Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee

Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, 3)
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21st May 2015)
Blurb:

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?

Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Review:

END OF DAYS by Susan Ee is the concluding book to the brilliant Angelfall Trilogy/Penryn and the End of Days. Penryn and Raffe’s journey continues, and they face many obstacles but as the apocalypse approaches they are faced with a tough decision.

In END OF DAYS Ee draws all the plot threads together and creates a thrilling ending to a fantastic trilogy. With the addition of this book Penryn and the End of Days stands as a brilliant trilogy for those who love apocalyptic worlds and angels. Ee has a strong grasp of the many plots in the book, and brings them together in a well-spun tale.

Penryn is my favourite character in this trilogy. There is just something about her; she can make hard decisions, and live with the consequences, but at the same time she is just a good person – she does her best not only for her mother and sister, but when she can everyone else. I think that this really shines through in this book.

Raffe is as enigmatic as always through the majority of this book, in part I think due to the fact that Penryn narrates the story. Ee makes an interesting choice here, limiting our view of Raffe so we only get to see what Penryn sees. I think this works well, in that it helps us empathise with Penryn and it helps to invest you in the story.

Penryn’s sister and mother also play a part in this story. Paige is interesting, and as with Raffe her positioning in the text is interesting – and has been intriguing since the previous book. I really enjoyed the way Ee wrote the sisters’ relationship, and showed how strong it was – how much both sisters love each other. Penryn’s mother is…something: a definite character.

Ee weaves the plot of the novel brilliantly. From the first page I fell straight back into the story, as if it hadn’t been months since I read WORLD AFTER (review). There is a lot going on in this book, but whilst you read it everything flows and feels cohesive. Ee handles the ending brilliantly; the journey to get there is one heck of a ride, one that I am glad I got on.

Ee brings the series to a extraordinary conclusion with END OF DAYS. The battle to avoid the apocalypse, of humanity verses angels, comes to an epic finish that will leave you breathless. If dystopian, apocalyptic dramas are your genre of choice then what are you waiting for?! Penryn and the End of Days is not a trilogy to miss.

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