Angelfall is actually the first “proper” book I’ve read in the while. I’m not sure whether it’s been my busy schedule, or just my inability to concentrate, but in the past few years I’ve transitioned from being someone who would read a book every couple of days, to barely reading a book once a month. I think a part of it has simply been that most books I’ve read recently just haven’t captured my interest like my child/teenhood favorites did – and I can only make myself read the same book so many times before I start to hate it.
I purchased Angelfall in a charity shop for 50p. Like most books purchased on a whim, I didn’t really expect I would actually enjoy it – I just thought the idea of an urban fantasy novel that didn’t revolve around werewolves or vampires would be a refreshing change. So, while I was on the bus home that day, I decided to “force myself” to give the book a chance – and I’m honestly glad I did. Probably the best thing I’ve ever gotten for 50p.
Angelfall is an amazing book. Written by Susan Ee, it chronicles the journey of Penrynn Young, a 17 year old girl who finds herself forced to traverse a barren post-apocalyptic setting on a mission to rescue her paralytic sister, Paige, from her angelic captors. Joined by the recently-wingless angel Raffe, Penrynn must venture to the angel’s “aerie”, in the desperate hope that her sister is still alive to be saved. The relationship between the two is explored in the way you would expect from the average paranormal romance novel, but it is handled very skillfuly, and the story never relies on it – if you took the romance out the plot, Angelfall would still be able to stand firmly on it’s own two feet.
With a movie apparently in the works, and a sequel (which I’ve yet to read myself) out already – called World After, I believe – now is probably the best time to get the book. Before the inevitably handsome actor hired to play Raffe in the film franchise begins to overshadow everything else, and the series devolves into one of those “untouchables”, due to a bad reputation caused by an insurmountable number of randy tween-age girls.