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Rapture
     

Rapture

3.5 4
by Liz Jensen
 

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ISBN-10: 0385528213

ISBN-13: 2900385528213

Pub. Date: 08/11/2009

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

An electrifying story of science, faith, love, and self-destruction in a world on the brink.

It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiating heights. All across the world, freak weather patterns—and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail—have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new

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An electrifying story of science, faith, love, and self-destruction in a world on the brink.

It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiating heights. All across the world, freak weather patterns—and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail—have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new phase.

But Gabrielle Fox’s main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her life after a devastating car accident that has left her disconnected from the world, a prisoner of her own guilt and grief. Determined to make a fresh start, and shake off memories of her wrecked past, she leaves London for a temporary posting as an art therapist at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital, home to one hundred of the most dangerous children in the country. Among them: the teenage killer Bethany Krall.

Despite two years of therapy, Bethany is in no way rehabilitated and remains militantly nonchalant about the bloody, brutal death she inflicted on her mother. Raised in evangelistic hellfire, the teenager is violent, caustic, unruly, and cruelly intuitive. She is also insistent that her electroshock treatments enable her to foresee natural disasters—a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion.

But as Gabrielle delves further into Bethany’s psyche, she begins to note alarming parallels between her patient’s paranoid disaster fantasies and actual incidents of geological and meteorological upheaval—coincidences her professionalism tells her to ignore but that her heart cannot. When a brilliant physicist enters the equation, the disruptive tension mounts—and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator or a harbinger of global disaster on a scale never seen before? Where does science end and faith begin? And what can love mean in “interesting times”?

With gothic intensity, Liz Jensen conjures the increasingly unnerving relationship between the traumatized therapist and her fascinating, deeply calculating patient. As Bethany’s warnings continue to prove accurate beyond fluke and she begins to offer scientifically precise hints of a final, world-altering cataclysm, Gabrielle is confronted with a series of devastating choices in a world in which belief has become as precious - and as murderous—as life itself.

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ISBN-13:
2900385528213
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

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Rapture 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BevE More than 1 year ago
The Rapture is off the charts on the rating scale. I absolutely loved this book, a sort of Girl Interrupted meets Left Behind. We first meet Gabrielle Fox, art therapist to Bethany Krall, a 16 year who brutally murdered her mother. Wheelchair bound she has to work twice as hard to convince her employer she can handle the job. Bethany, her patient is a unique case because her ramblings and predictions are actually coming true. If not for the help of Frazer Melville, a scientist from the university, Gabrielle would have no one to share her fears with. The world they live in is a challenge itself as the heat has reached dangerous levels and groups such as The Faith Wave and The Planetarian Movement are growing in numbers as more people want answers to the growing environmental crisis. Bethany seems to be part of the answer. The Rapture is a fascinating work of art in what our world may look like in the near future if global warming continues to worsen.
kren250 More than 1 year ago
Art therapist Gabrielle Fox has just started a new job at a mental facility for extremely disturbed (and dangerous) teens. As if that weren't stressful enough, she's also recovering from an accident that left her physically disabled and emotionally scarred. Soon Gabrielle starts to hear strange predictions from one of her patients....predictions that turn out to be true. Although this book was interesting, it didn't draw me in like I thought it would. The events that happen fall so easily into place that there isn't much tension, or excitement. I did think the writing style was good, and I really liked the main protaganist.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital in Hadport, England, wheelchair-bound art psychologist, Dr. Gabrielle Fox takes over treating psychotic teen Bethany Krall. Gabrielle has her issues since the car crash killed her fiancé and left her in the chair. The patient-prisoner killed her mom and claims the ability to foresee the future; all her forecasts are dire bleak disasters. As Gabrielle uses electro-convulsive therapy to literally shock her patient, she begins to realize the teen's uncanny grim predictions are coming true every time. Gabriele begins to comprehend that Bethany's father Reverend Leonard Krall imprinted his "Faith Wave" view of the coming Rapture and those who bear the mark of the beast cannot go to heaven. Gabrielle wonders if she is overreaching in her theory of Bethany's skills and the frequent disasters that the teen predicted and have occurred when she desperately brings her patient's upcoming calendar of calamities to physicist Frazer Melville, who not only does not laugh at the shrink but takes the forecasts dead serious. THE RAPTURE is an exciting thriller that stars the psychiatrist and the physicist but focus on the teen seer and her skills. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action, but even with efforts top prevents the next calamity from happening, the plot as character driven. Fans and the lead pair will wonder whether the teen is the devil or the savior as Gabrielle and Frazer ironically (from the religious point of view that is) struggle with stopping what seems increasingly the end of days. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago