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Review: ‘End Times’ by Anna Schumacher

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘End Times’ by Anna SchumacherEnd Times by Anna Schumacher
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Razorbill on May 20th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: requested from publisher
three-stars
Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.

Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe.

About Anna Schumacher

Anna Schumacher received an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. Born and raised in the tiny town of Guilford, VT (no traffic lights, no post office, one store), she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two cats. END TIMES is her debut novel; expect a sequel, CHILDREN OF THE EARTH, in Spring 2015.

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review

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I liked this one but it was very predictable. The writing is superb. The characters are fully fleshed and you can tell which characters were clearly on the side of good or evil. Naturally, the main character was straddling this line and I couldn’t decide if she was on any side. The end made it seem like she was in the middle so maybe there’s a lot more than what was revealed.

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Everything was brought up before anything happened and I had to say I was a little bored with some parts. I just wanted something to happen and it finally did, in the end. By then I lost interest in it. I’m not even sure I’m interested enough to pick up the sequel. The plagues and the random drawings in the book were all good predictions about what was to come and I was excited to see how it would play out. There are some religious aspects to the story, and that wasn’t anything new since I already know the biblical stories. But it was still rather interesting to read about it in this version of events. A little creepy too I might add.

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Overall, I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a different version of the seven plagues.


reading progress

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quotes

If there’s room in your heart, there’s room in your home. (27)
Just because they didn’t have much money was no reason to make them feel like dirt. (58)
You’re more special than you realize. (163)

rating

3/5

three-stars

2 Comments

  1. Cali W.

    November 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Cool illustrations and good review. I think you have to be a certain person to like this book.

  2. Jaime Lynn

    November 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I honestly don’t know with this one. I just don’t. Sometimes, I think I might want to give it a shot, and then others I am just meh about it. After reading your review, I am feeling more meh than anything else!

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