Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Monday, May 26, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I have been wanting to read this book since I saw the cover a long time ago. I thought the cover was gorgeous and the summary intriguing. I had never read anything about angels before, so this definitely piqued my curiosity.


Angelfall by Susan Ee
Publisher: Feral Dream
Publish Date: May 21, 2011
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
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.

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. (Goodreads)
3 things you need to know about this book:

1. This is a different kind of dystopia.
I was actually surprised to see that this book was a dystopia. I don’t know what I was expecting, but post-apocalyptic was not one of them. The angels was the catalyst to throw society into a war torn place. I also found it interesting that it took place mere months since the attack of the angels. You normally find dystopian societies in books way after they are initially formed, which I found interesting.

2.  #WeNeedDiverseBooks
Among the reason of actually wanting to read this, I also found that it would be considered a diverse book. With all the hype going on because of the BEA children’s panel, I bumped this up on my list of reads. I will just provide a list of what makes this a diverse book: 

(1) It is written by Susan Ee who is an American author of Asian decent. 

(2) In the story, Penryn’s little sister has a disability. She is bound to a wheelchair because of an accident her mother was assumed responsible for when she was younger, leaving her legs lame. 

(3) Penryn’s mother is mentally unstable. In the story, she notes that her mother is off her meds (though she was no where near perfect and chipper when she was on them). She talked to herself and would speak to “her demons,” which actually makes me wonder if Ee is going to make it a full on demon possession situation later on down the road. I mean there are angels in this story, why not demons too?

(4) As to my knowledge, the book never says what race Penryn and Raffe are (though it does say Raffe has a darker complexion), but I think it would be safe to assume that at the very least, he is not caucasian and some out there believe that Penryn isn’t white either. 

(5) There is even diversity among the angels. Ee had an albino character and other dark complected angels (again, it was not explicitly clear race wise), but they aren't all white!

3. Penryn is an interesting character.
At the beginning you see her a strong person, hellbent on protecting her lame sister and psychotic mother. Though she is compassionate and loving, there are still streaks in her that are realistic. Ones that show her will to survive at any cost even though she has to do hard and undesirable things in order to achieve her goals.

Final Thoughts:
Overall this was a good, quick read. I wanted to read the next one once I was finished but I’m not dying to know what happens next. But if your looking for a nice paranormal read or a different kind of dystopia this will be the book you will want to snuggle up to.

I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads.

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