“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”
Self-published urban fantasy/apocalypse novel, ANGELFALL, blew up the internet in 2011 and gained rave reviews from YA fans everywhere. Having somehow completely missed this obsession, I downloaded the eBook after falling prey to particularly aggressive Facebook advertising this summer and I absolutely devoured it.
Angels of the Apocalypse have descended upon Earth with only death and destruction in their sights, but Penryn’s attempt to escape the annihilation of her home town is halted by an angelic street fight. When one of the monsters kidnaps her disabled sister, Penryn is driven to extreme lengths to bring her home. Accompanied by her wounded hostage, the now wingless target of the brawl, she embarks on a desperate journey to save her sister, punctuated with horrifying discoveries.
I was really impressed with this book. Ee’s dialogue is on point and gives a great depth to Penryn and her captive angel, Raffe. They’re fiesty and funny together and it’s refreshing to see Ee develop a YA fantasy relationship in a natural way, rather than plumping for dreaded ‘instalove’. Penryn is strong both physically and emotionally, her voice as the narrator shows this persistant attitude and her quirky sense of humour. I really enjoyed her as a protagonist!
The plot is simple with the pace actually set quite slow until the second half where it ramps up bigtime. However, the first half definitely wasn’t boring; Ee devotes this chunk of time to moving Penryn and Raffe towards San Francisco and establishing their individual personalities and interactions with each other. I really appreciated this and barely realised the pair hadn’t done much until it came to writing up my thoughts. Ee winds conversations around actions very well.
The end was really high energy and, for me, totally unexpected, I loved the whole book and the ending definitely didn’t let me down. With rumours of a movie in development and second book in the series “World After” to be released in November this year, Susan Ee has shown just how successful self-published can be.