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.
Oohhh, this is such a good read!!
There is so much to talk about but finding the right wording is proving to be difficult for me.
This is a Young Adult book, and this 46 year-old woman loved it! I’m still a young adult, right?! (hello?) I’ll take that silence as your agreement. Most adults have dealt with death, fear and/or loss, so we can relate to these things. It might be more of a fantasy time book for some young people that only have their imagination to go on.
Remember when they used to talk about the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other? That is kind of how the good and evil is portrayed in The Day the Angels Fell, except the angels aren’t the little guys on Samuel’s shoulder but the actual people in the story. It was pretty easy to figure out who was good and who was evil, and seeing how each of the characters responded to them was captivating. The darkness and creatures defined evil so well. The Tree of Life might have been a gift at one time, but the way Mr. Smucker has described death being a gift makes so much sense.
A lot of books these days seem to bounce around, and this one is no different. You will bounce back and forth between the past and the present, but it made the story that much better to me. I liked the way they were woven together. I really liked the relationship between Caleb and old man Samuel. (That’s all I’ll say about that.)
This book is a page turner that deals with grief, death, loss, good and evil, and it will not disappoint!!
I received this book from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.