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Literature: Penryn and the End of Days
Do be afraid
The world as we know it ended six weeks ago, when hordes of angels came from the heavens, prompting the humans to panic and shoot their leader, Gabriel. The angels thus wreaked havoc upon the humans, forcing them into animal-like lives.

Seventeen-year-old Penryn Young lives in this world with her schizophrenic mother and her wheelchair-bound little sister Paige. The night she wants to flee the gang-infested neighbourhood to search a safer place to live, she witnesses a fight between some angels, one of which gets his wings cut off in the process. The others leave, but not before abducting Paige. Desperate to find her sister, Penryn decides to pair up with the wounded angel, Raffe, whom she blackmails into helping her by withholding his wings. The two of them travel to San Francisco to the Aerie, the angels' stronghold.

On the way, they witness strange murders involving cannibalism, and stumble into the camp of a rebel group led by the charismatic Obi. All the while, Penryn's mother, who was the only person present when Paige became paraplegic, who doesn't stop rambling about demons and who made Penryn learn all sorts of self-defense so whatever happened to Paige won't happen to her, stays close to them, unseen.

This dystopian YA book series is the first work of Susan Ee. It was first vanity published but soon became so popular that it was handed over to professionals. So far, it consists of:

  • Angelfall
  • World After

A deal for a movie directed by Sam Raimi has been signed.

Penryn and the End of Days contains examples of:

Penryn: "You're not Fallen, are you?"
Raffe: "From what I've heard, that would just make me sexier to you Daughters of Men."
  • Alone in a Crowd: Josiah
  • Badass
  • Badass Boast: Subverted; Penryn claims that no one takes those seriously anyway.
  • Bad Boss: Beliel in a nutshell
  • Big Sister Instinct: Penryn's whole motivation to infiltrate the aerie is to get her little sister back by any means necessary.
  • Big Fancy House: The Aerie used to be a hotel.
  • Body Horror: Raffe, close to the end of the first book. Also Paige and the other humans who were experimented on. The Locusts. Beliel.
  • Broken Angel: Raffe.
  • Cat Fight: Between Penryn and Anita—another girl in Obi's camp. Orchestrated by the Dee-Dum twins.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pet tracker.
  • Companion Cube: The angel swords, while sort of sentient, are basically this to their respective owners.
  • Council of Angels: There are higher and lower ranking angels, as well as fallen ones. The author explicitly stated she didn't want her angels to be strictly Christian, so there are no hints of any God in this book.
  • Creepy Child: The Nephilim Penryn encounters. And later on, her sister Paige.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The angels certainly show hints of being this.
  • Disappeared Dad: Penryn's father left because he could no longer cope with his mentally ill wife.
  • Downer Ending: Paige is recovered and can walk again, but now she is an inhuman monster feeding on people. Penryn is badly wounded and is brought back to Obi's camp. Raffe got wings sewn back on, only they aren't his, they're Beliel's bat-like wings, marking him as an outcast.
  • Dumb Muscle: When he says that every idiot would have caught them, Penryn dryly remarks that their captor Boden at least is right in that she and Raffe were caught by an idiot.
  • End of the World as We Know It: Happened six weeks before the story starts.
  • Fallen Angel: (Duh!) Beliel likely is one. Raffe gets marked as one, too.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The highly dangerous, crafty spymasters who seemingly got their eyes (and hands) just about everywhere? Their names are Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
    • Pooky Bear, the extremely mighty archangel sword who has only got two equals in all the worlds.
  • Girl Posse: Uriel loves himself some.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Invoked. Penryn hopes that this trope makes a teddy bear a fine disguise for her/Raffe's sword.
  • Gone Horribly Right: What Laylah does to Paige and all the others.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: While not good per se, feathered wings are those of actual angels, while angels fallen from grace have leathery batlike wings.
    • There is quite a variety of wing colors among the angels, but Raffe's are pure white.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Penryn falls back on quite harsh, if desperate measures, to get to Paige, like brute force and blackmail. Many humans live as gangs, terrorizing, mugging, and killing others and trading with parts of angels. Others live as servants and courtesans to the angels. Most of the angels, however brutal and dangerous, don't even know why they were sent to Earth. That the humans shot their leader might be a motivation for their cruelty as well. There are also the Nephilim, unholy offspring of angels and humans. If the humans slept with the angels voluntarily is not clear.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Nephilim are children of angels and humans.
  • Healing Factor: The angels absolutely have this, to the point where bullets are almost the only thing that can kill them.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Nephilim including Paige, after Penryn saves her.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Even though she understandably hates angels, Penryn starts to feel attracted to Raffe.
  • Ill Girl: Paige, a 7-year-old little girl bound to a wheel chair At first.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Penryn and Raffe, subtly.
    • It is also hinted at the apocryphal occasion when some angels fell in love with human women. Nephilim ensued.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Raffe acts aloof and belittling towards Penryn but towards the end, he does stupid things just to help her, up to and including risking his life at gunpoint to return her to her family.
  • La Résistance: They have no formal name as of the first book.
  • Light Is Not Good: The angels, while very beautiful, are strong, brutal, and elitist.
  • Mad Doctor: Laylah.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Where Penryn eventually finds Paige.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After a few days, the amputation of his wings doesn't seem to bother Raffe much, as least physically. In contrast...
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Justified. Raffe is not used to walking long distances, so his feet become raw pretty quickly and he starts moaning.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Raffe and Obi, as well as almost every other angel.
  • Never Found the Body: Gabriel. At least the humans didn't.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Not even Penryn knows how sane her mother is. If the demons and ghosts she keeps talking to are real or due to her paranoid schizophrenia remains unexplained.
    • In the second book, She certainly helped some people who were seemingly dead but actually just paralyzed to stay alive by making them look like part of a satanic ritual. No one wanted to touch them, while all the other victims got Buried Alive. There is also the pet tracker with the chips sewn into the starburst she sews on every single one of Penryn and Paige's pants "for protection".
  • Our Angels Are Different: They are stunningly beautiful, but arrogant and very dangerous humanoids. Plus, they are physically stronger than humans, have much lighter bodies, and have a heightened sense of sight, smell, and hearing.
  • Rebel Leader: Obidiah.
  • Scary Scorpions: The Locusts are somewhere between this, Body Horror and Insectoid Aliens.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: To disguise herself as Raffe's consort to get into the aerie, Penryn dons a little red dress, strappy shoes, and makeup. Raffe is stunned for a moment when he first sees her like this.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smoking Is Cool: Uriel
  • Stockholm Syndrome: What Paige seemingly developed towards Beliel. Later, though, she chews him up.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: What Paige does to Beliel and the lack of reaction from everybody else can easily evoke this.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Raffe, of course.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Raffe, again, but Penryn also has shades of this.
  • Teen Superspy: Dee-Dum, natch.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Penryn's mother.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future
  • Waif-Fu: When trained soldier Boden attacks her in the rebel camp, nobody expects Penryn to win. She does so nonetheless, though with some realistic difficulty.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Super?: The angels refer to the humans as “monkeys”.
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