Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee This is a very good book. I don't know how else to say it. It's YA, but I can think of many people who would like it. I feel like Stefon from SNL listing off all the things that are thrown together here but seem to work anyway; angels, crazed cannibals, a prominent character who has schizophrenia and a kick ass heroine with a terrible name.

Oh, Penryn. You are awesome. It's a shame that I feel like I only have Katniss to compare Penryn to, but with the current state of YA heroines, that's how it is. The two characters have a lot in common besides generally being awesome too. They each go on a journey to protect/save their younger sister and have complicated relationships with their mothers. They're also both resourceful, tough, and great fighters. The entire cast of characters of this book are enjoyable in their own ways from Penryn's family to the angels to the human resistance fighters. The other main character is a warrior angel named Raffe. I like him enough, but he held his emotions close to his chest and the book is told in first person from Penryn's point of view. We only learn more about him when Penryn is able to needle information out of him. That doesn't happen nearly enough by the way, and not just when it comes to information about Raffe. Penryn doesn't get a lot of him about the angels in general, and she often gives up when he gives half-answers to her questions. I say this all the time; I hate when characters in books don't ask the questions they should be asking all for the sake of the plot. That happens a lot in this book.

Anyway, on to more things I like. I love that this book takes place so soon after the apocalypse. It's only been six weeks since everything's gone to hell. The way the world has fallen apart so quickly is chilling. Each new thing we're introduced to paints a more horrific while simultaneously hopeful view of the world. I know that doesn't make sense, but read the book and you'll see.

Another great thing is that while it's about angels, the book's use of religion is not heavy handed. I'm always fearful of books that deal with supernatural creatures with ties to religion, as that can go off the rails quickly and badly. That doesn't happen here. If you've ever seen the show "Supernatural," that's the kind of angels we're getting here in so many ways.

But what knocked this book down a star besides Penryn not asking enough questions is that there are a lot of things introduced towards the end of the book that are left unresolved. In about the last fifty pages or so, so much is thrown out there it's hard to process it all. It definitely felt like set up for the next book, so I started to check out and stop caring as much about all the new reveals as I got closer and closer to the end.

In the end this book is awesome and well worth the 3 bucks I spent on it despite the niggling problems I had with it.