Author ~ Alina Popescu
Published ~ 21st April 2017
Genre ~ Science Fiction, M/M Romance
How far would you go for the one you love? How much of yourself would you sacrifice?
Trapped on a decaying Earth and cut off from the rest of the Universe, humans are no longer allowed to leave their planet. Break this one law and you die: a penalty enforced by flyers, aliens who look like angels of long-lost religions. Michael, the flyers' leader, is the Punisher who carries out every public execution.
Adam, a young human with near-perfect memory, is committed to rebuilding Earth and a true believer in the flyers' dominion. While Adam's support for flyers isn't a secret, his deep love for Michael is. Not even Michael knows, for his kind never take human lovers, and to Adam, they are too far above him to reach.
In his broken and unwelcoming world, Adam's love can only lead to pain, loss, and disaster. Yet there is no force in the huge expanse of stars and galaxies that can stop Adam from following Michael to the end of existence. Not even Adam's own beliefs.
Word count: 36000+
This author has a penchant for writing the unusual. I’ve read several of her stories, and each one has veered off the classic path of each genre. Angel’s Feather is no exception.
There was an intergalactic war, and Earth lost to the winged beings known as Angels. Their law means that death awaits any man who builds a space ship. Instinct tells us to thwart oppression. Earth residents want things back to how they were before earth fell and in many ways, who can blame them?
In Adam, we have a main character that agrees with what the Angel’s are doing. He believes that his father, who was killed by Michael for breaking the rules, should have been trying to put food on the table instead of building space ships. Adam believes the essential elements of life should come before escaping to other planets.
Michael is the leader of the Angels and takes it upon himself to do the jobs with the biggest burden – executions. Each time there’s a killing, Adam sees the disappointment and hurt from Michael. Adam aches for Michael. Adam loves Michael and despises himself for feeling such things over someone who is so far above his station. Michael is experiencing emotions for Adam, that can’t be. Through their history, no one has ever had anything like the feelings he is experiencing for another, let alone a human.
Angel’s Feather is written in the first person; therefore, it is not English Dictionary perfect. As such, technically, I’m sure there are some things that editors would suggest changing, especially the sporadic overuse of words like, just. But, I felt they minimally hamper the story, because, Miss Popescu has a style of writing the heads straight for the heart and is, intimate. I couldn’t help caring for the characters.
Adam has an eidetic memory and an inner strength that allows him to stand up for what he believes in. Michael, on the outside, seems hard, but he also has an innocence about him too.
If I say what I want to say, it will give too much of the story away. Suffice as to say that things happen, and Adam becomes a man with a different goal.
At times Angel’s Feather gave me goosebumps. It isn’t long, and it is fast moving. There are twists, and Miss Popescu has a knack for writing the unexpected. Through life experience, Adam learns the value of having the upper hand. There are dramatic scenes, loving ones, heart in mouth ones, and the odd, damn moment, too. Evolution also has a place in this story.
This is the first book of a series. The conclusion contains high drama, but doesn’t leave the reader on one of those all annoying cliff-hangers. It does, however, leave the reader with some dramatic events to look forward to in book two. This is a series I am thoroughly looking forward to.
Meet Alina Popescu
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.