Author: Susan Ee
In a world where angels trap and kill adults and children, it feels like the Apocalypse for Penryn. She learns to scavenge for food and care for her disabled sister and psychotic mother. Until one day, a group of angels find her and take her sister away, leaving behind an injured angel with his wings torn off. She will do anything to save her sister, including striking a deal with this angel. He is Raffe (Rah-fie) and they rely on each other while travelling across the country to the aerie, the angels' stronghold, where her sister is kept.
There were sparkling reviews for this book. I can't say I disagree (like the way I did for Article 5). This is absolutely beautiful. Like in Article 5, a lot of the world-building seems glossed over. But in this one, they do explain the circumstances quite clearly, and we feel, together with Penryn, what her life is like. Her love for her sister, her fierce determination to protect people no matter what, it's sort of stereotypical for a protagonist, but Susan Ee just makes it so credible. The writing is so immediate that you get swept along with the plot and you just. Don't. Stop.
We have our hot, sexy angel (duh) named Raffe (as I said, Rah-fie. It'll all make sense later) who has some really amusing conversations with our smart-mouthed protagonist. You can see all the different layers of him. I just love him. And you have all the angels with different personalities and angel politics and I just couldn't stop reading.
I really can't say anything bad about this book. It felt so immediate, so real, despite it being about angels. Susan Ee is an incredible author. Now I'm just biting my cheek and boucing around until the next book.
Grade: A+++ Yes go read it now.