Review: Angelfall by 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.

Source: Bought


Angelfall is a post-apocalyptic dystopian where the apocalypse was caused by angels. If that doesn’t get you interested in a book then I don’t know what will. A thoroughly unique premise is what got me interested in this book, and I don’t regret reading it. It is a story of a young woman, Penryn, in California attempting to take care of her disabled sister and her schizophrenic mother after angels invade our world. While trying to escape the city with where gangs roam, she encounters a group of angels attacking another and cutting off his wings. When one of the angels is about to discover her and her family she realises the only way to save them is to try to help the angel whose wings are being cut off. She helps him defeat the angels attacking him but one of the angels takes her sister and flies away. She and the angel, Raffe, agree to help each other, so she can get her sister and he can have his wings re-attached.

I liked the characters in this story quite a bit. Penryn especially had so much relying on her and never gave up. While I liked Penryn, I loved her mother! It was just so interesting watching her try to deal with life while off her medication and added an air of reality to the story. I’ve never really thought about what would happen to someone with mental health problems during an apocalypse when they don’t have access to their medication. I will admit that I found some parts of the story funny due to Penryn’s mother, simply due to the fact that she was easily the most equipped character in the book. She had no problems surviving in this new reality and I did find that somewhat humorous. Penryn was the only character with depth to her, but I have high hopes that other characters personalities will be delved into during the course of the forthcoming series.

The love in the story was solid in my opinion. No insta-love here, only insta-attraction which I thoroughly believe in. Penryn and Raffe gradually come to care for, and respect, each other. This was good enough for me for a first book though I hope a hell of a lot more happens in the next book! Thank god there were no love triangles, I’m really sick of them, but I have to say I’m afraid one will be introduced in the next book.

Susan Ee is a talented writer. The pacing in, my opinion, was perfect! The book was well written and that is such a rarity nowadays. I connected with Penryn immediately and understood the struggles and the hardship she had to go through as the caregiver for her mother and sister. The story was so interesting and such an original concept had me hooked from the start!

While not a hard-core post-apocalyptic novel, Angelfall does not by any means shy away from gruesome images; they abound in plenty as the book progresses. I found this to be perfectly to my taste! It was all done very well, with images of horror being used only when needed and not thrown in just for the fun of it. All images that macabre were used to further the plot line for the book and the series in general.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it! I can’t wait to get my hands on World After, the next book in the series. Luckily I don’t have too long a wait.


Have you read Angelfall yet? What did you think of it? If you haven't read it yet, are you going to read it? Let me know in the comments below!

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