by Susan Ee
Part of the Penryn and the End of Days series
The official print edition of the internet phenomenon.
Already over 8,000 five star different reader reviews. (And counting.) It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it.
Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.
When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 23/05/2013
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781444778519
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by Verkruissen
I absolutely devoured this book. I'm a huge fan of most anything dystopian, post-apocalyptic etc....I was a bit hesitant that this has angels in it since my previous YA / angel themed books were quite predictable. I think that the main character Penryn is a wonderful heroine in this story. She is strong, realistic, and brave as she uses Raffe to try and find her sister who has been taken by the angels for some reason. Her attraction to Raffe was a bit predictable but I was totally OK by it. I think her schizophrenic mother is a very interesting character as well, she seems to have some advantages in this new world and uses her mental illness to her advantage. When I got to the last page of the book I was a bit upset that it ended where it did but luckily I had the next book ready to go!
Review by aka_no_joou
Never thought I would enjoy a book where angels are the soldiers of the apocalypse. Pretty good one. And the girl is not stupid, that's a plus.<br/>A lot goes on unexplained, but I guess it adds to the mystery; even the motivations of the main characters seem a mystery... I hope this doesn't get ruined by corny feelings.<br/>It almost, almost went to the normal-plain-girl-loving-monster-that's-actually-a-good-guy area. I'm amazed it didn't, but still not completely convinced about it. No, this is not a Bella-Edward thing again...so far. I'll wait for next book to get better explanations about his motivations.
Review by SadieSForsythe
I thought that this was a pretty good read. There were some really great parts. Such as the paranoid schizophrenic mother who forced her daughter to take numerous self-defence classes, in case the daughter should ever need to defend herself from HER. That does something moving to my insides. I also liked Penryn and Raffie, as well as Obi and his crew. <br/><br/>I did occasionally wonder where all the normal people were. I mean there had to be a few non-homicidal or non-victimised people out there. There just had to be. But Penryn only seemed to meet up with potential murders or completely broken people. That didn't feel particularly realistic to me. Sure there'd obviously be some, even a lot, but EVERYONE? <br/><br/>That's a small quibble though. I only have two real complaints. One is that the whole thing had a bit of a 'we did this, then I did this, and then this happened' feel to it. This is often hard to avoid with any first person, present tense narrative, but I REALLY felt it here. What's more, it felt very much like we were JUST getting an accounting of what Penryn was doing, without feeling like it was also leading up to anything. It felt like it just so happened that this minute to minute accounting of her life occurred in the midst of a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, as opposed to this future angelic war zone and her contributions to it being pivotal to it in any way. Interesting, but unimportant to the whole. I'm not saying that was the case, just that it felt that way. <br/><br/>The second is that the question of WHY is never addressed. It's a bit like reading a novel set during D-Day without anyone knowing or telling the reader what World War II was about or why June 6th, 1944 was important. This lack of understanding stole a bit of the gravity from the story. <br/><br/>On the whole, however, I read it in a day and enjoyed it. I'd even be interested in picking up the sequel at some point. <br/>