Skillfully layering significant myths from before the Common Era into the narrative, [she] makes it hard not to believe that anything is and was possible. I have to say, from my own experience, this is a real challenge. What led you to take it up, and what do you make of these labels? What does the word "genre" mean to you? Danielle Trussoni: Readers love books that take them somewhere, that teach them something about the world, that have characters that speak to them. At least, these are my favorite kinds of novels.
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Start your review of Angelopolis Angelology, 2 Write a review Shelves: arc , scifi , mysteries-abound , netgalley , not-that-good-but-kept-reading Angelopolis is a disaster of a book. It begins well, with our hero from book 1, Verlaine, and his meeting with Evangeline. Evangeline is taken by Eno, an evil Emin angel, which is the start of our adventure to Dullsville. Trussoin spends an incredible number of pages dedicated to what each type of angel looks like, and what they do.
Equally, the dedication to Noah and his seed catalog is tiresomely drawn out. What is lacking from Angelopolis is a point. The actual emotions of the characters are so stilted and academic, it hurts. The motivation is nil, and so the characters simply exist and perform the essential tasks needed to move the meager plot forward. In one passage, Verlaine "shivers" because "There was something in her manner that inspired a sense of fearlessness.
The character that inspires fearlessness, said relatively little. In another instance, Vera has just awoken to find her party greatly reduced. She hoped that her silence would be understood as a kind of vigil.
These are moments to be taken advantage of in character development, but instead, Trussoni simply moves forward. Equally troublesome are the settings that contain items that were previously not included. I can only conclude that Trussoni liked the sound of the word, and used it. She had to put something about an Angelopolis in the book, and so we are fed lame lines that add up to nothing. Very little time is spent on creating a sense of fear and impending doom.
We simply have to take it on the word of the Angelologists that the angels are evil. He was going after Evangeline alone. Finally, the conclusion is horribly thrown together, and an ridiculous cliffhanger is tacked to the last page.
Quotes taken from an unedited e-galley. ARC provided by Netgalley.