First Lines: Everyone thinks I’m dead.
Ok, so if the beginning of this book wasn’t a big ol’ spoiler for the previous book, I would definitely give you more information. But as it stands, that one sentence is all you get for first lines. This was a book I moved to the top of my to-read list like a year ago and I finally tried reading it. (I move quickly, you see.) But first, I reread Angelfall to remember the story and the characters. Best. Idea. Ever.
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
To Penryn, the world after the angel apocalypse looks nothing like the world she knew before. Making it seem normal again isn’t easy, especially after a group of people attack her sister, Paige, thinking Paige is a monster. What ends in a massacre leaves a family torn apart and Paige disappears. Desperate to find her again, Penryn takes to the empty streets of San Francisco, but a question lingers: where is everybody? Her search reveals the angels’ plans and the depths they are willing to go to for control. Meanwhile, Raffe can’t rejoin the angel ranks unless he gets his wings back. But stuck between helping Penryn survive or his wings, which will he choose?
Y’all, I love this series. There’s something that’s so different about it and I wish I could put my finger on it. But I’ll do my best.
Penryn is such a fascinating lead. She’s independent and self-reliant for such a realistic and reasonable reason: her mentally ill (and unstable) mother has never been able to care for her or her sister. So for Penryn to be clever and resourceful makes sense. She has strong survival instincts that only come more in handy in this apocalypse. I love that she’s sassy and a fighter. It makes every scene where she gets to fight back that much more exciting.
The minor characters also are a complete joy because they are so nuanced. I adore Raffe, I have a crush on Dee and Dum, and I have a place inside of me where I just want to pummel the angels for destroying Penryn’s world. But even the angels (looking at you, Uriel) have nuanced motivations and personalities. There was one moment in this book where Uriel was startled by something that happened and it sticks with me because it shows that he wasn’t planning on something happening the way it did. Penryn assessed the situation perfectly and I just can’t get over how simply perfect that one little sentence was.
The action is as amazing as ever. We haven’t seen the last of the scorpion creatures and they certainly bring a level of insanity and terror to every scene they are in. They’re just creepy and wrong. But at least we have Penryn around to kick butt (literally…just wait and see what she does in this one!) and take names. The fights are intense and I just love the way a couple of them turned out.
The world of this apocalyptic Silicon Valley is just amazing. I may never have been there, but it doesn’t matter. I can picture all the destruction and devastation as easily as if I had seen it myself. Ee pulls in a lot of landmarks that also help set the scene well.
What I loved best about this book was this tension with whether or not Penryn and Raffe would find each other again. There are a few…twists…that come along the way that I thought were well done.
Seriously, is there anything this book can’t do?