The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

I believe I came across this book via Twitter and as it was $.99 I grabbed it. I have been piling up non-fiction lately but then suddenly my brain is tired and I need some fiction to capture my imagination and allow me to relax.  This fit the bill.

And I really enjoyed The Day The Angels Fell even if I am not sure I agree with its theology – if you can call it that. Not surprising given my enjoyment of stories with mythical and spiritual components.

The mythical elements are mixed well with a sort of coming of age story about friendships, family and loss. While it isn’t exactly a thriller there is a nice mix of mystery, suspense and reflection. The characters are filled out enough to make the story work but there isn’t a constant attempt to fill in the details and give everyone a complete backstory.

The pacing is well done; just enough inner dialog and suspense to go along with some action and tension.

As noted, I am not really sure I am in agreement with the idea that death is a gift and the way that plays out concerning the fall, humans, etc. But it is a fascinating exploration as one thread in a larger story about loss and choice.

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