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Angels are not only a staple of Abrahamic religions, but they have permeated pop culture so that they are favorite topics in books and films. Micky O’Brady puts a new twist on these entities and places them in a new mold in Angel Down. Her heroine, Lea Akiyama, a seventeen-year-old girl, is among the many who witnessed the arrival of the Founders ten years ago. The Founders are black-winged aliens that resemble angels. They claim to have come in peace and to help the Lord’s children develop their full potential. Yet the Founders do not score high when it comes to interpersonal skills for to touch them is sacrilegious and punishable by death. This is how Lea lost her parents. Under the Founders, the world has fallen into blind servitude, something that Lea and the Resistance refuse to adhere to. When a Founder named Jamie is beaten up and Lea saves him, she violates the rule of non-contact. Jamie appears to be different from his fellow Founders, yet Lea still feels like she is walking on a tightrope, unsure if she should trust him completely. Jamie decides to join the Resistance as he is sick and tired of serving the Lord that he has never seen or cared about. Lea and Jamie will soon discover that the Founders are harboring a secret that will unleash Armageddon on Earth.
Like most young adult fiction novels, the young protagonist narrates the tale. Lea has a tragic past from losing her parents, but her tone is pure sunshine in most cases as if she has learned to embrace her tragedy. As for Jamie, her love interest, O’Brady has done to angels what Stephenie Meyer has done to vampires. Micky O’Brady, however, explores Lea and Jamie’s relationship on a more grounded level, as their romance blooms at a time when humanity is on the brink of a great rebellion. Another amazing thing here is the divided feelings among humans about their receptiveness to the Founders’ rule, much like our differing stand on the dogmas of organized religion. Angels here are trying to save us from our own folly, but there seems to be a catch. The secret of the Founders that will determine the fate of humanity is something that you need to discover—a secret that makes Angel Down a must-read.