Angelfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5/5

In this apocalyptic society, humans hide in the shadows as angels and demons wreak havoc on the world. Sixteen year old Penryn thinks things can’t get any worse until an angel captures her baby sister. Out of options, Penryn teams up with a wounded angel to find her sister and get her family to safety. Together, the two of them must rely on each other to survive the journey and try their best not to fall for each other along the way. 

“I am an ant in the battlefield of the gods. There’s no room for pride or ego, and barely enough room for survival.”

Angelfall is the first book to a three book series. I chose it because it’s different from the type of fantasy books that I normally read. I don’t consider myself a religious person, but I am familiar with Christian stories and mythologies. Angelfall provided a unique perspective into the Christian Armageddon. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is a prophecy in the New Testament of the Bible where a great war between God and Satan takes place at the end of the world. Again, I am not Christian myself so I can’t comment on the accuracy of Susan Ee’s interpretation of it, but being that Angelfall is a fantasy book, I didn’t feel complete accuracy was necessary. 

“When you’re small enough to have to look up at everyone around you, there’s no such thing as a dirty fight. That’s a new motto for me. I think I’ll keep it.”

The fantasy elements of this series were remarkable. They are a true testament to Susan Ee’s expansive imagination. I especially liked her descriptions of the locust characters and the rulers of Hell. Both were really creative and chilling. The fantasy elements alone put this series at five stars.

Since this series is also categorized as a romance, I have to touch on the dynamic between Penryn and Raffe. Their relationship was really cute and didn’t feel rushed. They go from enemies, to friends, to crushes, to lovers. This pace makes it feel much more organic and believable. Susan Ee also made Penryn out to be the hero, always saving Raffe’s ass which was funny and refreshing. 

“But the thing that really convinces me that the apocalypse is here is the crunching of smartphones under my feet.”

Lastly, I want to touch on Penryn’s mother, because I thought her character was also really unique. Penryn’s mother has schizophrenia so her role in the series is a peek into what mental illness would look like in a ruined world. Susan Ee points out the challenges that it would face, especially in a world with demons and angels, but she also showed some of the benefits. She made Penryn’s mother out to be really strong and independent, finding her own coping mechanisms to deal with the horrors she was experiencing. The author showed that although her mind may think differently, it isn’t necessarily a weakness. It is a great reminder that just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

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