Fallen by Claire Delacroix
My friend Amy sent me this book a while back and I finally took the time to pick it up. I’d been putting it off for a while since I wasn’t thrilled by the cover but I’m glad that I’ve read it now.
Set in a dystopic world in the future, the country is ruled by the Republic, which is a very Big Brother-esque organization. There’s a decency code that dictates women’s behaviour and dress and anyone who doesn’t mean strict guidelines is deemed a Shade, which is an acronym for something I can’t remember right now but it basically means that you’re subhuman.
Lilia Desjardins works for a scientific organization she despises, capturing shades. Any shades she captures go to the circus, where they can find employment and have an identity. She comes to Gotham for a conference for this organization, and also to find out who killed her husband. Adam Montgomery is an angel who gave up his wings to perform a mission on Earth. He runs into trouble when his contact, another descended angel, is murdered, forcing him to work with Lilia to solve both of their problems.
Fallen is billed as a paranormal romance by the publisher and it definitely has those elements, in addition to a great storyline. There’s a lot of world building and development throughout the novel so that you feel like you’re constantly discovering things. Claire Delacroix has also built a lot of metaphor into the novel’s premise, which is neat and makes you think. Lilia and Adam are protagonists with a lot of depth who connect on many levels, not just the physical. It’s refreshing to see characters who are attracted to one another but who really click personality-wise.
There are two other books in the series so far and I look forward to reading them both.