California has been destroyed by the angels of the apocalypse. Now gangs roam the streets and everyone lives in fear. Penryn Young (17), her mother and younger sister Paige, who is wheelchair bound, made a plan to get out of Silicon Valley and go into the hills. During their escape, the trio crosses paths with some warrior angels. Her mother runs away and one of the angels, Raffe, fights off five other angels but it doesn't go well. His wings are cut off and Paige is abducted by the other angels.
Penryn is heartbroken and determined to rescue her sister. She helps nurse Raffe back to health and the two partner to get what they want: Raffe has information that can help find Paige; Raffe can get his wings re-attached. As they make the trek north, they meet up and join a militia resistence group. Penryn needs help, but this is a dangerous alliance. Is she going to find her sister or lose her forever?
Teen Student Reader (16):
As a fan of apocalyptic books and movies, I enjoyed Angelfall, which shows how humanity might respond when faced with this situation. It is action-packed, full of suspense, and does a terrific job helping the reader become immersed in the story without boring the reader.
The action starts on page one, catching the readers attention right away, and it does not let up until the book ends. Angelfall's vast use of twist and turns keeps the book interesting from start to finish. Penryn is ao very interesting character, and the reader is able to see her growth from scared to courageous throughout the book.
Angelfall also features a controversial twist on angels, who we assume to be peaceful and helpers of humanity, are turned into killers and bringers of the apocalypse. While I don't particularly like this twist, it does make the book interesting and exciting.
Science Fiction / Dystopian fans won't be disappointed in the action in this story! Readers looking for a "different take" on angelic characters will find this intriguing.
The plot contains profanity, and has very gory fights and sexual references.
This is a dystopian young adult novel set in an angel realm.
This is a book to read for fun.
15 and Up
15 and Up
Teen student volunteer, reviewer age: 16
Buy. There is a lot of great action. This book does a tremendous job setting up for the next book, so I give it a "buy."
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|Publisher||HarperTeen, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2012|
|Author||Susan Beth Pfeffer|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers © 2008|