Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee
Its 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.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Kelly - 4 crowns
Angelfall is a creative dystopian, post-apocalyptic, fight for survival thrill ride with a dark paranormal twist. Frightful, grotesque and delightfully riveting. - Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog
Who will guard against the guardians?
I am simply stunned and a little freaked out if I'm being completely honest. I need to take a breather and float back down to reality after this little number. Imagine, ‘The Hunger Games’ meets ‘28 Days Later’ and you will get the idea. This is a story of human survival in its rawest of forms.
Penryn, although young, is a strong voice in this post apocalyptic story of human eradication by an unlikely of foe. The Angels have given up their guardianship and become our most deadliest of enemies, although there is a rogue among the ranks...
Raffe is one incredible character, albeit elusive and deadly, he still gave us beauty in a world so grotesquely violent and dark, that I couldn't pull myself away. A world where humans are nothing more than monkeys. Desolation, the new world order - starvation, homelessness and easy pickings for the once revered, the fight for survival comes as strength in numbers as street gangs rule the day.
With the double threat to her family, Penryn’s fierce will to protect runs deep, as she succumbs to the new hand that life has dealt her. Her actions are valiant as she struggles to keep her wheelchair bound little sister and schizophrenic mother together.
When she witnesses an out-numbered fight between four giant warrior Angels and a lone Angel with the snowy wings, her burning hatred takes a nose-dive when the Angel is left bleeding to death on the cold ground, his wings cut, discarded as they lay broken by his side. She makes a decision to help him, yet her meddling comes with its own set of consequences when one of the warrior Angel’s takes her little sister as retribution.
Having no choice but be thrown together, Penryn and Raffe make a pact. Penryn needs him to help her find her Sister, while Raffe needs to enlist the help of an Angel medic to get his wings back. There is only one destination that they will find these answers, as they head off towards San Francisco aka ‘Angel capital.’ With very few resources, the travel by foot is grueling, thwarted with danger at every turn... and street gangs are just the tip of the iceberg.
I adore anything Angel and I don't mind a badass. I’m a huge fan of Nalini Singh and her Guild-Hunter series, so I can take the good with the bad, but considering Angelfall is marketed as a YA book, I wasn’t quite prepared for the sheer level of darkness this book exuded. The potent and sordid twist on the Angel genre was tangible, to the point that I was afraid of what would happen next. This is an unpredictable story that incorporates so many elements that make for a thrilling read. The romantic element is very light, but the undertones are there, nonetheless. So my advice: Don't be fooled by the YA tag with this one... call me a wimp if you must, but I will be sleeping with the light on! ;)