Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Series #1)

Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Series #1)

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by Susan Ee
     
 

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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

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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 Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

“Ee’s debut novel is a promising opener to what looks to be a YA series worth following, one that explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a hero.” —Locus Magazine, March 2012

Finalist for Cybils Bloggers’ Award for Best YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Book of the Year 2011

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Ee's gritty debut, which stars a heroine with backbone, angels of the apocalypse seek revenge against humans for killing the Archangel Gabriel, and street gangs have taken over Silicon Valley. Seventeen-year-old Penryn lives with (and cares for) her wheelchair-bound sister, Paige, and their paranoid schizophrenic mother. While attempting to escape their apartment to find safety, Paige is kidnapped by an angel. At the moment of the abduction, Penryn meets Raffe, an angel whose wings have been cut off by the angels who take Paige. Hoping Raffe might know where Paige is, Penryn reluctantly nurses him back to health, and the two join forces, traveling to the angels' "aerie" in San Francisco to recover Paige and repair Raffe's wings; along the way, they are captured by a dangerously anarchic army of the human resistance. Smartly conceived details (for example, there's a bounty on angel body parts, turning them into a commodity) feel fresh in this apocalyptic romance that's sustained by well-developed characters, atmosphere, and strong writing. Ee leaves plenty to discover in a planned sequel. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
It is the end of days and the avenging angels of the apocalypse have descended to destroy the world. Cities fall into chaos with street gangs ruling the days and beautifully cruel angels ruling the nights. Penryn is doing her best to take care of her schizophrenic mother and her disabled seven-year old sister but it is not enough. A ruthless angel flies her sister off into the night and in desperation, Penryn saves Raffe, an enemy angel who is lying wingless in the streets, in the hopes that he will help save her sister. They forge a shaky friendship and begin a difficult journey through what is left of California. They learn to rely on each other while facing a Resistance Army, gangs, and something even worse—an enemy that feasts on human flesh. Penryn is torn between her feelings of hatred for the angels who destroyed her world, and the friendship she has with Raffe. The writing is crisp and flows easily within a creative and thoughtful plotline. Teenagers will easily connect to the feelings and emotions Penryn experiences as she learns who to trust and what matters most. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
VOYA - Stephanie Petruso
Penryn, her mother, and her sister are struggling to survive in the weeks after a war among angels (started by the assassination of Archangel Gabriel) has made much of Earth collateral damage. Surviving children have been mysteriously disappearing, and when Penryn’s sister, Paige, is taken, Penryn is determined to get her back. She kidnaps Raffe, an angel whose wings have been brutally cut off. She saves Raffe’s life, convinced he can lead her to her sister, and the two form an uneasy alliance. The two fight for survival as they search for Paige and a way to reattach Raffe’s wings. Their quest finds them trying to blend into the human resistance, as well as the community of angels that is now controlling what was once San Francisco, and both Penryn and Raffe question where their loyalties really lie. Angelfall shows strong similarity to The Hunger Games, from its postapocalyptic setting to the powerful teen heroine, her mentally unstable mother, and the need to protect a weaker sister. It will satisfy those looking for well-written read-alikes, but the characters and story line are multifaceted and stand on their own. This book sometimes surpasses The Hunger Games, though, in its violence. Some of the scenes are very gory and disturbing, and may upset some readers. Despite that, public libraries will definitely want to purchase this series. Ages 12 to 18.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761463276
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Penryn and the End of Days Series, #1
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
21,831
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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