I’ve posted about Angelfall by Susan Ee here, here, and here. It was on the Cybils award short list for Science Fiction/Fantasy Teen category. Everyone was talking about it during the Vegas trip, and everyone I know who has read it has come away awe struck. It’s just that kind of book.
Angelfall is officially out in paperback! Oh my god, why haven’t you read this book yet?!?
My copy came this week and even though I’ve read the book several times over, I sat down and started reading it all over again as soon as I opened my Amazon package. God, it’s such a great book. I’ve never felt this strongly about championing a book before and I hope if you’ve got .99 cents to spare on an e-book or $12.99 on a paperback, you’ll give it a shot.
According to Susan’s blog, Angelfall hit #41 on the Kindle bestselling list and #1 in Fantasy and #2 in Science Fiction/Fantasy! CONGRATS SUSAN!
So if you’ve missed my descriptions of this book before, here’s the official synopsis:
via GoodReads – 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.
And here are a few excerpts from my review of the book:
The reason it is young adult is because of the character Penryn, the trials she faces, the growth she undergoes, the themes surrounding her character, and the classic transition from teenager to adult that the book moves toward. In the beginning she might seem like she has it together, more so than any of the adults that surround her, but she’s still just a kid, confused and alone and needy. She might not know how to express this, but her journey alone with a predator – her enemy – makes her come to terms with her childish ways. Forces her to grow into a new woman. She might have survived in the beginning, but by the end she has the strength and knowledge and experience to thrive. In the beginning she still clings to mother and family, but by the end they fulfill her without being a crutch. These themes make this book absolutely young adult.
Unlike your typical paranormal stories, this one doesn’t have the big romance pay off most will be expecting from a young girl and a hot angel wandering the wilderness together. These two characters are enemies. He calls humans monkeys and she is willing to torture him for his help getting her sister back. These are not emotions that generally lead to long gazes across rooms and soft kisses in the moonlight. Their partnership is tenuous, based on need and survival and that makes the few moments of compassion and the threat of intimacy more genuine and valuable. There’s no romance in Angelfall. One doesn’t do romance while running for one’s life from monsters – both the human and paranormal kind. One doesn’t do romance when one is starving and exhausted and afraid.
Instead there is something like hunger and something like need. Something indescribable, thrilling. Frightening.
TOTALLY unrelated, but I just read a NYT article about The Hunger Games movie (is it appropriate for teens? Kids killing kids? WUT??) that called John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars a dystopian themed book. HAHAHAHAHAHA.
I would really really like this weird trend of calling everything a dystopian to stop now please. Do you even know what that word means, NYT?? The Fault in Our Stars is no more dystopian than a Janet Evanovich book. Who told you it was dystopian because you clearly didn’t read it.