Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review Wrap Up: Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

Ya Dystopian
Date Published: 12/1/2011

The Rapture has occurred - the end of the world. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell. Armed only with his swords and his wit, a teenage boy wanders this post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels.


THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES and typically when reading a book #1, you are inundated with so much information that you dont really get as much quality plot in it. This one is an exception. While getting all of the detail, you are thrust into a thrill ride from the very beginning. This is definitely more unique as far as the Dystopian genre in the way that it deals with what happens when the world ends and you are not one chosen to go to heaven or hell? 

This Book has averaged a 4* Rating from reviewers during this tour.
It is currently at 4.4*'s on Amazon.
This book is only $2.99! 


I really enjoyed this book. The things that happened felt so real as if you were in the book also. I seriously thought that Phillip did a fabulous job, I felt every emption, I loved the action parts, the ending was amazing Sam seemed like someone that you would have on your team if something like that ever happened in real life.

The book was fast paced and I was left wanting more because I didn't want it to end. I was stunned by how much detail and information was put into the story especially because it was only 131 pages long. The Biblical and Fantasy parts of the book were really well written it was one of the reasons I wanted to read it and especially cause it got really great reviews!

I usually tend to read books about romance which are almost all written by women so this is like a breath of fresh air, kind of out of my comfort zone. I don't know what else to say about this book other than you definitely need to read it because you are going to love it as much as I did.

There were amazing twists in the book, the fight scenes were tremendous and well done. I'm sure everyone loves a good fight and Sam was a great character he put up a great fight, he wasn't going to give in for any reason. Considering that he was bleeding all over the place in those last couple of pages. Great story and plot that includes amazing characters. I give it 5 stars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Rapture finally happened and all the believers would ascend to Heaven whilst all the non-believers would remain on Earth or go directly to Hell? Are you yourself a believer? I personally am not, so I guess my place would be Earth if I was lucky and Hell if I wasn't. Or should that be the other way round? Is being in Hell the better option? I'm really not sure. At least in Hell I'd know where I stood. Sadly it's not that easy for Sam.
Sam has been prepared all his life for the fact that when the Rapture comes around, he will be left behind on Earth whilst his mentor Hikari and his daughter Aimi will ascend to Heaven where they belong. They've been devout believers all their lives and so when the time comes, they will have to leave Sam behind.
But it's not for the reason you think. He's not a non-believer. He's grown up just as devout a believer as Hikari and Aimi. No, the reason why Sam will be left behind is because he is a Demon and Demon's cannot take places in Heaven.
I know what you're thinking, why would Hikari raise a Demon? Well truth be told, Sam is half-demon. His mother was a human who was seduced by a Demon. So it's not actually Sam's fault, nor is it due to his lack of Faith. Hikari brought the boy up to be loving and kind, to put the thoughts and feelings of others ahead of his own at times.

When the Rapture comes, Sam is distraught that Hikari and Aimi have indeed vanished without a trace. He knew it was coming but nobody could say when, so although he was prepared long term - he wasn't prepared for it to happen on that day.

Before the Rapture, Hikari taught Sam to be a good swordsman and to dispatch of his enemies quickly and efficiently. Who are his enemies? Other Demons of course. 

So we follow Sam on his journey and see him having to dispatch many Lemure. The world seems over-run with them. Most are easily cut down and when they are, they turn to piles of ash. The Astaroth are a little harder but still no match for Sam and his perfectly honed abilities. He is very proficient with the two swords he wields. 

Along the way, Sam meets up with a group of people who are holed up with supplies at Black Ridge. Their leader Adam wants to know why he should help Sam get to his destination in LA. Sam tells him that he is a half-demon and that his mission is to kill the Antichrist. That's good enough for Adam and after a long fight in which they dispatch many more Lemure, Adam tells Sam he can help him reach his goal. 
Joshua was part of Adam's troop at Black Ridge, but he knows the way to LA and he knows Sam too, from school, though they weren't friends - Sam had never had many friends growing up, most thought him too strange and avoided him. But Joshua volunteers to go along with Sam and they take a vehicle and some supplies and set off on the road.

Along the way to Vegas - which is where they have to go in order to get to LA - Sam and Josh are confronted by a group of people who want to steal the vehicle and supplies from them. [note; this was a very good scene] They leave with everything intact and a new member to their motley crew, Grace. She was being treated badly by the people in the town and needed to get away. 

Along the way, the encounter more Demons and dispatch of them with relative ease. Everywhere is destroyed - homes are torn apart, vehicles are abandoned on the road, people have either gone to Heaven or Hell. It isn't until they get to Vegas that they encounter the strangest of things. You'd think that Demons are the strangest thing, yet you'd be wrong. 
Once in Vegas, the streets are calm. There are no Demons. People are milling around going about their day-to-day business.

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As you follow Sam on his journey, you are sucked in as though you are experiencing it all with him. Phillip W Simpson is a great author who knows how to captivate his audience. Whether you are a believer or not, you get drawn in and you don't get thrown back out until the end. Phillip knows just how to keep you in suspense and the end was an enormous shock for me. It was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I can't wait to be able to find the time to read book 2; Tribulation.

Thank you to RABT for supplying the review copy of this book and thank you to Phillip for writing it.

Thanks most of all to all of you who came by my stop on the tour. Read on for some advice from Phillip...

Other Reviews From This Tour

March 1 - Hooked in a Book 
March 4 - My Cozie Corner 
March 12 - FUOnlyKnew 
March 16 - Reading With ABC 
March 20 - Lisa Is a Bookworm
March 21 - Shelfspace Needed 
March 22 - Owlnestly Reviews 
March 23 - The Avid Reader 
April 3 - Pixie Dust Reviews 
April 8 - Reader Girls 
April 10 - Cherie Reads 
April 11 - Books, Authors, Blogs 

Phillip W. Simpson is an author of mostly children's books - both fiction and non-fiction.

As well as being a writer, he is an elementary school teacher. Career highlights include being in the
army, gaining a Masters in Archaeology, owning a comic shop, becoming obsessed with martial arts
and oriental weapons and turning down a job at the British museum.

His YA novel RAPTURE (the first in the Rapture trilogy) was released Sept 1st, 2011 by Pear Jam
books. RAPTURE is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story about the end of the world featuring demons,
angels and a half demon protagonist caught in the middle. RAPTURE was shortlisted for the Sir Julius
Vogel award for best Youth novel.

Book 2, TRIBULATION, was released in December, 2012. The final book, APOCALYPSE, will be out
early 2013.

On a personal note, he is married to Rose, has a son (Jack) and two border terriers, Whiskey and
Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

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