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It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.
Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
Warning: There are some minor spoilers in this review!
Angelfall was just never something I felt like I had any interest in. The synposis didn't really tell me ANYTHING about this book, so I kind of just let it float by and didn't care one way or the other about it. But when I saw it was available on Netgalley for download, I figured I might as well finally give it a shot because I'd been seeing people raving about the final book in the series. And I am so happy I did.
The world-building in Angelfall isn't spectacular, but I definitely loved it. Desolate and empty streets, angels circling the sky, a glamorous nightclub in a once-magnificent city that's now crumbling because of the destruction the angels have brought with them. Ee does a great job of helping me visualize all of this. There's still so much more I think could have been added about the angels and their social structure and hierarchy to help make this book stronger. All I really know is a little bit about the Messenger. I know that this is the first in a trilogy, but I just felt like this was all glossed over way too much.
“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”
Penryn is certainly not my favorite heroine, but I love that she doesn't have any special powers. She's not a rare find. She's just a girl trying to save her sister. She's just a girl trying to survive in a horrifying world, and she's exhausted of her insane mother and constantly hunting for food while trying to avoid both angels and human gangs. She's brave, determined, and she fells very authentic. I can't wait to watch her grow in the next book.
“The sky was choked with blood-tinged smoke for days.”
“I never thought about it before, but I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man.”