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Angelfall: Penryn and the End of Days Book One [Kindle Edition]

Susan Ee
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The incredible internet phenomenon that already has over 8,000 different five star reviews. (And counting.)

'An explosive, pulse-pounding journey' - Star

'The new Young Adult fantasy phenomenon' - Grazia

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Including making a deal with the enemy.


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An explosive, pulse-pounding journey . . . A frickin' fantastic read. (Star)

Completely enthralling . . . It deserves to be a hit. (Sunday Mirror)

The new Young Adult fantasy phenomenon. (Grazia)

A fantastic combination of action, horror and romance... a thrill to read. (The Book Bag)

I hung onto every word,... If you love witty banter, a dangerous apocalypse, and a cling-on-to-your-seat plot, then why haven't you read Angelfall yet? (The Pretty Books)

More explicit, vivid, gritty and evocative than any book I've read for a long time... Both horrifying and spellbinding; I've not come across any authors with Susan Ee's unique storytelling method before... It's a book that defies the labels and boundaries of its genre, and a wonderfully spine-chilling read (Keep Calm and Read a Book)

It's rare to read a book that is intoxicating that it is all you can think of... Angelfall is one of those books. It's so full of danger, blood, anger, despair and lust... Susan Ee really has created something of a masterpiece. It truly is a flawless debut worth every bit of hype and then some! (Empire of Books)

A gripping page turner. (Irish Examiner)

I'm so happy that I decided to pick up Angelfall! I was immediately sucked into the world and I'd stay up late reading long into the night promising myself just one more chapter which would inevitably turn into several more.... Penryn has quickly become one of my favourite heroines and Raffe one of my favourite book boys... Angelfall has such a cinematic feel to it that I could vividly picture everything in my mind making it easy to absorb myself in this gritty and harrowing world. I can't believe I waited so long to read this absolute gem of a novel but I am glad that I now don't have long to wait for the sequel! (Adventures with Words)

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Susan Ee has eaten mezze in the old city of Jerusalem, surfed the warm waters of Costa Rica, and played her short film at a major festival. She has a life-long love of science fiction, fantasy and horror, especially if there's a touch of romance. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her souped-up imagination to bust out and go feral.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BIIYSCY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Sign up to hear about her next book at www.susanee.com or follow her on Twitter @Susan_Ee.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Very interesting concept and the set-up in the first few chapters was enough to get me engaged. But over time, the grip of the story loosened and my interest began to wane. The rambling, inner monologue of the toughened teenage girl in the post-apocalyptic world isn't as original as some reviewers are suggesting (Hunger Games?), nor is the angst and teenage sexual tension with a not-quite-human (Twilight?).

Where there is an element of originality is in the Angelic invasion, their politics, their culture, etc. There was disappointingly little back-story to this, with the novel instead focusing too much on the over-described relationship between Penryn and Raffe.

While a good writer of a series of books can write each individual book with a start, middle and end, It was clear early on that the author was intending this book to be a scene-setting, Chapter 1 in a longer series. In that sense, I started to resent the fact I knew there would be no pay-off at the end of the book, and I am not sure I am invested enough to wait for the next one. It would have been much better if this had been framed as a standalone novel, then we could have explored this world in more detail in future books.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Changer 30 Jun. 2012
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I do not know what I was expecting when I bought this book. It had a pretty cover and was going cheap so I thought I would give it ago. I had heard good things about it, I thought I might like it but I wasn't expecting to be blown away...yet I was. Consider me officially blown.

Angelfall is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. It has a lot going for it. The plot line is mesmerizing you live and breathe it from the very beginning until the end. It is a compelling story of family, sacrifice and love.

I found the characters incredibly engaging. Penryn is a strong female lead, a lot stronger than most girls you see in Young Adult books. The lengths she is prepared to go to for her sister is something we have seen before (see The Hunger Games) but it still proves to be touching. Raffe, the lead male character, is also strong and the perfect partner for Penryn as she travels across a ruined America. They are characters that are easy to get behind; easy to like and before you know it you realise you are caring about them.

The romantic relationship between them is a slow burner and manages to get under your skin even though nothing really happens. In fact calling this book a `romance' book is probably lying. There is little to no romance in this at all, just a shadow of what is to come in future books in the series.

Angelfall does get a few things wrong. There are a few times where Ee stretches reality a little too thinly and it becomes a little hard to believe. These moments are few and far between and do not greatly affect the reading experience. Also her world building is a little bit unbelievable. In six weeks America seems to have deteriorated an awful lot.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner 5 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book through Goodreads, where it was one of my recommendations. Originally, I had just requested the Kindle sample, but as soon as I got to the end of the very generous excerpt, I absolutely had to read the rest. (On the issue of samples: quite often, I've noticed that the quality of the writing dips seriously after the end of the sample. No such problems here!)

Susan Ee has created a compelling mix of characters: Penryn, the young heroine, is responsible for looking after a paranoid mother and a sister in a wheelchair. The world has been engulfed by the Apocalypse (no, really), and as the novel opens, they are desperately trying to leave their wrecked apartment block and, as darkness falls, head for the hills -- despite the danger of marauding gangs and patrols of the Angels who have brought human civilisation crashing down.

That's when they witness five of these powerful beings ganging up on a single, injured Angel. Penryn intervenes on the side of the underdog, and that's when her problems start. Her crippled sister is kidnapped by the Angel gang, her mother disappears, and she is left with the mysterious angel Raffe, who seems on the point of death.

How Penryn and Raffe set out to San Francisco to find the angels' aerie, how they encounter the human resistance movement en route, and what they find when they get to the aerie (much grisliness here, though not of the truly gross variety) -- all these events unfold over the rest of the book. And all the while, we're unravelling more of the mystery of Raffe and the other Angels, starting to find answers to why they're on earth, who they are, and what they're doing here, especially in the aerie's basement -- and some of those answers are deeply troubling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth the hype.. 4 Jun. 2013
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I have a 1.5hr commute into London every day so I read a lot of books. I saw Angelfall advertised on a poster in a tube station and when I finished another book I thought I might as well read it. To be honest I wasn't expecting a great deal - I thought it would be cheesy YA romance which I'd forget about a couple of weeks later. I also wasn't sure about the angels - I'm so fed up with vampires I thought going down the religious angel line was even more of a mistake.

Well, I was completely wrong. This book more than exceeded my expectations in every aspect. It was gripping from start to finish, so much so I actually missed my train stop because I was so engrossed in it. The author has created characters you actually care about, from Penryn (our strong-willed and human heroine with her occasional girly traits) and Raffe (our arrogant and tormented angel), to Penryn's crazy mum and the band of resistance fighters. Keeping all the action in a fairly small geographical location (in this case the San Francisco area) means the author can give us a good picture of the post-apocolyptic landscape without bringing complete doom on the world. I found myself rooting for almost everyone the whole way through, and I wanted to know more about everyone. I guess there is only so much space in one book, but I'd like to have heard how the resistance had gotten together and a bit more about the hierarchy of the angels.

This book has clearly been written as the first in the series - not least because there are way too many loose ends to be completely finished. I know for certain that as soon as another comes out I will be out there buying it.

Whether you are interested in YA titles or not (usually I'm not, although I did like The Hunger Games series) it is definitely worth giving this book a try. It is not a long read (more's the pity!) but you'll be hooked...
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Angelfall follows a girl named Penryn Young, who is trying to find her wheelchair bound sister who has been abducted by angels. Read more
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