Title: RaptureSeries: Fallen #4Author: Lauren KatePublisher: Doubleday Children'sPublication Date: 21 June 2012Source: Review CopyRating: 5/5Synopsis from Goodreads
The sky is dark with wings . . . .
Like sand in 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 will 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 will be 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.
Please bear in mind that this is the fourth and final book in the series and may therefore contain spoilers for the previous books.
Rapture continues straight on from the end of Passion (review HERE) without a break, there is very little recapping so you really need to have read the books in order to fully appreciate the plot. Daniel and Luce had 9 days in order to locate the sight of The Fall in order to stop Lucifer from restarting history to his liking. The revelations come thick and fast accompanied by stunning imagery, fast paced action and the most beautiful depiction of love that there has ever been. Lauren Kate's use of simile, metaphor and personification bring the world of Daniel and Luce to vivid life within the imagination.
The defining feature of this series and especially this book for me was the way faith, hope and love are the cornerstones that strong foundations should be built on. I don't meant his in a religious sense. Faith is shown in many different forms, faith in yourself to overcome difficulties; the belief that you can do anything. Faith in your friends to be there when it counts, to support and guide you. Faith that true love does exist, love that has the power to make you a better person for it and that you can conquer anything that is thrown in your way. The detail and emotion Lauren Kate has managed to convey in her writing is like being wrapped in a cocoon, warm and cosy til you metamorphasize into something better than you were just from having followed Daniel and Luce's journey.
Lauren depicts love in such a way that it was like being surrounded by light, fluffy clouds drawing feelings of being warm, protected, secure and comfortable *sigh* isn't that how love should be *double sigh*
There are some astounding twists that I honestly just did not see coming at all (my lips are sealed) I actually sat on the sofa making very good goldfish impression at one point. Completely unexpected but completely brilliant.
The way God and religion are portrayed was eye-opening but essentially made so much sense. Raising questions like: If angels were made in God's image the same as mankind does that mean that Lucifer is an embodiment of all the bad things in God?? Just wondering and yes my mind works in strange ways [ ; D ]
The journey and ultimately the end of this series is in one word PERFECT. It was so emotional, I just didn't want it to end. I sat with tears streaming down my face; I still can't believe it's all over. One thing I would like is maybe a spin-off series featuring Cam, I would really love to know what he gets up to next.
I still can't believe it's over *sniff*