Who will survive in this battle of good vs. eevil?! Check out Bryan and Robert’s thoughts on Angelfall by Susan Ee.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Penryn has always taken care of her young, disabled sister, even before the angels of the apocalypse descended upon the earth. When Penryn and her family make a run for it, warrior angels snatch her little sister, setting the teenager on a dangerous quest. She’ll make a deal with a handsome and powerful angel named Raffe to travel toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco. If all goes well, she’ll get her sister back, and he’ll get the chance to be whole again. The apocalypse may have other plans for them both …
Angelfall is by Susan Ee
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) Really complex and interesting characters here. I feel like everyone we met had a decent amount going on internally, which made it fun to spend time with them
2. (Robert) I loved the writing style; the fight scenes; the dialog; Penryn’s voice and thought-patterns – and there are some strange twists that aren’t really foreshadowed, but they just work. Ee pulls it off, and this is a super-starter to an unusual series. I hope it makes it to a movie! (All 3 books have been optioned, rumored to be directed by Sam Raimi)
3. (Robert) It’s nicely dark, and fans of the Hunger Games should love it. There’s some sexual references, no swearing, gory fight stuff, but only a little more adult than the Hunger Games. The creatures are seriously scary, and towards the end the book suddenly ratchets up several gears at once. Loved it and will read on … thanks, Michelle.
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Robert) Tension is used a great deal, and almost every chapter is another page (Paige) turner. I liked the complementary nature of the two protagonists, and also how Raffe is both antagonist and protagonist (and love interest!) which propels Penryn headlong into dilemma after dilemma. Should she dislike Raffe? Fall in love with him? Simply use and discard him in order to recover her sister? Trust him? Not trust him?
2. (Robert) Yet another first-person, present tense, dark and broody and fast-paced. This is classic YA style, with a sassy young heroine and a hunky “fallen angel.” What could be more delicious?!
3. (Bryan) The best part about this is that it’s not people just trying to stay alive in a dystopia. It’s a kidnapping story, and that gives it a different edge.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Unlike Shatter Me, where much of the heroine’s angst is told to us by means of the character’s inner dialog (which can be hard going at times), Penryn SHOWS us by her actions and interactions with Raffe exactly what could be going on inside her head.
2. Geography brings a lot to a dystopia, and getting to see San Francisco in the mix (not a typically used location) brings a fun element.
3. Great to see a twist on the halo-version of the angel. Now we have angel bad-boys and book-boyfriends! Most young girls over 13 will soak this up (if they are Hunger Games-hardened!). Plot inconsistencies are forgiven when you have great characters and great conflict … and a huge goal with high stakes.
Prompt of the Week:
Imagine that your mortal enemy has become your only chance for survival. What precautions would you take to preserve your own safety? Do you think you could ever come to trust this person? Why or why not?