So, what is wrong with this book Well, here goes 1 The style of writing is very cold and distant it reads like a very, very dry textbook most of the time There are passages that aren t quite that bad, but they are few and far between 2 Considering that this book has been advertised as a an apocalyptical thriller that will give you nightmares it is surprisingly dull Nothing much happens in the first half, and then a lot of what happens in the second half is just uninteresting It felt to me that the author really didn t know what kind of book she wanted to write a thriller a religious drama a study of the human psyche but she failed on all counts The Rapture mostly reads like the screenplay for a really bad disaster movie Well, maybe not even that because in a disaster movie muchwould happen 3 Gabrielle She s the lead character an art therapist who sits in a wheelchair because of an accident she had not too long before and the story is narrated by her A large part of the book is centered on her insecurities and self pity, and on her psychological debates with herself She is constantly stating that she doesn t feel like a real woman any because she is in a wheelchair So don t read this book unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time reading about the inner workings of a bitter, jealous, cynical and insecure woman Gabrielle is mostly just concerned about herself, so I find it hard to believe anyone would let her work as a therapist she needs one herself 4 The romance Such as it is Gabrielle meets a man called Frazer Melville There is zero chemistry between them, and I personally have no idea why he is attracted to her I also found it somewhat irritating that she would constantly call him by his full name Frazer Melville did this, Frazer Melville said that even after they slept together or by his profession, The Physicist as in I wanted to call the physicist to tell himVery strange Their romance just did not ring true for me It felt forced and, basically, cringe worthy most of the time Also, once she meets Frazer, Gabrielle becomes completely obsessed with sex So be prepared to read a lot about that obsession.
To sum it up, The Rapture is a badly written, fairly predictable, and completely pointless book The story develops very slowly, the style of writing requires a lot of patience on the reader s side, and the constant religious and or psychological babble grated on my nerves I didn t care about the characters at all, and I certainly didn t care about whether or not any of them survived in the end In the hands of a better writer this might have been a much better book, but as it is it was a waste of time.
this is yet another installment of what is becoming a fairly lengthy list of books authors that i have never heard of that karen has recommended to me.
as i ve said on goodreads before, she has great literary taste and we obviously like the same kind of books writng as every single one has been great.
and this book is no exception.
it has everything you could possibly want from a bookbeautiful writing,memorable characters and a gripping plot that makes you not want to put the book down.
and it s fairly scary too.
liz jensen is a great writer who deserves to bewell known and i m looking forward to reading other books by her.
While The Rapture isn t one of the greatest books I ve ever read, it was an excellent read that gave me characters to care about and ideas to think about While the story wraps up in a shocking manner, the story itself contains enough ambiguity to leave some things up to the reader s experience and interpretation Because I prefer ambiguity to certitude in literature, this aspect appealed to me very much I loved how the relationship between Gabrielle, an emotionally and physically paralyzed therapist, and Bethany, her criminally insane patient, develops It was interesting that I got this book as I was reading Dying Inside In my review of that book, I questioned whether it was science fiction because the author never explores the hows and whys of David Selig s telepathic ability In contrast, Jensen does explore the hows and whys of Bethany Krall s precognition For a mainstream book, it contains a lot of science It explores psychology, geology, ecology and physics It is definitely science fiction In comparison, Dying Inside is not science fiction at all.
You may consider the following to be spoilers, so be warned The RaptureI have read a lot of post apocalyptic literature, along with time travel, it s one of my favorite sub genres of science fiction This book kind of fits into the genre, but it s pre apocalyptic instead of post apocalyptic Jensen doesn t pull any punches Once the events that lead to the end are set in motion, there is no miracle salvation The ending of this story is one of the gutsiest I ve seen and it left me gasping About halfway through the book, I found I had to force myself put it down to get things done I had to know what was coming next and how it was going to happen There are so many questions left unanswered because they cannot be answered.
a chapter into Liz Jensen s latest novel and my mind was reeling and I was wondering what on earth I had gotten myself in for Unfortunately, the momentum fizzles out about half way and it turns into an amalgam of every disaster Armageddon movie you ve ever seen, albeit withsophisticated language.
The story follows an art therapist, Gabrielle, who is assigned to work with a teenaged girl who has brutally murdered her mother and who believes she can predict the end of the world In the beginning of the book, Gabrielle is cynical, smart and incredibly frustrated and angry by the way her life has turned out after the loss of her boyfriend in a tragic car crash Throughout the storyanddetails are revealed about the crash and Gabrielle s own part in it, but instead of getting stronger andadaptive as the story goes on, the character actually becomes incredibly reliant on others, ending up needy and pathetic and not nearly as sassy as she is in the beginning,What I did like about the story aside from the hundreds of rarely used words Jensen stacks in was the science The psycho babble surrounding Bethany and the other inmates of the hospital, the description of Gabrielle s own injuries and convalescence, and the descriptions of the hazards of global warning are all well detailed and accurate This is a well researched book.
Is a pity then that when the protagonist starts to fall apart, the entire storyline unravels as well All the development of the characters in the first part of the book is quickly demolished as Gabrielle becomes unhinged and obsessive and Bethany stops being crazy and just appears as a normal, snarky teenager The dialogue gets hard to follow and the jumble of time and space stops being clever and simply starts to be distracting and hard to follow Its as if Jensen didn t have a plan for the book and was quite unhappy with where it ended up, but unable to turn it around once it got there.
There is of course, a number of apocalypse clich s, including a predictable and unnecessary one right at the end of the book It s too neat a wrap up for the story Gabrielle is mean and tough and then she has a minor breakdown and then suddenly all her pieces just fall in to place just as predictably the world is ending.
The Rapture is worth reading just to watch Jensen weave magic with the English language She is truly a master of the art form and you are guaranteed to add to your vocabulary by the end of the book But don t expect a surprise twist in the ending you can predict what happens next after the first three chapters and the story wearily delivers it up.
I had a hard time piecing together a review for Liz Jensen s The Rapture, an apocalyptic eco thriller Though I found the book hard to put down, I also found aspects of it irritating The story centers around a therapist, Gabrielle, assigned to treat a young murderess, Bethany, and things begin to get interesting after the patient begins to have alarmingly detailed visions of natural disasters all of which come true The story begins as a creepy religious thriller set in a psychiatric facility, so much so that the back of the book bills it as The Left Behind series meets Girl, Interrupted, but to represent this book as anything other then an eco thriller or even a political suspense novel would be misleading There are improbable scientific explanations for nearly everything It also took longer then usual for this book to hook me Jensen does give us detailed accounts of almost everything down to the smallest details of a throw away scene or action The result is a lot of stalled action My other bone of contention lies with the portrayal of Christians themselves Jensen colors them as irrational fanatics to the point where they become as threatening as a looming tsunami The inclusion of one sane Christian in the face of so many religious radicals would have been appreciated.
The only reason I was pulled into this book at all was the inspired narrative voice of Gabrielle Fox Gabrielle is a scientist recovering from a personal tragedy that unsurprisingly gave her a huge crisis of faith Recently paralyzed her new view of the world forces her to question and mistrust everything around her Her compelling and skewed view of events saves the novel and perhaps the world.
The Rapture introduces Gabrielle Fox, a beautiful but deeply damaged clinical psychologist Paralyzed from the waist down, Gabrielle has come to Oxsmith, a hospital for criminally insane youth in Hadporth, England, to start anew personally and professionally She leaves behind a tragic and traumatic history in London that has left her broken physically and emotionally Gabrielle becomes fixated on one of her art therapy patients, 16 year old Bethany Krall, the daughter of a fanatical Faith Wave pastor who brutally murdered her mother two years earlier Bethany is having apocalyptic visions of natural disasters worldwide, drawing highly detailed and accurate pictures of events that have yet to happen, from a megahurricane in Brazil to a major earthquake in Istanbul Gabrielle spends the rest of the book trying to decipher Bethany s disturbing prophecies, to determine whether the girl is a psychotic or a gifted and to figure out how much she s willing to invest in the visions and the millions of lives at stake if they re true The therapist s personal drama is backdropped by scenes of global political upheaval, disease, climate change and social chaos that further whip the book s atmosphere into a frenzy that builds toward a truly unforgettable ending.
I thought Jensen s writing was breathtaking She uses language that is rich in both imagery and vocabulary I think I would have loved the book no matter what its topic, just because of the way the author writes Her characters are deeply flawed and very human although sometimes frustratingly so Gabrielle is at times infuriating in her self doubt and paranoia, but her troubled psyche is key to the plot The story is sometimes painful to read, and Jensen doesn t pull her punches This is apocalyptic fiction, folks Don t expect a sunshine and rainbows ending The events contained within are disturbing and realistically plausible, and have very well given me something else to sit up at night worrying about Jensen s end of days horror is not a recycled asteroid hits Earth scenario, but a well researched threat that I ll look forward to readingabout in the future.
Jensen does infuse the end of The Rapture with a shred of bittersweet hope for the future, uncertain and difficult as it may be for her characters, and the world.
Purely on its appeal as an eco thriller, this book would merit four stars it s decently paced, grippingly conceived, bleak but engaging, with enough scientifically sound research to back up the plot Set in an undefined but plausibly grim near future, a cynical, wheelchair bound art therapist is confronted with a teenage homicidal patient who seems to be predicting impending climate change related disasters with terrifying, absolute accuracy The questions addressed in response by various conveniently principled experts are highly topical Is humanity, as a whole, worth even attempting to save Does it matter, on the massive geological historical scale on which Homo Sapiens is nothingthan a short blip Where does religious end of days mythology feature into it and Wouldn t we be doing the planet a favour if we just accepted we re horribly harmful parasites and fucked the fuck off You know, current issues stuff.
In any work of fiction I read, I look for good characters, a good story, and good writing, roughly in that order The story in this was captivating, the writing indifferent but not actively eyeroll inducing It was, all in all, decently entertaining I wanted to know where it was going I wanted to finish it asap, but for mixed reasons yes, because I was quite gripped by the story and wanted to know how it would end, but also because I couldn t fucking wait to get this mess over with, to be quite frank What knocked several stars off for me was the characters If this had been written by a man, I d be raking him across the coals for his awful sexist treatment of the female characters Seeing as this was written by a woman, I d like to, well, rake her across the coals for her awful sexist treatment of the female characters.
There are four notable female characters in this book Gabrielle, the first person narrator, rendered a T9 paraplegic ie fully paralysed from the waist down after a tragic car accident, who doesn t want your pity, doesn t want to be called disabled, or differently abled, or handicapped, or anything, and just wants to get back to her pre accident life of dispensing art therapy to psychotic patients despite her self admitted inability to process her own post accident issues, and everyone s misgivings about her returning to her job so soon despite her evidently not being ready for it Fair enough I was determined to like this chick She s broken, she s highly intelligent, she s super cynical She s a mess but a mess you want to root for Right Nope It became all too quickly evident that this snarky but capable, pessimistic but relatable to survivor was anything but Gabrielle is narcissistic, self involved, whiny and self pitying way beyond the point of the tolerable the degree to which this is excusable by her recent traumatic life changing experience is quickly eradicated by her blatant incompetence and downright stupidity when dealing with her end of day climate prophet Bethany, a sixteen year old, matricidal patient of a mental institution All of Gabrielle s dialogue in dealing with Bethany is pathetic, the worst kind of clueless therapist babble you could conceive of She doesn t seem interested in the least in who her patient is, where her psychoses stem from, never mind the absolute accuracy with which she predicts natural disasters All of Gabrielle s interactions with Bethany are the blandest of How does this make you feel and I wonder if this is reminding you of anything in your past stereotype questions Apart from her ineffectual interactions with her patient in which she constantly overreacts, antagonises, transfers, and otherwise is easily and obviouslly manipulated by a fucking 16 year old , Gabrielle has no personal life because, as she constantly and self pityingly reminds us, she has no feeling left beneath her waist, so she is only HALF A WOMAN, and any wheelchair dwellers who have any hope or aspirations for their lives are idiots, and no man will ever look at her again, so clearly her life is worthless Except then she meets a man, less an 1 4 into the book, who is obviously into her, and then within no time at all they are fucking like rabbits and her life s purpose is clearly restored, hooray She then turns into a completely brainless, sex obsessed, needy, whiny, clingy, hysterical idiot whose only concern seems to be whether she can sufficiently orgasm without a functioning lower half spoiler she can WHEW Except then within a very short period she suspects her man of having sex with someone else and everything in her life the impending global disaster she knows about via her patient, the resulting worldwide crisis, the issue of humanity s survival, and her own becomes completely irrelevant to her because clearly the only question of any importance whatsoever is whether her dude is fucking some other chick in a completely obvious and annoying misunderstanding, he isn t, for the record This is a first person narrator, so all of the plot, which involves an obviously impending global natural disaster, is filtered through this woman s perspective, and she can t be arsed to give a fuck because oh noes, her boyfriend might, on the flimsiest evidence, be fucking someone else and that is all that matters Never mind the quite interestingly structured, detailed, scientifically backed up environmental crisis plot let s focus on the artificial daily soap like drama of this woman s self manufactured jealousy because bitches be crazy, right Spare me The second notable main character is Bethany, the psychotic teenage doomsday oracle, who is made up of a string of clich s she s a religiously raised psych ward resident, so naturally she must be spouting scripture, rejoicing in human suffering, gleeful, malicious, suspected of satanic influences and bafflingly antagonising characterisation from the main character, who seems to have no professional boundaries whatsoever in dealing with her, stupidly refuses to listen to what she s saying at all times, slut shames her for no discernible reason at one point describing her Goth make up as darkly whorish wtf and otherwise slots in place a filter of such stereotyped bias that it becomes completely impossible for the reader to get any real idea of who Bethany actually might be, aside from a convenient plot device Bitches be crazy, right SPARE ME The third female character, a side character at best, is Bethany s previous therapist, who eventually came round to believing in Bethany s predictions and ended up being dismissed for unprofessional behaviour She spends all her on page time stalking Gabrielle to warn her of Bethany, looking unkempt, wailing and spouting doomsday prophecies and being generally well, bitches be crazy, right FUCKING SPARE ME The distant fourth and last female character is a physically perfect Icelandic blonde, fit scientist goddess with absolutely no character profile of her own, who exists solely to manufacture unnecessary jealousy for Gabrielle, who on a complete non event of supposed evidence believes her to be fucking Gabrielle s boyfriend, which she isn t That is all That is the only reason this character exists She s someone to be jealous of for the main character because you guessed it Bitches Be Crazy COME ON, BOOK SPARE ME.
In conclusion, this book is a schizophrenic mess One half of it is a gripping, gloomy, well plotted eco thriller that I wish could have been given the full scope it deserved The other half is an offensive, shallow, soapy chick lit drama that I wish I could have quit.
An Electrifying Story Of Science, Faith, Love, And Self Destruction In A World On The Brink It Is A June Unlike Any Other Before, With Temperatures Soaring To Asphyxiating Heights All Across The World, Freak Weather Patterns And The Life Shattering Catastrophes They Entail Have Become The Norm The Twenty First Century Has Entered A New Phase But Gabrielle Fox S Main Concern Is A Personal One To Rebuild Her Life After A Devastating Car Accident That Has Left Her Disconnected From The World, A Prisoner Of Her Own Guilt And Grief Determined To Make A Fresh Start, And Shake Off Memories Of Her Wrecked Past, She Leaves London For A Temporary Posting As An Art Therapist At Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital, Home To One Hundred Of The Most Dangerous Children In The Country Among Them The Teenage Killer Bethany KrallDespite Two Years Of Therapy, Bethany Is In No Way Rehabilitated And Remains Militantly Nonchalant About The Bloody, Brutal Death She Inflicted On Her Mother Raised In Evangelistic Hellfire, The Teenager Is Violent, Caustic, Unruly, And Cruelly Intuitive She Is Also Insistent That Her Electroshock Treatments Enable Her To Foresee Natural Disasters A Claim Which Gabrielle Interprets As A Symptom Of Doomsday DelusionBut As Gabrielle Delves Further Into Bethany S Psyche, She Begins To Note Alarming Parallels Between Her Patient S Paranoid Disaster Fantasies And Actual Incidents Of Geological And Meteorological Upheaval Coincidences Her Professionalism Tells Her To Ignore But That Her Heart Cannot When A Brilliant Physicist Enters The Equation, The Disruptive Tension Mounts And The Stakes Multiply Is The Self Proclaimed Nostradamus Of The Psych Ward The Ultimate Manipulator Or A Harbinger Of Global Disaster On A Scale Never Seen Before Where Does Science End And Faith Begin And What Can Love Mean In Interesting Times With Gothic Intensity, Liz Jensen Conjures The Increasingly Unnerving Relationship Between The Traumatized Therapist And Her Fascinating, Deeply Calculating Patient As Bethany S Warnings Continue To Prove Accurate Beyond Fluke And She Begins To Offer Scientifically Precise Hints Of A Final, World Altering Cataclysm, Gabrielle Is Confronted With A Series Of Devastating Choices In A World In Which Belief Has Become As Precious And As Murderous As Life Itself Reason for Reading Apocalyptic fiction is one of my favourite sub genres Summary It is the not too distant future and the world has entered a new phase, one where global warming has happened and temperatures, weather and climates are no longer what they used to be Gabrielle Fox is a wheelchair bound art therapist who has started a new job at a Psychiatric Hospital, home to Britain s most dangerous children and she has been assigned the most dangerous of all, Bethany Krall, who brutally stabbed her mother to death with a screwdriver when she was 12 Bethany also predicts the future, not just any future but future natural disasters storms, earthquakes, etc and as Gabrielle realizes each one comes true she begins to believe her patient and feels guilt for not warning the thousands of people who die A strange bond develops between therapist and patient with the position of authority often switching.
Comments I ll start by saying I neither believe in the evangelical concept of The Rapture nor that global warming has anything to do with human produced carbon dioxide These are the two main controversies presented in this book I will also say that ultimately, I did enjoy the plot the story of the Gabrielle and Bethany, the predictions and the ultimate race for survival as the apocalypse approaches.
Within this world there are two extremist groups one The Planetarians who know humans are but a blip in the age the Earth and our time is over as dominant species and nature is taking its natural course as it has over millions of years in the past and a new organism will take our place as dominant species On the opposite end there is The Fifth Wave, a mass convergence and conversion to Christianity who believe The Rapture is at hand They strive to bring their friends and loved ones to the Lord so they to may rise above the clouds in The Rapture These people happily await the coming of The Rapture Neither of these extremist groups take a major part in the story until well into the book but near the beginning, being a Catholic, I wondered well, what about Catholics The author must know we don t believe in The Rapture My answer came by page 75 when the main character states during a discussion of disparaging religion is general I was taught by nuns, I tell him They couldn t see how tribalistic they were Or how pagan As for the traditions, it seems to me that the Catholic Church enjoys just making things up as it goes along You could almost admire its creativity Right, anti Catholic view expressed, noted and understood Catholics are not ever referred to again in the book I was not impressed with the overall anti religion attitude carried on throughout the whole book Though I don t share the same convictions as the Christians portrayed here it was insulting the way they were shown as smiling, happy, ignorant people joyfully walking to their probable deaths No respect was shown when conversation turned towards this group The reveal that comes out about the leader is cliched and unoriginal While on the otherhand the leader of the Planetarians is treated with respect, while professional people scoff at his ideology, he is, afterall, a man of science.
I was also underwhelmed by a love affair that happened and felt completely out of place within the story and otherwise out of character for the strong roll Gabrielle was playing elsewhere There were pages and pages of this romantic misunderstanding drivel that I just wanted to shout Get over it already.
Otherwise, the book is well written, it reads fast The momentum is there slowly picking up and ending with a crash Bethany was an outstanding character, the one who really shines through and kept me reading Even with the religious problems I had, I realized the slant very early on, and accepted it as part of the story It is fiction after all I liked the book but didn t love it I think other reviewers will say they have felt emotional over the book it didn t affect me emotionally at all I couldn t see myself as plausibly being in this world Jensen created However, I do think this book will appeal to many people The topic of climate change is one many readers will want to explore in this visionary apocalypse of our planet s downfall from human doings.
Inhalt Als Gabrielle Fox, gel hmt durch einen Autounfall, wieder in ihren Beruf zur ckkehrt, bekommt sie gleich den h rtesten Fall in der Klinik Bethany Krall sieht Naturkatastrophen voraus, ist hochgradig gewaltt tig und begr t die Elektroschocktherapie, mit der sie behandelt wird.
Schreib Erz hlstil Hensen m ht sich in ihrer Charaktersierung ziemlich ab, um dem Leser irgendwie W rme entgegen zu bringen Die Kunsttherapeutin alias Gabrielle Fox alias Roller, wie sie von Bethany netterweise genannt wird, weil Gabrielle im Rollstuhl sitzt, ist eine verletzbare, sich dauerhaft selbst bemitleidende Frau, die gleichzeitig auf jedwede Hilfe aggressiv reagiert Andere Charaktere, einschlie lich Bethany, wirken wie Pappfiguren, die Jensen notd rftig durch die Geschichte laviert.
Meine Meinung Dieser Thriller weckte echte Erwartungen So sehr angepriesen, dass ich wahrlich Unheimliches erwartete Bethany so dachte ich w rde mir Alptr ume bereiten Die Therapeutin w rde zweifellos an ihr verzweifeln, aber irgendwas aufbauen Das ist bis zum Ende nicht der Fall Und auch die Intimit t von Therapiestunden ist nicht gegeben.
Stattdessen gehen alle rzte bis aufs u erste und behandeln Bethany noch ber das vertretbare Ma hinaus, nur, weil man sensationsgeil auf eine Katastrophe ist Da ist ein An sthesist ohne Approbation, der erst hilft und dann Schiss kriegt und sich mit einem von ihm verursachten Todesfall herausredet Peinlich die Reaktion von Fox Auch sie pocht weiterhin auf die Therapien und kommt nicht ein Mal in der Story richtig durch Bethany.
Mitleid mit Bethany Ja, weil sie so ein unvorstellbar bescheuerter Charakter ist, der in einer abstrusen H lle steckt Geliebt werden will sie nicht mehr, wurde sie nie Ihre Vergangenheit tragisch sicher, aber ein Klischee der Thrillerstorys Nette Geschichte, einen Untergang zu prophezeien, doch diese Tatsache macht sie nicht interessant, sondern verr ckt Sie ist ein Charakter, dem Jensen berhaupt keine Chance l sst, etwas menschlich zu werden Soll uns das jetzt abschrecken oder die Wahrheit zeigen Wenn ja, ein durchaus schwacher Versuch.
Fox ist gel hmt und sitzt im Rollstuhl Nat rlich ist das schlimm und ich m chte da gar nichts besch nigen oder von Technologien sprechen Doch ist Fox ein Charakter, der permanent nervt Kaum hat ihr Liebhaber, den sie trotz L hmung, aufgetan hat, eine vermeintliche Aff re, rastet sie aus, bes uft sich und suhlt sich in Selbstmitleid bis zum Erbrechen Sorry, aber irgendwie ist sie nicht taff genug Und zwar die ganze Geschichte ber nicht Sie kann Bethany zu keiner Zeit Paroli bieten Auf jede Tatsache, die Bethany ihr ins Gesicht schleudert, reagiert Fox trotzig und haut ab wie ein kleines Kind, anstatt sich der Realit t zu stellen Gut, dass die Realit t ein klischeebeladener Jensen Thriller ist, daf r kann ich auch nichts.
Fazit rzte ohne Grenzen der Zweck heiligt hier wohl die Mittel Doch nicht bei mir Der Zweck, dieses Buch zu vermarkten heiligt nicht das Mittel bewusst gute Werbung zu machen.