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The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski
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Dec 18, 08

bookshelves: urban-fantasy
Read in December, 2008

I've tended to avoid the YA surge of urban fantasy as revisiting teen angst is something I leave for watching the more comically ameliorative episodes of Buffy, but every once in a while I will dip back into those dank waters and find a fun novel such as Sniegoski's. I was first drawn to this title through some oddly convoluted Goodreads recommendation and the angel imagery of the cover. Being fairly obsessed with angelic images, I ordered the book, thinking that the story was likely not going to elicit much enthusiasm from me. As one might gather from my rating, I was pleasantly surprised.
The story follows Aaron Corbet, and yes, he has his issues like any teenager, but what makes him redeemable to me is that he isn't a massive whiner about it. He is a shy kid, stuck with a bad start being bounced from foster home to foster home, but finding his footing in a good place with a good family, attempting to make the best of himself and his life. When he starts having bizarre dreams and then suddenly develops linguistic capabilities allowing him to understand what his goofy yellow lab is telling him and that the cute Brazilian girl he likes thinks he's cute too(!), events escalate until he is being hounded by heavenly Powers intent on removing his stain from the earth.
This stain you ask? Apparently Aaron is a Nephilim, recounted in Genesis 6:1-4 as the offspring of mortal women and angels (I suppose all the gonadically female angels were relegated back up in Heaven?). Not only did they do the nasty with the human women, but they also apparently taught humans bad things like how to beat the crap out of each other in full scale war and gave women make-up (see, angels cannot be utterly straight to be able to pass on such a skill, they must be bisexual or pansexual). So Aaron is supposedly one of these half beings, made all the stranger when an angelic protector enters the scene proclaiming he is "the One." No, not of the Matrix variety, although there is some spectacular aerial combat near the end so...
This novel lays the groundwork for several follow-up novels, and ABC Family made a TV movie of it. I just hope a particular scene near the end made it into the movie, so I'm going to head over to Netflix right now to request the DVD...
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