Sunday, April 22, 2007

Left Behind


I was incredibly surprised by my reaction to this book. I truly thought I would love it and would find another series to attach myself to, eager to read until the end. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I didn't like this book at all! Well I guess I shouldn't really say that. I didn't like most of this book and only because there was too much "extra" stuff and not enough meat to the real story line. Oh well, as I said before, I'm in a reading slump.

LaHaye and Jenkins start this story with the occurrence of the Rapture of God. Every individual that has been saved and has given themselves to the Lord, along with the innocents (children and unborn babies) have all been taken from earth by God and brought to Heaven. The individuals who were non-believers or had not yet asked Jesus into their hearts were left behind. The story follows Rayford, a pilot who's wife and son were taken, but he and his daughter Chloe left behind, as well as Hattie, a flight attendant that often flew with Rayford. There is also a strange side story that I never did really figure out the point of, following Buck Williams, a very prominent journalist as he gets himself into trouble and follows a lead story having something to do with a man taking over the United Nations. Not really getting the point of that I guess. Maybe I just didn't think deep enough about it, I don't know.

The concept is huge and intriguing and mind numbing, in a way that I really wanted to like this book. I did enjoy reading the parts about the Rapture and how Rayford and his daughter learn to love the Lord and proceed to educate themselves on Him and His doings. I think I would have given this book a good rating and actually said that I liked it, had the side story about Buck and the politics been left out. I didn't understand why they were put in there in the first place and I found myself skipping those parts, only wanting to read about Rayford and Chloe. It is amazing how we can actually pick up a book and read about a topic like the Rapture from a fiction point of view and I really did enjoy that portion of this novel. However, just because of the amount of straying from the topic the authors did, I really don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series.
Left Behind gets a 4 out of 10.

Off to start some YA books! I've been really wanting to read some great books that have trickled into the library, but have been focusing on my challenges too much. I still have until June to complete the Spring Reading thing, so for now...it's YA time!

16 comments:

Katie said...

They put a lot of the parts about Buck in because he becomes very central to the story line and the plots intersect (especially about the man who is rising up through the United Nations). I liked the series after I had read a few of them since they do rely a lot on the background built in the earlier books.Maybe if you tried the next one too it might help :) But that is just a suggestion.

Andi said...

I tried the first one but didn't really love it either. Some of the writing really bothered me...the style of it that is. I never managed to try any of the others.

Rel said...

Hey Amanda :) Found your blog from Cee Cee's. Just for some encouragement Coldwater Revival is a brilliant book so I hope you can get out of your reading slump with that one! Blessings, Rel

Debi said...

Hi Amanda. Sorry about the slump...that's no fun!
I noticed you've almost completed your Spring Reading Thing list already...with nearly 2 more months to go. Yep, slightly jealous here.

Amanda said...

Don't be jealous Debi...you have children...that's an excellent excuse not to be able to finish as quickly as I have! When my own babies come along I'm sure the reading will be cut way down!

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ebony said...

I didn't enjoy these books because the writing was horrible. I did attempt to read a couple more in the series and the Buck story line does become more important, but I just couldn't bring myself to complete the series.

Cee Cee said...

As a YA fiction fan myself (haven't been able to delve back in yet) I'm looking forward to your reviews. As a parent, it is good to know what authors are "feeding" our children.

Amy said...

Hi Amanda-
I didn't enjoy these books either. I hope you find a great book soon. I hate being without an engaging read.

Amy said...

Oh and I forgot to add that I love reading YA books!

Amy said...

Oh and I forgot to add that I love reading YA books!

Amy said...

Oh and I forgot to add that I love reading YA books!

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I am sorry. I didn't comment that many times. I don't know what happened.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I remember reading the first few books in this series years ago. I didn't like the writing but the storylines are fairly interesting. I ended up not being able to find them all at the library and gave up on following the series through.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Just to kind of echo what everyone else has said, the pieces all fall into place later on and you learn what part Buck and the United Nations guy play in the whole thing.

The series was kind of a 50/50 read for me. It was interesting to see how they interpreted all the events in the Book of Revelations, although a lot of it was taken literally when I personally feel that some of it is symbolic, but that's okay. And then it really fell flat when they talked about the Second Coming -- but I don't know of any novelist who would be able to write an event of that magnitude and give it the justice it deserves. I think there's a lot of food for thought in this series, but if you decide not to continue, I don't blame you.