AUTHOR: Susan Ee
SERIES: Peryn & The End Of Days (#1)
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dystopian
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars
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.
What I Liked:
- The great strength of this book has to be the two main characters, Peryn and Raffe. Peryn is a fantastic heroine. She was smart, able to stand up for herself and quick to think on her feet. Most of all, she's not 'special'. I have long since tired of Dystopian fiction where there is something different about the MC. Here she is just another human trying to survive with nothing more than some self defense classes to help her. Her relationship with Raffe was great too, and their interaction was fun to read.The relationship between the two of them built at a good pace and had a lot of spark to it that I thoroughly enjoyed. Raffe himself was a great character too. I loved his cynical nature and his secretive side actually appealed to me in this one.
- The plot-line, though a little basic, was easy to read and flowed so well that I was totally hooked.From beginning to end I loved everything about the story and Ee did a great job of introducing a couple of new elements to the way that post-acopalyptic stories are written. There were enough twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat, without having a pace that ran too fast for me to cope with.
- The world-building in this one was pretty good too! It's not made clear whether the entire world has ended or just a few cities in America, nor do we know exactly what happened. Yet that felt entirely realistic. No human on Earth would know all the details about an international catastrophe. They would just know the situation in their own little tiny portion of the world. Some of the things that Pen heard and saw were truly chilling too, and reflected what humanity could become should it face such a disaster.
What I Disliked:
- While I enjoyed watching Penryn interact with a lot of the characters, some of them felt a little weak and even unnecessary at times. My biggest issue was with Penryn's Mother. Despite the fact that she clearly has an interesting back-story that will make itself clear in the next two books, I only found her frustrating to read and felt like at times she was nothing more than a plot device to mess the situation up for Penryn. Again. I hope that Ee has something planned for her that will make her involvement in this book unavoidable.
This is a really great start to what looks to be a promising series! I sure hope I can get onto Book 2 soon, because this one has really pulled me into this story and that ending really makes me want to see that everything turns out okay (please?). The main characters at least were very strong with a believable romance building, and the plot and world-building impressed me massively. Ee's writing is pretty good too. I wish that the surrounding cast had been a little more complex, but I'd be intrigued to see how Ee handles them in 'World After'.