Angelfall: 1 MP3 CD – Unabridged, 23 December 2014
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"Penryn is a refreshing and realistic heroine in this moody dystopian universe, which Susan Ee captures through gritty and electrifying prose...a captivating read." --TIME
"Dark, romantic, and compulsively readable--Penryn and the End of Days offers readers a new breed of angels to love and fear. I am officially obsessed." --Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
"Susan is a brilliant writer. She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters." --Sam Raimi, director, producer, and writer
"Slick, fast, and hip...will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Twilight." --Guardian
"What if angels weren't the good guys we thought them to be? Susan Ee's beautifully written debut follows Penryn, a 17-year-old trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic California ravaged by angels. When her sister is kidnapped, Penryn must rescue her with the help of an injured angel named Raffe. Action-packed and genuinely terrifying, Angelfall is a must-read. And the chemistry between Penryn and Raffe? Let's just say angels are the new vampires." --Tara Fowler, Entertainment Weekly
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 has a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy and horror, especially if there's a touch of romance. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her souped-up imagination to bust out and go feral.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (23 December 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501238108
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501238109
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm
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Why oh why haven't I read this before now? This book has been out since 2013 and I've only just read?
I read in a few hours because a) I couldn't get enough and b) I couldn't put it down. Anyway......
In this post apocalyptic world, the angels have wrought down their idea of vengeance on humans and now basically rule until they are given a 'message' to go elsewhere.
Pen meets Raffe, helps him and she basically seals their fate. She sets off with her mentally ill Mum and Raffe so she can rescue her disabled sister, Paige who has been taken and Raffe can get what he wants back from the angels.
Along the way they meet some interesting people, there is banter, there is blood, gore, cannibalism and scary things and I really enjoyed it. Also Pen and Raffe stole my heart!
TO BEGIN WITH, SHOUTOUT TO SIAN FOR TELLING ME TO READ THIS BOOK.FOUR FOR YOU SIAN, YOU GO SIAN.
I've read my fair share of angel books, and they've all disappointed me. But Angelfall is different in a post-apocalyptic world where Angels have taken over, Penryn is only trying to survive with her schizophrenic mother and sister. Like most books about angels, the main character is usually swooning over these adonis looking people, but no, these angels are brutal and terrifying (and beautiful). Susan Ee's fantastic debut is one of the best post-apocalyptic YA I've ever read, and it blew me away with its perfectly paced blend of action, story, and emotional tension.
Penryn is a fantastic heroine, a funny girl who happens to be amazing in combat. Her interactions with everyone else is so entertaining and hilarious. Raffe is not your usual broody YA main character. [ps agnostic angels was something I was not expecting!]. He's so intriguing and funny it's impossible not to be drawn to him anyway. His relationship with Penryn develops slowly and naturally as they struggle to find shelter and to survive in bleak circumstances, all against a dark backdrop of war and all kinds of unspeakable horrors.
Readers who are uneasy with gruesome books should be warned that there are some pretty intense scenarios, although they are well done and mostly appear in the aftermath.It's exciting to find an author who writes such dark and vivid imagery and doesn't shy away from the gory scene.
I have a few minor complaints, mostly about Penryn's failure to ask enough questions, as this seemed entirely out of character for someone who tries to guess whether she can keep someone alive long enough to be of use to her. I also wish we'd learned a bit more about the war. (also, I heard this went from a 5 book series to 3...why?!!)
The action-packed story, funny dialogue, unforgettable characters all make for an incredible read. The twists and turns of this story are greatly done.
I've read adult books that have shied away from things in a way that this book completely does not. This is a post-apocalyptic book and Ee explores the gory, gritty potential of a post-apocalyptic worlds in all its horrific glory. I am warning you now: parts of this book are gruesome, they are horrific and can be disturbing and upsetting if you are of a sensitive constitution.
Susan Ee has done her research, unlike other authors with Angel-inspired characters *cough*CassandraClare*cough*. This is a nice, refreshing change for an Angel-centric book. Anyone who has read the bible (well, the Old Testament at any rate) knows that Angels aren't the caring, peace-loving creatures society seems to think them. They were messengers and soldiers. They were either out there preaching and spreading the word of God, or they were out there fighting the battles he told them to. I don't know why society has decided otherwise - I can't remember them being loving and benevolent in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Anyway - Ee did here homework.
Penryn *sigh*. Of course she is super resourceful and resilient and knows a gazillion different forms of martial arts. Of course she does. I love a strong female who can take care of herself as much as the next person, but they're all the same? They all have some sort of fighting skill. They're all perfectly equipped to deal in a post-apocalyptic world. It's getting hard to distinguish between them all now.
Raffe. This is more like it. Not at all what I was expecting him to be like. Friendly but distant (and we all know he can be a softy when he wants to - he doesn't fool us), efficient, witty, and surprisingly human. I loved him.
The romance? This is a difficult one for me because Penryn's feelings felt completely natural. It's what you would expect from a 17 year old girl travelling with a strikingly attractive man who has been doing his best to help and protect her. That sounds about right. Raffe's feelings? Not so much. I get that the book is written from Penryn's perspective but there was absolutely NO indication of his feelings for her up until they reached San Francisco, so when things started happening it didn't feel natural.
This book was an entertaining read the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but what really makes it stand out is that last third of the book. Incredible.
I've already got World After, but I'm going to put off reading it until closer to the release of End of Days.
Definitely recommend for anyone who liked Daughter of Smoke & Bone and (even though I'm technically still reading it, and it's not about Angels but it reminds me a lot of Angelfall) The 5th Wave.
Penryn was fine as a heroine, but I felt her motivation (to save her sister - Katniss Everdeen anyone?) was reiterated too many times. As though Susan Ee thought - what reason can I have to make these two (Penryn and the angel hero Raffe) stick together for the duration of the novel? It felt like a plot trick - she needs him to take her to her captured sister and he needs to get to the same destination to get his wings sewn back on. Good, innit? They both have the same destination in mind. And this is repeated over and over: this is what the characters NEED. This is their MOTIVATION for everything they're doing. Sister and wings. To me it felt a tiny bit hack-handed.
That said the plot trots along and it is an easy read. Penryn isn't as irritating as other first person present tense narrators. However, I could have done with a little more information. A little background. This felt like a book that had been worked right down and pared back until there was nothing left but the 'correct' elements for a good story. And for me it missed a little bit.
I won't read the next book, and I think that's always an indication of how much I enjoyed a first-in-a-series.
We're launched right into the action from the first chapter and the pace doesn't let up the whole way through. There's zero fluff... except the odd fallen feather *chortle. Witty dialogue, and a strong, independent heroine.
I'm in heaven. Take me there Raffe!
Yes. Yes. Yes. Very excited for the rest of the trilogy.