Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Angellfall by Susan Ee

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Release Date: May 21, 2011
Page Count: 284 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
Do I Recommend it?: Not really.

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

(Review under the cut)
Review: I had such high hopes for this book. Angel apocalypse! How exciting! (Well for me at least). I don't think I've ever read an Angel apocalypse before, and I was genuinely excited to get into it. Oh my god, the possibilities! This book could have gone anywhere.

This book went south.

Lets start off with the fact that this was was 100% uninteresting to me. Any and every thing that happened in the book didn't affect me one bit. I didn't care at all about what was happening.

The world building was ... well, there was no world building. Penryn, as us, knew as much about the Angels at the end of the book as we did in the beginning of the book: Absolutely nothing. Who exactly are the Angels? What did they want? Every enemy has a reason for their actions. How did they take over the world? I would've loved an explanation for that. When Penryn took down that Angel at the end easilywith a gunshot, this made we wonder how the Angels even conquered the humans. With the military we have, it would have been pretty possible, wings or not.

Of course, with every apocalypse comes with a resistance camp, a group of human who are gathering forces to save the human race. I was excited when we got to this point because we get to meet new characters! Different people their own story and wanting revenge on the Angels. But we didn't get hear any of the stories. What we get is a house full of boys who are more interested in seeing girls in a wet t-shirt than protecting their own skin (According to two twins known as Dee-Dum, which is another thing that annoyed me. They are two different people, despite the fact that they're identical twins, but yet you don't even distinguish the two and just refer to them as one person? Way to go). I mean, is this a joke? Your world is in peril and all you care about satisfying your perverted needs.

Oh and yes, there were women at this resistance camp. What were they doing? Laundry. The men work on the latrine and guard the camp and the women wash. A century of feminism and women's rights washed out in two months.

The only thing I cared about with the resistance camp was their leader, Obi. He was the first and only character I met in the series and we barely saw him for more then ten pages. How ludicrous.

There was that one scene in the resistance camp where one of the members, Boden, made a lewd gesture at Penryn, and Penryn retaliated by punching him in the face, and Boden hits back. Once they start fighting, Penryn actually stops fighting back, lets Boden assault her face with punches while she waits for someone to save her. To this I say, what the actual hell????? Who actually intentionally stops fighting to wait for savior? Penryn is trained in not one type of self defense, but all of them. She knows how to fight and knows how to win. So why the hell would she stop and wait for someone to save her? I'm pretty sure that self defense doesn't' teach you that you need have your ass pummeled and wait for your savior before fighting back (Penryn wins the fight, by the way. For fucks sake, this whole scene was stupid).

During the scene, the crowd was placing bets! With money! What the hell? There is nothing you can do with the money, so why are you exchanging it? And why the hell is Raffe getting into the bet? Raffe is an Angel, he shouldn't know jack about bets! But I'll get into that later. It's then said that the reason people place bets on fights, and let fights happen, is to relieve stress, to calm down their anxiety, which I completely understand. These are dark times they're living in. But what about something like boxing? Or a sport, like football? Or other activities/games where opponents are fairly matched beforehand? Random fights during their work day is completely irrational and plain stupid, especially since they allow their fights to go onto until the loser is almost close to dead.

It's small things like this that make me go crazy.

Lets get into the characters. There is absolutely no character development at all. The characters were one-dimensional, flat, and straight up boring. We never even got a sense of their personalities. They were just this one characteristic, which stuck through the end of the book. We didn't even get a description of Penryn. All we know is that she has brown hair and is beautiful. Okay? What makes her beautiful? Is she quirky? Intellegent? What is it about her that's beautiful?

And of course Raffe is described as a beautiful hunk who has a face and body that was sculptured to perfection. This description happened way too many times, to be honest. We get it, Raffe is good looking, lets move on.

One thing that I can't' wrap my head around were the Angels. They're a species that aren't from Earth, so how they hell do they know about our culture? Raffe knew about bets, about the military, and so much more, but how the hell did he know that? And the aerie, where the Angels stay is, is an area with clubs and hotels. Women prance around in small, tight dresses and make-up to get into the club. The angels dress in 1920's clothes and have multi-colored wings with spots and patterns, etc.

What he hell is any of that? Why are there some people homeless and starving and trying to survive, and these women are trying to party it up with the Angels? Why are the Angels even partying? How do they even know about hotels and clubs and anything about our culture? They angels even talked like us! Raffe and Penryn sounded exactly alike. Both harsh and sarcastic. 

In Twilight, you could tell Edward was different because of the way he talked. He kind of sounded and acting like an 100 year old man. Angels have around for hundreds of years, yet Raffe sounded like a angsty teenager, like Penryn and basically gave us no indication that he was an Angel. If it wasn't for the wings, I wouldn't have known otherwise.

I had so many questions, and I got absolutely no answers.

The book never got better for me, and I was so done with reading it that I ended up skimming the last 100 pages.

My journey with this series ends here. This book has so, so, so much potential, and I'm sad it didn't get to meet reach it. Or even touch it with a ten foot pole. 

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I just posted my review of this the other day. While I seemed to have liked it slightly more than you did, I had a lot of the same problems — like the million questions I have about everything that happened, and the lack of character development.

    You also made a REALLY good point about why the people were betting if they didn't have anything to spend money on, haha. I can't believe I didn't pick up on that!