I Really like the concept of the angels and their politics.
I strongly disliked the "predictable, tortured, lovestruck teenage heroine"
this was my first
the narration was pretty good. I hated the characters rather than the narrator, so that's points for her... a bad narrator is when you remember it's a narrator.
Not really. the lead character is way too predictable to be interesting on a screen. Maybe if Lifetime decided to do a scifi movie, this would be perfect!
As you can probably tell, my main gripe with this book is the main character. She's your typical teenage girl heroine who everyone is always exclaiming is courageous, even though she's often cowering and on the verge of tears.... I may finish this series if I can stand her long enough.... The angels though! I kinda wish we could just follow them and leave her love-sick story as a secondary tangent.
I am a big reader and sometimes you go through a dry spell when every book you choose end up being a dud. Then you finally pick one that turns out to be good - a story that entertains and excites you.
I also really like that they let the first book be about the story (a girl and her family) and not about the obligator romance.
This is good YA. There is a lot of YA out there, and I enjoy it, I even enjoy some YA that's maybe...not great. I read the entire Divergent series despite having issues with it. I found it fun enough for light reading, but 'Angelfall' is fabulous YA. It made me remember why I like YA, why I enjoyed 'The Hunger Games' and Suzanne Collins so much. Susan Ee created a good young female for us to follow. She is strong, challenged, and doesn't look for someone to save her. This doesn't mean she's and idiot and won't accept it when available, but Penryn is a character I would want young adults to read.
Angelfall is about Penryn, her paranoid schizophrenic mother, disabled seven-year old sister, and the angel Raphael. There are some other characters but these are the core. Angels have come to earth and have ravaged it. Power is unreliable, food is rare, civilization, houses, and cars have been abandoned in the three months after the Angel's arrival. How do you fight what humanity was led to believe is divine? These are not sweet cherubs. These are the warriors from the Bible. This is not dystopia: it is a Doomsday scenario.
The book starts with Penryn and her family evacuating. They stumble upon Angels fighting each other. As a distraction to give her family the best lead possible she tosses the outnumbered angel its sword. His wings have been cut off but still fights off his attackers. Penryn's reward is a vengeful deserting angel plucking up her sister and taking her away. Penryn is responsible for her family and strikes up an uneasy alliance with the angel, Raphael, so she can save her sister. She leaves her mother to fend for herself. Susan Ee makes the point that at the end of the world the mentally unstable and paranoid are the most capable of surviving. I find this thought something repeatedly getting mulled over in the back in my mind.
This book passes the Bechdel test. There are female characters that don't fit static stereotypical molds and exist outside their relationship to the men in their lives. Penryn is trained in multiple forms of martial arts and self defense. Her mother had a mental break and took out all their savings, due to her fears of the devil and demons, to enroll Penryn in every self-defense class she could find. This was the breaking point in her parents marriage. The money was to help Penryn's little sister with medical for her paralysis. Her father snapped and left, and Penryn became the head of the household. She took her lessons seriously being witness to her mothers episodes.
She is a responsible young woman whether the position she has been put in is fair or not. Susan Ee, however, still represents her as a girl with the challenges that young girls encounter along with the ones that come with the end of the world. She is not an adult woman in the shape of a 17-year-old girl. This means there is still teenage language and written in a teenage voice. We are privy to her internal dialogue where she thinks about her awkward attraction but also acknowledges the reasons she can't act on it. What person hasn't had feelings they knew they couldn't act on? This is an important lesson for anyone to learn. That being said, while I love and am impressed with this book, if your expectation is for an adult book in the form of YA, this isn't it. This is YA fiction, enjoye it, but don't make it something it isn't
There is a question of romance: a forbidden attraction between angel and daughter of man. Penryn and Raphael deal with feelings of awkward attraction. Let me rephrase, Penryn deals and Raphael may be showing signs of attraction. Raphael, however, isn't an ageless male paranormal that has a sudden epiphany that a teenage girl is the answer to his amorous desires and calls it love. In short, he is not an irresponsible predator...at least not yet. I praise Susan Ee for writing a responsible male character. Raphael is an accountable paranormal male instead of the love-struck vampire seen in a lot of YA. Put a pretty face on it, it doesn't change that a 100-year-old/eons old being is taking advantage of a teenager. ...Okay, I recognize I just went on a rant. I apologize. I will even admit I enjoy books that fall in this category. That doesn't mean I don't get uncomfortable or question what kind of problems we might be creating with the amount of literature published, geared to young adults, that makes having a relationship with older men not only acceptable but fascinating and tantalizing. (End of Rant)
I recommend this for people who enjoy good YA or are considering taking a foray into YA. Start with the good stuff so you don't run from the genre screaming. I also have to say I enjoy Susan Ee's take on Angels. They are not stereotypical. I'm impressed at her realistic characters you like even as you acknowledge their flaws. Enjoy it, I'm going to go pick up the next book. I am worried. The third hasn't been written and after this book there will be no immediate gratification. Be aware before you start the series...
I was never bored. The whole book kept me captivated. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, something different happened.
Without going into spoilers I would say there is one scene near the end that had me gripping the edge of my bed. Brilliant use of words to describe a truly macabre scene.
The narrator was perfect. The book had a good pace, not too slow or fast. I am in love with this series.
The world is very well written, and breathes and feels like the real thing. The author starts things off quick, but there is no skimping on setting up the characters, the world, the motivations.
Penryn is fantastic as the lead. She's alive and driven, and has plenty of flaws to keep things interesting. Her timid yet fierce nature is very much alive.
This book was selected specifically because it fell in the genre of Youth. It was a delightful surprise to find that I was every bit as entertained as my 12 year old daughter. The characters are well developed. While listening to this book it is difficult to not relate to the characters in one way or another. It is completely engaging in sharing the experiences of the main characters, their thoughts and feelings are wide open and felt.
Tiger's Curse. Like Tiger's Curse there is an understanding of the characters thoughts and feelings. Another similarity is the predictable happy ending isn't exactly as predictable as you think while listening to the story. Finally there is a quest involved in each that is only begun.
It is hard to offer up a favorite scene without offering up a spoiler, so I would recommend skipping this question if you don't want a spoiler. My favorite scene is probably when Penryn is trying to hold the angel wings on and convince the gang that she is an angel. But it could just as easily be when she is kicking butt in the camp. Or maybe when Raf is flying off and she is content just to know he's alright. There are so very many great scenes in this story and it is so easy to see them all through the eyes of Penryn that the story is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
Again, if you don't want a spoiler, please don't read this section... I think I was most moved when Penryn finds her sister Paige. Her heartache when she sees what has happened to Paige was a moment that would move anyone who has ever loved a child.
My daughter loved this story even more than I did. It took her less than 5 minutes to ask me to purchase "World After" which is the second book in the series. She is already waiting for the 3rd. If you are looking for literature to keep your child engaged in something other than just video games this is a very good choice. Many of the books in my library recently purchased were for that purpose. If she's going to sit and play video games, she's going to fill her mind with something else at the same time. We listen to classics, we listen to mysteries, we listen to true crime, and lately we've been listening to teen lit.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who just likes a good story and particularly for young women. It's full of girl power!
I enjoy audio books because like the performance quality of the narrators. This book was no exception. She gave each character their own flavor.
Raffe. I love how he can be a big strong hero when he needs to be but when he's with Penryn he is so lovable.
Am a book reader who have to many books and to little time to do it.
I loved the story and how it was more an adventure then a romance not many books do that and it was nice surprise. it had everything that I love in books humor, traveling, and a smartass character.
I can't think of one which isn't a bad thing.
the camp is one of my favorite part and that's for the twins. they remind me so much of the Weasley twins that I laughed every time they where mentioned. Also when Penryn got it that fight with that jerk was awesome.
Yes but unfortunately sleep usually wins in the end.
if you enjoy humorous books about fallen angels, apocalypse, survival, revenge, and not speedy love then you need to read this book.
And that's a problem as you get enmeshed in this wonderfully complex story from Book #1 and immediately get Book #2, "World After: Penryn & the End of Days" and now you need Book #3 which is NOT out yet... woo - what a ride. This is considered for "grades 9 and up" and I guess I am really UP but I found it to be a very good story.