Title: Angels Rising (Heaven Corp #3)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Uriel 3019 has been a cybernetically altered angel since he volunteered for the program fifteen years ago. His devotion to the floating city of Heaven is fierce, and he’ll follow any command he’s given. But Uriel’s orderly world is crumbling. Angels are going mad, even hurting people. Some are rebelling, and the noble families are vying for control—by any means necessary.
Uriel’s latest assignment brings him into a secret society, where his partner, Raphael, is working for freedom and equality for all angels. Could their group be responsible for the angels’ recent erratic behavior? Uriel is determined to find out—and report on his findings. But he doesn’t count on Raphael’s confession—that he has feelings for Uriel—or the memories slowly starting to return from the time before he became an angel.
Is he on the right side? Does he dare to stand against Heaven, even if doing so will save his fellow angels from becoming soulless automatons? Uriel has to decide if his loyalty belongs to his superiors… or to the angel who’s stolen his heart.
This installment cannot be read as a standalone – first two books provide much of the world building and back story.
I also recommend reading Exodus before Angel 1089, even though Angel 1089 was the first “written” in the series. The over all story arc flows better.
After enjoying the first two books, I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I bounced off it. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in quite the right mood to read it (downside with reviewing books, sometimes a deadline dictates what you’ll read next) combined with the book itself.
I do continue to enjoy the post-apocalyptic world setting, where the Families and well-to-do have built themselves habitats, homes and lives way up high in the sky, dubbing themselves Heaven; and the downtrodden, the poor, are relegated to the lower levels or Downside, which is ruled by the Demons (here is where you need to have read the first two books). Heaven is ruled by the Abrahams, the Michaels, and the rules are enforced by the Angels.
Where the first two books explain fallen angels and how restrictive Heaven has become, especially with the Morality Codes, I liked how this shifted to Heaven and the problems that happen when you turn a person into a cybernetic, unfeeling, unthinking drone.
But as I noted above, I struggled getting through this. *I* never really did feel the attraction between Uriel and Raphael. I felt the emotional engagement was lost in the flying hither and tither, the double secret agent activities, and Uriel trying to make sense of his returning memories that their story was just sorta…lost.
It was as if there was just too much going on between the glitching angels, the rivalry between the Michael’s and Abraham’s, the Thirteenth Level, everyone carrying secrets, and the search for a hacker that everything became overly muddled. By the time the climatic conclusion hit, I was, honestly, skimming pages just to move the story along.
Ending did have a neat little plot twist tho. Quite liked that.
Ultimately, very mixed thoughts on this book both pro and con. I think this will be one of those books where you’ll need to read and decide for yourself what you think.