By Lauren Kate. Fallen #4. Grade B+
Rapture is the fourth and the last one in the best selling Fallen series of bestselling author Lauren Kate.
The sky is dark with wings. . . .
Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.
Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.
And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
First of all, I’d like to mention that since the book is a part of the Fallen series, it cannot be read as a standalone at all. If you try, you’d be lost between the characters. To follow the story perfectly, I recommend the reading of all the books that precede it viz Fallen, Torment, and Passion.
[Psst, If you want, you can skip Torment. For your time is precious, let me warn you that Torment is exactly what the name suggests. A torment for its readers. It has been one of the spookiest books I have ever leafed through. I left it half done, eventually.]
The cover of Rapture is absolutely gorgeous. The designer this time did us a favour by not showing a scary faced girl on the cover.
This book is pure YA paranormal, delivered straight up. Luce is in love with a Fallen angel called Daniel. Daniel and Luce are like any other romantic couple in the world, aside from the teensy fact that they have been cursed. As soon as Daniel makes Luce his own, she dies. This has been happening for centuries. And now, Lucifer is the Bad Guy who wants Luce and Daniel to separate for an eternity. Lauren Kate has been exceptionally good at creating the mind boggling twists in the book. The book is quite eventful and interesting than the ones that precede it. Just like the predecessors, the characters have been well woven. The scenes are believable and the dialogue formation is amazing. My favourite character was Cam. I loved him all through the book. The most useless character in the book was Miss Sophia. She needs a mental asylum booked for her.
Rapture actually, should not be taken as a separate book. You can take it as a continuation of Passion’s chapters. The story, the act structure and the motives are an extension of Passion. However, the climax was predictable. The author has tried her best to tie up all the loose ends of the series, though some minor questions remain unanswered.
To sum up Rapture (indeed the entire Fallen series): Gothic characters in love? Check. An angst-ridden teenage heroine? Check. The climax? Choosing one of the two hunky boyfriends. All girls’ life should be so tough.
I would say that this series is very talked about, but as the case often is, it hardly deserves the hype. Reading Rapture, I wasn’t raptured at all. Lovers of Twilight and Vampire Diaries may have found a new favourite author, but for the others…not so much.