Author: Susan Ee
Release: May 21st, 2011
Synopsis:(from 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.
Visually, this book intrigued me and then after I read the synopsis I was immediately convinced I had to have this book. I also have to admit that one thing that kind of made me have superficial love for this book is the main character’s name, Penryn! I like that name and think it’s really pretty!
Okay, enough about the superficial stuff and onto the more important points. I really liked the post-apocalyptic plot but with angels as the villains. I always have this idea of angels being either nice and elegant ethereal saints or more recently, as these graceful yet strong warriors that are sent to fight in favor of human survival. It was awesome to have them as the “bad guys” of the story and yet, Raffe….oooooh Raffe (yum!) I knew I would fall for his character from the first time we got a glimpse of his character.
Also, I enjoyed the struggle that Penryn faced with her schizophrenic mother and her handicapped sister. It definitely added a little something for me as a reader and I think others will feel the same.
My only disappointment is the lack of backstory and to be honest, when it comes to dystopian I want LOTS of backstory. I eat that up like nobody’s business and when I don’t get to understand what happened, I feel a little disappointment. However, it’s probably something that will not bother most people and I do suspect that since this looks like it is the beginning of a series, that there is a likely possibility more of that will be revealed in future books.
Purchase or Check Out? Purchase! It’s only .99 on eBook!
Would I read it again?: Yes