Angelfall by Susan Ee
Publisher: Feral Dream
Publication Date: May 21, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy It: Amazon
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.
Whew! We are dropped right into the action with this book as Penryn tries to help her mother (who is not exactly 'with it' since Penryn's dad left them) and her wheelchair bound sister Paige flee their apartment before it's overrun by gangs in a world Angels of the Apocalypse have wrecked havoc, death, and destruction upon.
See? Whew! But Ee's beautiful writing keeps this onslaught of information from being overwhelming. In the first chapter alone I got a wonderful sense of Penryn, our narrator, a girl forced to stop up in hard times who is also completely devoted to her younger sister.
Wonderful pacing, a unique plot, and beautifully developed characters make this book absolutely riveting. I devoured it, and am impatiently and anxiously awaiting the next book in what could potentially be my new favorite series. It's got a badass heroine with a strong will and a strong heart, lots of conflict, an intense and realistically paced love story, and freaking mutant angels. YES!
Buy this book immediately! (No, seriously. Do it!)