Armageddon Summer

Armageddon Summer

by Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville

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ISBN-13: 9780152022686
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 688,575
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author


BRUCE COVILLE is the author of over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien, the Unicorn Chronicles series, and the much-beloved Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. His work has appeared in a dozen languages and won children's choice awards in a dozen states. Before becoming a full time writer Bruce was a teacher, a toymaker, a magazine editor, a gravedigger, and a cookware salesman. He is also the creator of Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of material for family listening and has produced over a hundred audiobooks, directing and/or acting in most of them. Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville. Visit his website at www.brucecoville.com.
 

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Armageddon Summer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
MAINEiac4434 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Pretty ok, I guess. It all seemed just a little weird, like something was off, throughout the entire book. I dunno. Not my favorite book ever, but not my least favorite, either.
anyanwubutler on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I started reading this book with my daughter, but it didn't reach her. Wanting to know what was going to happen, and finding myself reading a forgettable magic book, I read most of this wonderful YA yet mature, horror-filled yet very real novel in a few hours. Reverend Beelsen has told his followers in Boston and Western Massachusetts that the world will end on July 27, 2000. Only the 144 followers who make it to Mt.Weeupcut will be saved. Jed and Marina, the teenage narrators, who become heroes, only come to the mountain to help their crazed parents. Like the Branch Davidians and Jim Jones, the Believers bring on their own apocalypse, perhaps with the help of the FBI. Scary, scary book.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A short but powerful novel about two teens caught up in their parents' cult involvement in the year of the millennium, when they believe the world is going to end and climb a mountain in preparation to be saved. This book does a wonderful job of capturing all the uncertainties of being a teenager - how fast things happen, how deep they feel, how it is both confusing and exhilarating to balance in that place between child and adulthood, between carefree and responsible. Most especially, it captures that moment when you start to think about a world bigger than yourself and what your parents have taught you. When you start to doubt - to doubt what you believe, to doubt your parents' infallibility, to doubt the existence of easy answers in the world. To doubt whether you want to doubt, or whether it is better, easier, safer to wrap yourself in belief. I was a little wary going into this to see how Yolen and Coville handle the ultra-religious, but I'm pleased to say that the answer is 'deftly'. The variety of characters gives a variety of viewpoints. Our two main characters - Marina, who believes, and Jed, who doesn't - struggle with the complexities of who they are, what they believe, and what it means that the adults in their lives are so fully sold on something the rest of the world things of as crazy. This book is sold as a romance, and there is that - but Marina and Jed are drawn to each other for bigger reasons, and those reasons are surprisingly fulfilling.
SaraEllen on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Not exactly your typical armageddon book. Told from two different perspectives I was impressed the writers could mesh so well.
gregandlarry on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Teenage love and armageddon.
ZaBu1120 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is an ok book with an ending that I would not really want to happen, the whole story was good though so i might recommend it to a friend.
snapplechick on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was interesting. It had an odd plot in my opinion, but that just made it all the better. When two children are taken to the top of a mountain to await the end of the world, they are taken through internal battles that are fascinating and exciting to read about. Over all it is a well written and thoughtful book. You may also enjoy some other books by Jane Yolen, but she has a wide range of styles and writes about many different topics. I would recommend The Devil's Arithmetic, about the holacaust to anyone.
allreb on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was one of the most compelling books I've read in quite some time. I picked it up as soon as I found it; I'd read about it at Coville's website (and he's one of my favorite authors) and was glad to find a copy. I tore through it and finished it in one sitting. Despite the fact that I'm slightly older than the target audience, it was still very compelling.
kewpie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Following a cult leader, 144 people go to live on top of a mountain to wait for the earth to be smothered in fire and brimstone. Two teenagers with very different points of view on the situation meet and fall in love. This book takes a difficult subject and makes both sides of the religious debate believable and sympathetic.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book finds Marina and Jed being brought to the mountain top to prepare for the world with their parents who are Believers, with a capital B. Despite all that is going on around them in terms of faith and the preparations for the end of the world, they manage to find each other to build a relationship and wonder about questions of faith, religion, and family.
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Mikarabians More than 1 year ago
Armageddon Summer was a very interesting read. A very complex plot and ideaology made simple. Marina and Jed are dragged up to the top of a mountain to wait for the world's end with a group of religious fanatics. It's a suspenseful story and unless you read the last few pages first, you don't know till the very end if the world's going to end or if it won't. The book was published in 1998 and set in 2000, so I'm sure it gave readers in '98 and '99 as well as early 2000 a lot of things to think about. It still gives readers a lot to think about. It wasn't particularly well written, but the story line was great.
bacowboy More than 1 year ago
The book that I read is Armageddon Summer and the author is Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville. The authors' purpose for writing this book is showing people that religion is important but it's not the end of the world. The authors intended audience is believers who want to know what is too much in believing. The narrators' point of view is 1st person. Jud and Marina are telling the story. It is important that they are telling the story because it wouldn't make sense if one of the parents or other children told it. I think one thing that was unbelievable is that the angels had guns on the mountain and believers' would kill people just to be saved. I could connect with Jud the most in the story because if my parents thought that the world was ending then I would do the same thing that he did. I felt this book was enjoyable it was mostly a story about two teenagers falling in love while they are on a mountain and they don't know if they believe that the world is going to end. I thought the ending was predictable, but it had some sadness and happiness all in all the ending was good. I would rate this book three out of five stars because it was a good book but it was really predictable.
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First off I loved this book. I am very picky with the books I read, but I loved it. The book follows the story of Marina and Jed, two teenagers whose parents have gone off the deep end. Marina's mother and Jed's dad both join Reverend Beelson's church of Believers, who Believe that the World Will End on July 27, and the world will catch fire and everyone will die. To protect his Believers, Rev. Beelson brings 144 (no more, no less) to the top of Mt. Weeupcut to wait it out. After the world's fiery doom they will descend into the world and create a new Eden. Marina and Jed are falling in love, and Marina's birthday is the same day the world will end! The book was funny but thought-provoking. Jed's chapters always added some comedy to the mix, (These Guys Use Capital Letters For Everything) while Marina is struggling desperately to Believe. Of course, the book could be seen as religiously sensitive, but that is to be expected. It was really easy reading. The pages just flew by. I would defiantly re-read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Armageddon Summer, by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville, isn¿t just your ordinary science fiction book. It has passion and action while still being quite realistic. In the book, there is a religious group called the Believers. The leader of the Believers, Reverend Beelson, has predicted that the world will end on July 27 in a rain of fire. To keep his Believers safe, Beelson takes 144 people to a mountain top, where they will be saved from the fires and start a new life after Armageddon. Jed¿s dad and Marina¿s mom are Believers. Jed and Marina, two teenagers struggling to figure out what they believe in, are pulled up on the mountain with their parents. But why should the world end now, right after Marina and Jed¿s meeting, and right before Marina¿s 14th birthday? This book is really good and it is a quick read. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe that was just because i shared the main characters name, but i thought it had a nice plot and was very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THIS BOOK AND thought that it was dumb. as i read on it got a little better.A LITTLE. even though im only halfway through this book i still dont think that its great. im only reading it because i need AR points
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first read the begginning of this book i thought it was really stupid. as i read on it got better but i only read it so i could get some AR points
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say I loved the book, but I can't say I hated it. While the beginning is thoroughly boring, it picks up at the end and provides a satisfying finish. Both characters are portrayed well and the writing is descriptive, but it never really becomes a 'great' book in my opinion. I would not recommend it for anyone easily offended or young, however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Loved it! A very exciting book to read. Maria's and Jed's love pervailed through all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how the book has it's chapters. It has the two teenagers point of veiw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 14 and being 17 now, I think I enjoyed it more at that age. Therefore, I recommend 11-14 y.o. readers of this book.