Series: Departed #1
Published by Self-Published on July 6th 2016
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What if someone tried to fake the rapture?
When hundreds of thousands of people disappear in the middle of the night, including sixteen-year-old Gwen's best friend Lana, no one knows why. Some believe they were taken in the rapture, while others are convinced that it can't be true. Doomsday prophecies abound that involve horrifying tales of plague, famine, earthquakes, and more.
At first, Gwen doesn't know what to think. While she is busy mourning Lana, many people around her are getting taken in by the cultish True Believers Temple, including Gwen's dad and her friend Mindy. It is clear that more and more people are going to be pressured to join this church, as it starts taking over the media and the government, gaining zealous followers all over the world.
Then Gwen starts receiving emails from Lana. She claims to have been forced into hiding with thousands of others in an underground compound. Gwen is convinced the emails are real and the only other person who also believes her is Isaiah, her moody crush. Together they resolve to find out where everyone is hiding and help set Lana free.
I really wanted to love this book but I couldn’t. It started out extremely slow and I wasn’t even quite sure what was going on then it picked up around 30% then to drag out again.
The premise of The Departed was a good one. I loved The Leftovers and maybe that was my problem. I kept comparing The Departed to The Leftovers which isn’t fair to the author. The writing was good but the flow of the story was long and draw out in parts.
Sometimes I couldn’t get enough and then it would be a long drawn out conversation that really didn’t need to be included. I also had a problem of being constantly reminded about how mean and evil God would be if the rapture had happened. I get how some would think that but we constantly don’t need to be reminded of it.
I’m giving it 3 stars because I felt like if I didn’t read The Leftovers then I might’ve enjoyed The Departed more despite the few things that bothered me.