Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Series: Extinguish #1
A war between good and evil had been going on for thousands of years. Lucifer had been trapped in hell for a long time, but he had been trying to break free. All signs had been indicating that the apocalypse was coming and Lucifer would once again roam the Earth. One of the lower level angels Serah was given the impossible task of convincing Lucifer to stop the war.
Angels unlike humans were not supposed to act on their emotions because to do so usually led to becoming one of the fallen. The angels were not supposed to question anything; they were supposed to blindly do as they were told. Serah was different from other angels because she strongly empathized with humans. Once she met Lucifer, she began to question things, and she learned that there was much more to him than anyone had ever told her.
Serah was unusual for an angel because she saw that there was good and bad in everyone including angels. Most angels saw things in terms of black and white, which was why Lucifer had a bad reputation. Not to say that he didn’t deserve that reputation on some level, but he wasn’t pure evil like others made him out to be. Lucifer was interesting because he was complex. This did have a different spin on heaven and hell, but the characters stood out more than the world building.