We're at war.
On the verge of an apocalypse filled with monsters and torture in a nightmare world.
And I'm standing here, a moonstruck teenager pining for an enemy soldier. What am I, crazy?
This time, I'm the first to turn away.
This book is the third in Susan Ee's Penryn and the End of Days series - I reviewed the first two, Angelfall and World After, back in November 2013, and have been waiting patiently since then for this last installment. I actually gave World After 5 out of 5 stars, which for me is pretty rare. End of Days alternated between slow-paced scenes and fast scenes, and although I still enjoyed it, it took me a while to get through it.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
First off, I highly recommend reading the series in order, because these aren't really stand-alone books. You might be able to get through End of Days without reading the first two, but you'd be missing all of the backstories from the first two novels.
The series is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian series, and is unlike any other series out there right now, or at least ones that I have read. There's a war brewing between the angels and the humans, after the angels took over the human's world a few years ago; things are especially confusing for Penryn, since she's friends with Raffe (Raphael), an angel that was kind-of "blackballed" a while back and hasn't returned to his kind. Raffe now is up for election to return and be the angels' leader, though, and has to decide if he wants to re-enter that world or stay with Penryn and help the humans fight the angels.
I normally get to read during my lunch break at work but haven't had a lot of time recently, so it took me about 1.5 to 2 weeks to read this one. Because of that, it seemed pretty slow at times, although the finale is great and I could definitely see it playing out well on a movie screen, should the Penryn and the End of Days series ever be made into movies. Susan Ee is a great writer, as well, which really helps bring the characters alive.
End of Days will be released on May 12th. 3.5 stars out of 5.
*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
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