angelfall

Good morning Mrs Jenny and fellow classmates! Today I will
be discussing about Angelfall written by a Korean-American author named Susan
Ee. This book is the first book in the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. “Angelfall”
is a young adult novel that revolves around a post-apocalypse in California. This
is how the cover page of the book looks like. It has pretty little angel wings,
but do not be deceived. This book is a dark apocalyptic tale filled with evil
angels, cannibals, psychopaths and many other freaky stuff. Do not read this
book if you cannot handle a little bit of ripped out chunks of flesh. Although
this book seems dark, it is actually very compelling. The creepiness mixed with
fantasy, comedy, romance and fantastic characters. I just love the way Susan Ee
writes, the way she builds the world around us. The visual is so strong, it is
like watching a movie when I am reading. Overall, it is very well written, and
I enjoyed it very much. Also, the book has been translated to more than 20
languages and was one of the finalists for the Best Fantasy and Fiction Book in
2011.

The story is narrated by Penryn Young, a 17-year-old girl
living in the Northern California. It’s been 6 weeks since there was an angel
apocalypse in Northern California and these angels, they are not cool. They are
pretty evil. No one knows why the angels have come down taking over Earth and kill
millions of humans. I think the idea of these fallen angels, these avenging
angels… it’s not a new thing but Susan Ee finds a way to make it so new and
unpredictable, which leaves you to be ripping through the 325 pages to find out
why.Penryn is the main character of the book. One night, she and
her wheelchair-bound sister, Paige, was out on the street, to flee this chaotic
place (Silicon Valley) because of the apocalypse going on. But they came across
a pack of angels from a distance. There were 5 angels cornering and fighting
this other angel called Raffe (another main character), and ended up slicing off
his wings and was bleeding out on the ground. Penryn and her sister Paige tried
to sneak from the evil angels, but they were caught. So, to distract the angels
from attacking them, Penryn throws the lone angel (Raffe) his sword so that he can
fight and chase the angels away. But before they left, the angels took off with
Paige. When they flew away with a helpless little girl, her sister Penryn will risk
everything to rescue her. So, Penryn took Raffe, the broken angel, from the
street (along with his wings) to a safer place and began to mend him so that
she can get information from him about where the other angels would have taken
her sister to. Raffe is reluctant to help her out but realised that he was
rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

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Traveling through the dark and twisted Northern California,
they only have each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey
toward the angels’ stronghold (called the aerie) in San Francisco, where Paige
is, and where raffe can reattach his wings. During the journey, Raffe and
Penryn started having soft spot for each other. This is my favourite part as
the dialogue between them are so witchy and sarcastic, which made the book
extremely interesting and funny to read. They may be a little bit too cheesy
and cliché at times. But you know, it is all good cheese, it’s not mouldy.

Penryn’s apocalypse is bloody and violent, a world where
humans turn on each other, while the dangerous and not-exactly-living-up-to-their-angelic-stereotype
angels destroy the world. Susan’s world is terrifying, but luckily, we have
Penryn for company.

 Penryn Young is the narrator and principle protagonist. She
is a resourceful, headstrong and beautiful seventeen-year-old girl who cares
for her younger sister. When Penryn’s father was gone the year before, she has
been raised to take care of herself, going through survivalist camps, karate,
and self-defence classes. These skills she learns from were put into good use
throughout the novel when she is forced to defend herself and to come to the
aid of Raffe.

Raffe, also the main character, is the former owner of the
Archangel Sword. Raffe has strands of mahogany and honey hidden among his black
hair. He has deep blue eyes that are almost black and has light, caramel skin. He
has a taut and muscular body. With his overwhelmingly well modified physical appearance,
he has a very arrogant personality and is not very humble. Raphael used to be
the commander of a legion of elite angels, so this has caused him to be
extremely firm, strict but fair. However, when he met Penryn, he developed a
soft spot for her and does not act that way towards her. Even if she might piss
him off sometimes. Angelfall was the hype in 2011 about angels and the
apocalypse. I wasn’t entirely convinced, but I was unable to resist hype, so I
thought it was about time to finally start reading it. I caved and bought the book
in Amazon, which caused about $10. Apparently, this book was a surprise that did
lived up to its hype. I hung onto every word, following Penryn and Raffe’s
treacherous footsteps as they made their way into the hills to find Paige, dead
or alive. Also, the story was very descriptive including many adjectives, hence
making me be able to visualise the story and, I needed to infer a lot which made
the story suspenseful.

To end of my presentation, if you love a dangerous
apocalypse, and a cling-on-to-your-seat kind of plot, then why haven’t you read
Angelfall yet?

  

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