After reading so many glowing reviews I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book, despite a general avoidance of dystopia novels. The fact that it waAfter reading so many glowing reviews I couldn't wait to get stuck into this book, despite a general avoidance of dystopia novels. The fact that it was also a paranormal romance didn't hurt either. After having read the book, I can see what people loved about this book. The premise was interesting although not totally unique as Nalini Singh's Guildhunter series is quite similar in respect to the angel overlords with the exception that there is no apocalypse. However, her dark take on angels and their relationship with god was really interesting! Penryn was an awesome heroine who could do what needed to be done to survive AND kick ass. Raffe was hot, as male leads should be. The pace of the story moved fairly reasonably and there was quite a bit of dark and disturbing graphic imagery which I would consider a plus for a dystopia novel.
The main issues I had were matters that struck me as illogical in the setting provided. After all, suspension of disbelief can only stretch so far. For starters, the actual reason for the apocalypse given was, for me, a bit hard to accept. This was mainly due to the fact that humans managed to gun down the leader Gabriel but somehow can't put up a fight against the other angels? Even with the immense range of weaponry at the disposal of humans? What, tanks weren't around to shoot them down? Also, Raffe was so normal for an angel. Take away his superpowers and he was essentially an angst teenage boy. I think more could have been done to show him as 'other' - a completely different species. For example Nalini Singh does this really well.
The only other thing that disappointed me was the amount of romance in it. There was really only some light flirtation (view spoiler)[and one smoking hot kiss! (hide spoiler)] and I could've done with a lot more development on that front. Fair warning to those who start reading this book for the romance!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to lovers of dystopia and those who don't mind the kind of graphic imagery you'd find in zombie novels. My quibbles with the story are mostly minor and for a debut novel, it's quite superb work. I'd definitely continue with the series and look forward to the next installment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more