Angelfall by Susan Ee – Book Review



By: Susan Ee

Rating: 3/5

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, Angelfall

I don’t know that “Angelfall” is a really well known book, but I feel like it should be.

Originally I picked up this novel because it was such a different concept — Angels come from wherever angels come from and begin destroying the human race.

The story is centered around 17-year-old Penryn not because she’s anything special. She’s not some all powerful human with a hint of angel blood in her or anything crazy. She’s just a regular, snarky human girl fighting to keep her paraplegic sister and schizophrenic mother alive under really shitty circumstances.

That was the appeal to “Angelfall”. All of the characters were distinct with their own traits and personalities. Honestly, Penryn’s mother was my favorite character as she continued to do crazier and crazier things throughout the novel because she just fit in the world better now that it had gone to hell.

Penryn’s journey with Raffe — an angel she saved after his wings were cut from his body — is interesting. Ee uses the characters relationship to unravel the world of angels slowly so that it’s not a massive info dump while setting you up for a crazy, dramatic ending. Raffe, the readers only real perspective of an angel, is just as interesting as Penryn though only because he rarely spoke and gave up much information about himself. It wasn’t until about the last quarter of the book that Ee gave us more of who Raffe is of a character and honestly, it worked well. Like, really well.

What got me with the book is pretty technical. It’s almost wrong that I’m even picking at it. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ee’s writing style. It was first person narrative through Penryn’s eyes and set as though we’re going through everything with her at the time. It wasn’t that Ee didn’t manage or write it well, it was that I just wasn’t a massive fan of it. It’s actually why I gave “Angelfall” three stars instead of four or five. For me, the narrative drug a bit because I was sifting through the current thoughts of a 17 year old in a post apocalyptic world.

If you haven’t read “Angelfall”, I suggest you do. Ee is a solid writer and I feel that the series — yes, this is a trilogy — can only get better.

If you have read “Angelfall” let me know what you thought!



4 thoughts on “Angelfall by Susan Ee – Book Review

  1. Hi, nice review. I happen don’t mind the writing. However I think it was written like this, because we ourselves don’t know about angels (if any exist). The fact that Penryn is narrating everything keeps you at a human perspective, instead of giving away the answers. This leaves a lot open for interpretation for the read what to make of the adventure. We really don’t know what happened in the operating room with Raffee, though the conclusion was that he had his wings replaced with demon ones. However, he trusted that angel to operate on him to get his wings back on, and he comes stumbling out afterwards. If it was anybody else, a human, they wouldn’t have recovered so darn fast from possibly being under an anesthetic during surgery.

    There were parts I found it hard to visualize, because coming from a mind of a 17 year old, she had to be as descriptive as possible what she saw or understood. Especially when she lost her vision at some points, we had to see what she sees. Kind of reminds me of what is explained with Chariot of the Gods. Historical paintings of angels and spirits could have been aliens, but because of limited knowledge of what Penryn only knows, she had to make due with what she recognizes in real life. I haven’t read the other two books yet, but I’m thinking the other books will open this up.

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