Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: End of Days

 Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia // Angels // Romance
Publisher: Skyscrape
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Physical 
Source: Purchased (Amazon)

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 (goodreads)?

The problem with most series is that they must end...

Plot: Penryn and Raffe have escaped the Aerie with their lives and they're beginning to see how dangerous the apocalypse will really be. Armed with her trusty Pooky Bear, Penryn has to face humanity and decide whose side she's on: humans or angels. 

End of Days is fast-paced with non-stop action which makes this final book easy to devour. A lot happens in End of Days but I never felt rushed nor did I ever feel lost in the storytelling. Once again, Ee paints a devastating image of humanity as it tries to scrap together a life, but she also holds up a mirror and shows us what damage humans can do to themselves as well. The ending, while satisfying, was not as explosive as I wanted. Ee did leave plenty of room for additional books, so I'll eagerly await to see if she chooses to explore other areas of this gory and brutal world. 

Characters: Something strange happened to me in this book: I empathized for a bad guy. Hell, I almost cried over a bad guy! Ee's strength is in her characters. The dialogue is full of witty one-liners and thought-provoking observations. Ee's characters are three-dimensional which is refreshing in a world of "good vs evil." I began to question what those terms, "good" and "bad," meant and how everyone has a story to tell. 

World Building: For such a short book, Ee managed to take her readers almost everywhere! She introduces a whole new world in End of Days which is clearly just the tip of the iceberg. I am astonished by Ee's creatively by the multiple worlds in this series and I hope she will return to this world. 

Short N Sweet: Final book reviews are always difficult to write, but End of Days left me with a smile on my face, and I think that's all that matters. 


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