Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Romance Page Count: 288
Author: Susan Ee
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Wow, this book went places I’ve never really seen a YA novel go before! At first, I wasn’t sure I liked it. The writing wasn’t that great and the story started kind of typically for a YA apocalypse; two enemies meet and make an alliance to get what they both want.
But then, Raffe, (one of the main protagonists) started talking and making me laugh with his smart, quirky sarcasm, and I was hooked! Adding to that was the oh so very real feel of danger at every corner, and the survival aspect!
The book is based on the author’s creative interpretation of the book of Revelations from the Bible, and what the angels of the apocalypse would be like. This made the story unique. It wasn’t exactly accurate many times, (one of the angels was an agnostic of God’s existence in the story, I found this strange since he’s supposed to be an angel of God) but if you keep in mind it’s just a story, it’s interesting.
It may not have had amazing writing, and it had a couple of cheesy moments, especially at the end, but it was an easy-read perfect for resting. I was sick when I read this book and it was a great distraction! It was very humorous and entertaining. So many times I’d laugh out loud at Raffe and Penryn’s back-and-forth conversations.
Penryn was a likable main character and I never found myself particularly irritated with her like so many other YA protagonists. She was strong, smart and had a great attitude. Raffe really made the book though! He was so funny and such an interesting character. I found myself always so excited when he came into the story!
It was… very dark though. I’m not used to that from YA novels. Penryn often ran into horrible situations like mutilated corpses, cannibalism and children being experimented on. I believe the writer did this to convey the sort of demented world Penryn now lives in, but it did come off a little harsh. And don’t even get me started on her mother!
The story was a little demented, and the situations with the children were so terrible I felt like crying, but the writer never portrayed what was happening in a particularly distasteful way, to me. All the horrendous things that happened in the story was to draw out emotion from the reader and build up the characters. The world building was good. It was thrilling, action-packed and the end was amazing! I enjoyed it!
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
Although this book had to do largely with two people who liked each other, there were very few romance scenes. One of them was very subtle and was just two people in an embrace for warmth. The other was a passionate kissing scene that didn’t last long. There was some sexually related talk and references to taking clothes off but it wasn’t very often. Angels in the story many times had women at either side of them and the women were described as seductive.
One other scene had a very dis-likable character behaving inappropriately to antagonize Penryn, grabbing at his crotch. Ha ha, Penryn made him regret it! There’s also a brief, creepy part in the story where a strange scorpion-like creature kisses a woman to suck the life from her.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
I think these technically count as taking God’s name in vain: ‘Great ___ in heaven’ and ‘What in ____ name.’ I’m pretty sure they were each only used once. D*mn, b*stard a*s, and sh*t are used a few times. F -word was almost used but was cut off.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
For a YA, this book was violent. The hardest parts to read were the moments that involved cannibalism and children. It was realistic, made sense, but a little disturbing at times. Add to that, corpses are described many times in this book, mutilated, gory and bloody.
Blood was described regularly during battles and fights broke-out all throughout the book. Lots of stabbing, biting, punching, kicking and killing. Including hitting people in the groin and breasts.
The angels and the abominable creatures they created were brutal to humans, tearing them apart and experimenting on people, including young children!
Past stories about Penryn’s mom and other crazed mothers are violent and demented. The stories involving children were so sad and a little disturbing. The writer was not afraid to show children and other people being killed, tortured and eaten.
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 3-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 ‘for seriously’
Angels smoke cigars and drink heavily at a party.
No Homosexuals or Mention