I've read a fair share of post-apocalyptic angel-books. I'm gonna let that sentence steep for a moment. Now where were we? This post-apocalyptic angel-book is different from all of them, and has its merits. It was a solid book, but not a mind-blower or favourite.
- Harland is generous in his use of onomatopoeia, which I found jarring during a bleak narrative.
- It is really intriguing and proved difficult to predict. Repeatedly the narrative would face conflict/risk or take turns that I was sure it would dodge. I wanted to read on.
- It fantastical and sci fi, both. It is dark. Not so visceral and affronting as Angelfall, but a little like Speaker for the Dead and The Dark Crystal.
- There were some clumsy exposition-type mechanics three-quarters of the way in. I forgave, at that point, but another thing that stopped it being one of the best books, and instead a good book.
- The characters are interesting.
- Romance is not a central part of the story.
- No sex or swearing. Some violence.