then.
This plot, was nicely built. I felt the impending doom from the start. My heart was getting confused from all the crazy it was being put through. The story started with a fight scene and then in between all those action packed moments where there were too many close calls for my liking... gaaaahhh!!! I just wanted to find some damn spoilers to save me the stress. But alas, the pull of the story won out and I resisted.
Boy am I glad I resisted because there were some serious moments where I loved the element of surprise! The story had a nice balance though, lots of action and intense moments but there was also a lot of sweet and ROTFL moments. This girl, was a riot, Raffe too. I loved their banter.
I highly recommend reading this, but I must give some fair warning. This book was a bit dark, it had some cringe worthy moments. I was a bit put off but I've read worse so I was able to get through. Some may not find it as great, but really once you get past that, which comes later down in the story, it's actually pretty wonderful. The darkness actually adds to the authenticity of the plot. But that's just me...
Anyway, this book was awesome and I will be starting book 2 ASAP!
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