Author: Dane Cobain
First Published: 2015
Page Count: 124
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
A brilliant, original concept that will leave readers pining over the promise of what this book might have been.
*Various POV *Lack of Details
“They grew out of the darkness, mysterious shapes hiding in plain sight in abstract mockery of the senses.” Glowing, powerful beings have begun to appear all over the world and their presence only seems to leave death in their wake. They are known as Angels and they have the globe in an uproar wondering why they are here, who are they, and what their purpose is. It is up to a priest and a young businessman to uncover the secrets of these mysterious beings in hopes of stopping them from further destroying humankind.
End of days type stories are definitely one of my favorite sub genres, but when I saw this book was about how angels try to destroy mankind in the name of righteousness I was very excited. I had never seen a book use something we associate as purely good, especially something biblical, and turn it into something we fear. And luckily this concept Cobain created seems very logical. Angels would be against sinners so who better than to take out said sinners? It’s also pretty easy to make the argument every human is a sinner or has sinned sometime in their lives, no matter how innocently, which would leave every person on earth in peril.
While I was on board with the concept, the book itself left much to be desired. The chapters jump back and forth between the points of view of different people who are experiencing the Angels and will sometimes focus on the priest and the businessman’s storyline. I’ve never been a fan of this method of storytelling; it reminded me a lot of World War Z and why I didn’t latch on more to the story. When I’m tossed around between characters too much I’m not able to feel grounded in the story or build a relationship and understanding with a character unless we’re talking Game of Thrones where each character’s chapter is fairly long. My biggest issue with the book, though, was that there just was not enough. Enough of what you ask? Everything! I didn’t feel that we got a lot of description or background about the characters, which is probably due to what I just mentioned above. I also would have liked more background on the Angels and their whole mythology. The book went by way too quickly in terms of our exposure to the Angels, the human characters, and how the solution to fighting them (which I thought was a bit weak and anticlimactic) was mapped out.
After reading the description of the book and receiving it in the mail I was expecting a thrilling, supernatural read that would really stand out against the other books I’d read like it. However, everything felt too vague and I wanted more to the story and our villains. The author shows promise with how creative his concept is but he needed to take me deeper into the story and his world in order for me to really feel shaken by the book.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.