Angelfall by Susan Ee
science-fiction, fantasy, young adult
This was the It’s Just Not A Book Club Anti-Theme (Apocalypse) book of the month for March, which I hosted. It is the first book in the Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy.
This book is a mixture between fantasy and science-fiction: angels, mixed with the apocalypse. The story was interesting and fast-paced, with a few nice twists and turns, but the story just didn’t captivate me, it wasn’t really my cup of tea. It all seemed very familiar. Apocalyptic world, angels come down and are actually horrible people, except for that one or two who are actually really nice. So I found it a bit trope-y, but it was an enjoyable read. The characters were also not particularly individual, apart from Penryn’s mother who was quite insane. I also found that there was not enough world-building in this novel to really create an atmosphere and not enough character development either; I also didn’t really have any serious sympathy or connection to any of the characters.
In short, I would recommend this as a fun read to those who like and haven’t read a lot of apocalyptic/angel books, otherwise I probably wouldn’t. It is definitely a fun, fast-paced read, though.