I chose to read Plastic Wings because I thought the blurb was interesting. It’s the first book of a series.
Evie finds a boy in the forest: a dark angel. Years later, when she’s a teenager, she comes across these angels again. This time though, they have started to attack humans. She is torn between feeling compassion for the dark angels, and being loyal to the humans.
This book is #ownvoices for black and asexual representation.
This book is both character-driven and plot-driven.
Evie is a very well-written character. She’s not perfect, neither is she imperfect. She’s relatable and she doesn’t want to give up on either side. Her asexuality and being black are mentioned on-page, but they are not the focus of the story.
The minor characters are all really well-developed – which I always enjoy. They live their lives, make mistakes and achieve goals, even when Evie is not in the picture. They also end up influencing some of the events. I hope that the sequel will include more of Angie, Evie’s sister, because she has a very different perspective to the world and I am interested in finding out more about it.
The angels are amazing antagonists. They are not your run-of-the-mill fallen angels, neither are they knights in shining armor. Their motives for attacking humanity are explored – however, I hope that more will be explained in the second book. The descriptions of the angels are not only original, the execution is also perfect. I very much enjoyed how we kept finding out more about the angels.
It’s written in first-person from Evie’s perspective, which makes it a rather bumpy and slow read. Evie herself is unsure about what is happening at the beginning of the story and we learn about the angels at the same pace as she does. I love novels where you feel like you are the main character, so this was right up my alley!
I enjoyed Plastic Wings, and recommend it to people looking for an interesting take on angels. I’ll certainly be reading the next book.
Trigger warnings (taken from the book): abuse, assault, suicide, torture, death.
Have you read Plastic Wings? What’s your take on books about angels?