Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…
Author: Susan EE
I went on a bit of a book quest yesterday, and ended up in the biggest Waterstone’s I’ve ever seen (5 storeys!). Fully intending to buy the sequel to Angelfall, I ended up buying 5 other books instead, but couldn’t be bothered to go back and find it. BIG MISTAKE. I have been kicking myself ever since I finished the first book last night and wondering why I didn’t walk back into that store!
Recently, I’ve been put off YA novels; I know these books are targeted at young adults and should be a little sugar-coated but come on! Post apocalyptic world, angels fly down and kill people… don’t use tragic, horror-filled plots if you’re not going to do them justice. Thankfully, Angelfall is one of the darkest post-apocalyptic YA’s I’ve read this year and managed to make it work.
Susan EE surpassed all my expectations with this book – it’s gripping from start to finish, so much so that I gave up on sleep to finish it (a rare occurrence, I assure you). The characters are interesting, realistic and diverse – you have everything from evil angels to crazy mothers. The plot is extremely fast-paced and, as the action is restricted to a small area, depictions of post-apocalyptic San Francisco are more convincing.
My only gripe with this book, with YA in general and, in fact, with most fiction these days; is that the female protagonist always manages to find, develop, and rely on the ‘love interest’ of the story too quickly (don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler; nothing happens, or maybe it does?!). Why can’t a woman – or in this case, a teenager – be hard-core, beat up everyone and save the world without falling for a guy? We don’t always need romance people!?
Despite this, Angelfall is quite easily one of the best YA novels I’ve read this year; it’s gritty, dark and unapologetically chilling. If you liked The Hunger Games, you’ll love this!
P.s. I have to give a shout out to Prettybooks, who reviewed the sequel, World After, and made me buy this book.