A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers can compare the author's interpretation of angel lore and descriptions of the fall of angels with what's said in different books of the Bible and in literature (Milton's Paradise Lost is a good start). They can also get out a map as they travel with the characters through the book around Europe and the Middle East.
Romantic love trumps religious devotion here, and readers will have to choose a side, just as the angels do.
Positive Role Models
Lucinda makes a big transformation, discovering her strengths and making sacrifices for the greater good. Daniel continues to be steadfast in his devotion but doesn't change very much in this book.
Violence & Scariness
A willing human sacrifice is stabbed, and blood is used in a rite. Many celestial beings fight; some close to the main characters are killed, while others get some gory injuries like a starshot arrow through the eye and a hand hacked off. A legion of them are trapped and burned to death, and some are bludgeoned and impaled. The Fall of angels figures prominently, and a re-creation of that moment in time threatens to bring about the end of the world. Lucinda and friends are kidnapped, tortured (not described), and thrown into special bags that almost strangle them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing between Daniel and Luce. A celestial being talks about getting a taste for mortals and decorates his apartment to attract women.
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A sprinkling of words including "damn," "bitch," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of snack foods like Pringles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at a college party; Luce is offered alcohol at someone's house.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rapture is the last book in the Fallen series about an angel-human romance. The actual rapture described in the New Testament almost happens, and on the way to stop it, celestial beings do quite a bit of fighting -- some die, some get gory injuries, and many burn to death; plus, there's a bloody scene with a willing human sacrifice. Also know that there's a view of heaven, particularly in this book in the series, that might not sit well with some religious readers.
Is It Any Good?
OK, Fallen series fans, RAPTURE is your "tied neatly in a bow" romantic conclusion -- but getting there isn't terribly satisfying. When the characters are hunting for relics -- for reasons clumsily established -- it feels like one of those crazy "10 countries in seven days" tours; too many places and characters come at you too fast (Venice, Vienna, Outcasts, Scale, fallen angels, demons, Elders...) so that nothing seems important anymore.
Then there's the Daniel-Lucinda romance for the ages. They'd be more compelling if there had been any real relationship development in the last few books. When they're together in the present, Lucinda talks about how perfect and beautiful Daniel is -- blah. They kiss a couple times -- same old. Danger finds them, sure, but it doesn't change their relationship in any way. Soul mates are boring. Even what should be a profound moment for them, making a huge decision together, is marred by the author's less than inspiring (a few might say offensive) take on what goes on in heaven.
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