Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Well well well. What have we here! This book was surprising! I found this after the longest 30 mins ever searching through audio books on KU in desperation for something I could listen to while painting a living room! We all need at least one audio book on hand for when we don’t have the time to actually sit and do the reading ourselves and my audio well has been running dry. Found this beauty hiding like 50 pages in and so glad I did. Let me start by saying I felt the Narrator, Caitlyn Davies, did a pretty good job. I was confused at first by the childlike voice she gave the FMC, but after a few chapters in it grew on me.
Angelfall is a book set in a post apocalyptic United States. Apocalyptic events had a biblical flare with some interesting twists and turns and a slow burn reveal technique that had me still not quite sure where we stood at the end and plenty of mystery to come. We didn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger but more like a someone just pulled us off a ledge and we still have to get across the Grand Canyon type ending. We start with FMC Penryn who is responsible for her younger sibling who is handicap and wheelchair bound and her mother who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has episodes… although with the events unfolding in this story not quite sure her mother’s issues have anything to do with mental illness. Penryn while out and about with family, does the unthinkable, and attempts to save an angel….events unfold and Penryn’s sister is captured and now this angel is the only link to saving her sister in this horrifying world.
There were multiple things about this story that I liked but I felt like one of the best things was that we learned things as Penryn did, even though she has been living in this destroyed world, she only really knows her surroundings and how to survive them as best as possible she doesn’t really know what is honestly going on. What has actually caused this world to be this way and the reasons behind all of this are still hidden from us but we are learning just like Penryn. It was refreshing in that it felt real. I could definitely imagine people not honestly caring how the world is ending just trying to survive it. Penryn as a character was really well rounded, she has the hopeless, sarcastic, cynical thing going but at the same time she has this fierce loyalty and moral compass that was both endearing and exasperating.
Story line wise, we have this whole take on the angels may or may not be the enemy…. I’m not really clear on what is happening yet other than their is some really weird things going on with some of these angels…shivers
Was a really short, enjoyable, and thrilling read! I can’t wait to see where we are headed.
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