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Angelfall by Susan Ee

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.

This book was wonderfully drawing! It has a brilliant, original idea. It’s an apocalyptic world where angels are destroying the world and they don’t actually know why, only the messenger Archangel, Gabriel does and I feel that when I get a start on the second book then that is the question that will start to get answered. Both of the main characters are loveable, they have this sarcastic banter going on and it’s both hilarious and adorable. Its a very depressing and dark world because the modern world is ruined as we know it but this book is still so awesomely intense.

My rating: 95%

Spoilers

This novel is really short (let me check, 283 pages) but Susan manages to write so well in such a short span of pages. She puts together the story incredibly well. She manages to (a). create this apocalyptic world and tell us the background story of it, (b). help us understand the urgency of saving Paige and (c). still be able to maintain a lightness between Raffe and Penryn.

Penryn is such an awesome character. She’s so kickass and stubborn and snarky but at same time had this underlying loyalty and curiosity which I loved. We really got to know her relationship with her family. Her mum’s insane and schizophrenic and is always rambling about demons and stuff like that while Penryn is trying her best to support her little sister, Paige whose paralyzed. I love what drives Penryn. She isn’t driven by selfishness but loyalty and I just loved how she collected chocolate bars for her sister, it was like a massive, aw!
I had this huge question about her mum in my head, is she actually insane or sane in an insane way. All this demon talk and forcing Penryn to learn self-defense really got me curious on what is really going on. Looking forward to the answer!

The angels.
In this world, there are bad angels and good angels. We don’t really know what’s going on there or whose who but it’s going to be a question that will be answered in the future. Gabriel had been shot and has disappeared so we don’t know if he’s either dead or hiding. My gut feeling says, he’s hiding because he has all this precious information about the real reason why angels had to destroy the world.There’s this really tangled angel politics going around. Raffe is actually the archangel, Raphael and I have to say I was a little upset that he agnostic. I had the same reaction as Penryn, he’s an angel, he’s pretty much proof of God, I was at awe like how … how can he still be doubtful. But he brought up a good argument that we’re also created by God and most of us are still doubtful but still.
It’s like there’s this angel revolution trying to overthrow Raffe because he’s technically the next in line for Gabriel’s role and because his wings were cut off and he “disappeared”, they think that he’s fallen and all that crap and he hasn’t. That dude has a lot of enemies.
I think we knew that he liked Penryn but we knew that it wasn’t something that couldn be shouted into the void and my heart broke when Penryn “died” and he just emotionally broke down. I was shouting at the page “No! She isn’t dead! Don’t go away. Stay and see!” I wish book characters could hear us. Imagine if they could! That would be awesome.

So, now Raffe had these demon, bat wings and his sword had rejected him and the expression on his face was unforgettable and heartbreaking. Raffe is always talking about his sword’s loyalty and how she’s never let him down, ever and then this one time when he’s been tricked into getting his wings back and instead he gets demon wings, he can’t use his beloved sword. I almost cried. And when he gave Penryn’s body back to her family . . . he’s so sweet.

Let’s talk about that human revolution!
I feel like that this revolution is going to do more harm than good. They think they know whats going on but they don’t know what tangled angel politics is happening. I feel as if their attacks will be blind as hell and cause all sorts of problems! I’m begging them, don’t do anything!

I need to buy World After soon! Watch out Dymocks, I’m coming

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