Genre- This dystopian novel was more twisted and dark than I had expected.
POV- First person, present tense
Trope- survival, family loyalties, desperation, and strength in a heroine protagonist
Similar/Comps– Hunger Games, Circus of the Dead
My emotions- At certain parts- toe-curling creepy with creating disturbing images. That forest scene was just… shiver up my spine…
Raffe- angel warrior. I wanted him to have more personality. He was too flat for me to connect and root for them.
Penryn- strong 17 year old heroine
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, Penryn, will do anything to get her sister 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.
They have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
“I knew from the start that your loyalty would get you killed. I just never thought it would be your loyalty to me that would do it.”
During the climax scene, I had to reread paragraphs a few times to be clear about what was happening. Unfortunately, the multiple pronouns had me confused about who was doing what to who. So, rereading slowed down the action.
The “hurry up” vibe of the ticking clock was done really well done and I really enjoyed the setting established in the beginning and the adventure/journey the pair went on together.
What I’d change-
One reason is that there weren’t enough breadcrumbs dropped along the way. A big revelation of information given on page 198 was too confusing with too much information that seemed to come out of nowhere. On page 234 I felt like I jumped into a different genre completely that was unexpected so it felt disjointed from the rest of the story. At the end, there were too many unanswered details of the plot and the angel world that just left me hanging instead of feeling resolved.
Because I’m a baby, this series may be too scary for me. I don’t think I’ll read the others in the series.