Published: August 28, 2012
Amazon Childrens, paperback, 290 pages
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Oh man. This was a wild one. I swear, Muse's "Uprising" was playing in my head the whole time I read this book. This book just radiates the idea of sticking it to the man. The apocalyse, killer angels, schizophrenic mothers, paraplegic sisters, monsters, revolutions; I can't even conjure up an appropriate amount of pop culture references to truly relay to you the amazingness that Angelfall was.
And it's a self-pub. Jaw hits ground. I feel bad for judging self-pubbed books poorly (hey, I've had some not so good experiences, now.)
Okay, so Penryn. Let's describe her like this: if Katniss Everdeen had to choose between Peeta and Penryn as her confidante and ally in the Hunger Games (or hey, even dodgeball), she wouldn't even have to think twice. Penryn is BAD. ASS. Her mom's schizophrenic, and she's lived all her life being told that Things are after her. So, naturally, Momma enrolls her into every
single self-defense and mixed martial arts class on the face of the planet. SHE KNOWS A THING OR TWO. Apparently these classes had a special emphasis on being spunky, too, because Penryn's attitude makes me all kinds of smug. This girl is my kind of girl, but I'd be a little afraid of her, too, what with the roundhouse kicking like the speed of lightning.
ANYWAY, Penryn and the apocalypse. She befriends an angel, Raffe, who's in a pretty bad way. All his angel friends hate him a little and he and Penryn form this weird "I hate you, but I'm using you for my own means to an end, but also you're more beautiful than a million Tahitian sunsets and I want you on me" alliance. No one ever actually says all that, but that's the beauty of the love/hate relationships. They take forever to solidify, all the while making our hearts cry, because we want them to be in love already.
The last 50 or so pages are absolutely riveting. You may as well not even try to carry out your activities of daily living until you finish it. There's so much mind-screwery that simple sentences may be difficult to form and/or comprehend. So don't interact with people for a few minutes to avoid humiliation. This book's sequel? It will be criminal. There's a whole world of angel politics, revolutions, and romance to be explored.
Nurse's Note: there was a part where a character, who was actively bleeding, had a headache. They were given aspirin. DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN TO A BLEEDING PERSON. It's a blood thinner!
Reader's Note: This is why nurses shouldn't read books.