Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blog Tour: The Departed by Kristy Cooper

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The Departed by Kristy Cooper
Pages: 176
Publisher: Olivier
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 

What if someone tried to fake the rapture?

When hundreds of thousands of people disappear in the middle of the night, including sixteen-year-old Gwen's best friend Lana, no one knows why. Some believe they were taken in the rapture, while others are convinced that it can't be true. Doomsday prophecies abound that involve horrifying tales of plague, famine, earthquakes, and more.

At first, Gwen doesn't know what to think. While she is busy mourning Lana, many people around her are getting taken in by the cultish True Believers Temple, including Gwen's dad and her friend Mindy. It is clear that more and more people are going to be pressured to join this church, as it starts taking over the media and the government, gaining zealous followers all over the world.

Then Gwen starts receiving emails from Lana. She claims to have been forced into hiding with thousands of others in an underground compound. Gwen is convinced the emails are real and the only other person who also believes her is Isaiah, her moody crush. Together they resolve to find out where everyone is hiding and help set Lana free.


My Review
It took me awhile to get around to this story so I had forgotten what it was about. However, once her friend disappears and there is a mention of how religious her friend family is I knew it was a rapture story. I'm not going to get in what I think about the rapture but let's just say I'm not a fan of the idea. 

In this story, a bunch of people all disappear in the middle of the night without any sign of a struggle. The one common denominator is that they were all members of the same church. People are buying the rapture story and church attendance skyrockets. The only, there wasn't a rapture. It was all faked by the church.

With all the things cults have believed and done the idea of faking the rapture isn't all that far fetched. Unfortunately, when the chips are down it is very easy to convince people of things. This is why it is always important to have your own mind and not blindly follow anyone or anything. I will say the way the author had one of the preacher say his piece he made for a very convincing argument.

I liked the story as a whole. The theme wasn't for me and perhaps that's why it's only getting a 3 star rating for me. I think that the story was told well enough. The characters are okay but not very developed. This first book ( the way it ends you know there's going to be a book 2) is all about the plot and not very focused on characters. Overall, a pretty good read that is a little different than the usually y.a. book. Oh and by the way, if I remember correctly it is a clean (non sexual) novel.

About the Author
Kristy Cooper found herself often contemplating unusual what-if scenarios and knew it was time to start writing them down. She worked as a librarian for years and is now busy raising small children and writing YA novels.

Stay up to date with her books at kristycooper.com, follow her on twitter @kristycooperYA, and find her on facebook at facebook.com/AuthorKristyCooper.

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