Sunday, April 22, 2007
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!