* I was given a copy by the publisher and author thru Netgalley
TITLE: The Day the Angels Fell
BY: Shawn Smucker
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
PUBLICATION: September 05, 2017
It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?
Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.
WHAT I THINK:
First of all, look how gorgeous the cover is. I like covers like this one. 🙂 🙂
Anyway, the reason why I used Goodreads synopsis (for the first time) rather than making my own is because if iI make my own it would be as short as this:
This is the story of Sam, of his life after his mother’s death when he was twelve, told by much older Sam.
I just reread Tuesdays with Morrie last month and couldn’t help comparing the two books as both talks about Life and death and fear. As most of you are familiar with TwM which is a nonfiction, this one though is almost a fantasy. When Sam’s mother died, he questions life and death and the answers he found are mostly up to you if you believe them.
The author really did a good job weaving this poignant tale, a mash-up of fantasy?mythology and the bible. Isn’t it interesting. There are times, while reading this that I think the author includes myths for the sake of the story and it turned out to be very creative. Even though this is fantasy, i couldn’t help but admire the depths of the wisdom engraved in each page of this book.
The character, Sam, made it even better because he was well-developed and characterized, making the whole story very real.
Overall, i recommend this book to everyone, Christian or non-christian both. 🙂
Thank you Netgalley for giving me an arc. 🙂