Published by Selfpublished on 1 January 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
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.
Angelfall is a dystopian story in which angels aren’t necessarily the good guys, and where Penryn has to use all her wit and cunning to survive.
My Angelfall review:
This whole story was dark and disturbing – but still delicious if that makes any sense at all. Penryn is a very strong young woman; she has had to be for years before the attack. With her mom conversing with demons and her little sister Paige in a wheel chair, Penryn had to be the responsible party of her family after her dad took off.
The angels in this story are so scary and mean it seems like they all hail from hell rather than from heaven – all except Raffe, that is. He and Penryn form an unlikely alliance after his enemies cut off hi swings, and disappear with Paige. Somehow, Penryn is able to grab the cut-offs, his sword, and him, and use Paige’s wheel chair to bring him to safety.
From there, things only get darker, scarier and more dingy. Flesh-eating monsters, resistance, and her crazy mother make up most of it – as do little moments of peace with Raffe. Penryn is just a normal girl who knows her martial art, and she is willing to fight to the death for what she believes in – and it is so easy to believe in her ! She is able to put her doubts into a little box in her mind, then continue to walk forward to save Paige, and maybe even humanity as well.
The whole book is like a mad rollercoaster, you want to get off, but at the same time, it is so exhilarating you can’t help but enjoying it while you scream your head off. It’s fast, with hard twists and turns, and endless falls, and it never stops! Not even in the end… I swear, my heart is still beating its’ way out of my chest, and I wish I already had the 2nd book in this series. I need to know what will happen next!
Written in first person point of view from Penryn’s perspective, and in present tense, Angelfall is one of the very few novels where angels are prominently featured that I loved. There is no sweet love or romance going on here, the world is bleak, but so well done.
Some of my favorite Angelfall quotes:
I look at the angel’s blank eyes, his bleeding mouth. His head trembles, tapping against the floor. I slam the blade into his heart. I’ve never killed anyone before. What frightens me isn’t that I’m killing someone. What frightens me is how easy it is.
Even though her love often manifests itself in ways that a mentally healthy person couldn’t understand – might even declare abusive – that doesn’t diminish the fact that she does care.
I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed, we’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.