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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  111 reviews
The Rapture has occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell.

Earth burns, hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet. Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires all around. Plants a
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 300 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Pear Jam Books (first published 2011)
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Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Seems Sam’s life has been planned out for him since he was born. Delivered to a master swordsman at birth he was trained with two goals in mind: 1) protect the innocent left behind after the Rapture and 2) hunt down and kill the antichrist. Why him? Well he’s half demon. He even has the horns to prove it.

I loved this book! I couldn’t help but relate to Sam. No I’m not half demon (okay don’t ask my mom about that) but I can certainly relate to being left alone. As a martial arts student I can re
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review

Cover: It certainly fits the story
Rating PG-13 for violence.
Thumbs Up 5
Overall: I really liked this one.
Characters: Solid main character
Plot: Different and very interesting.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes, definitely
Recommend Yes.
Book Boyfriend: Sam

SUMMARY (50 word or less)

This story stems from the Christian foretelling of the rapture. Although religious in nature, ultimately the story is about good vs. bad / nature vs. nurture. For those not religious, look at it from the
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
F*@$ Yesss!!!

::full review ADDED::

I am no fan of the eBook. For me there is nothing on this earth that can replace the feel of a book- I love the heavy weight of one in my hands. I love the slight rasp the bottom of a page makes as it turns. I love the smell of the ink and not having to worry that the words will flicker out of existence when the battery dies. But I know there are some pros to having an eBook reader, and I mean no disrespect to those who use them. They’re just not for me.

Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I love it's subject matter. Many people shy away from these subjects, not sure unless it's because it is so controversial. I think Mr Simpson did a fabulous job bringing to life a scenario that could be a reality. Whether it was from his own beliefs or not I loved the story.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts

Cover: Love the flames and background. That’s how I imagined Samael. He looks fierce and concentrated. Don't mess with him ,lol.Is it just me but those red eyes are blazingly hawt.

Book: I saw a book ad on a blog I frequently visit. I immediately added it to my wishlist on goodreads [reshelved it and book 2 is currently on my wishlist] The author asked me to review’’ Rapture’’. My reply was yes, yes yea. Lol. When it finally arrived from New Zealand. I read in two days flat. Monday and
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how I'd like this book. I go to church, understand my religions beliefs, question them daily (which I'm told by my pastor is a good thing), but normally I don't read anything Christian or religion based. The author, Phillip W. Simpson, asked for a Read 4 Review from the Goodreads group I am in, and since I already owned the book and had considered reading it numerous time prior, I thought this would be the perfect time to read it.

For those that don't know what Rapture is about, the
Well thanks to the author I was given the ebook as a gift to read and write a review on and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It was creepy, eery and a little scary, but at times there were some touching moments full of tender and purity. It felt like I was watching an episode of Supernatural, but without the constant wit and banter of Dean LOL and if you all know me you know how much I love that show and Dean LOL.

The story is centred around Sam, a half-demon, who was left in the care o
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was okay but not great. The writing was solid, just not captivating. The characters were fine just not relate-able. I never really warmed up to the Main character Sam. He came across as resentful of the great feat set upon his shoulders. I think that perhaps between his childhood flashbacks and his loneliness for mentor and father figure Hikari as well his Aimi, Hikari's daughter, Sam always felt young ad/or immature for such an undertaking as fighting to save humanity. Even the rest o ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
What if the Rapture occured and everyone you love was gone? What if instead of dealing with your loss and grief you had o prepare yourself for an epic battle that would alter the course of earth? This is pretty much the scenario that Sam faces after the Rapture. he has long known who and what he is, and what his role will be, but knowing it isn’t the same as being ready to actually take on the task of saving the world.

This is a pretty epic story that deals with a lot of hefty issues. To be hone
4.5 stars! I really enjoyed this book! It's a very unique dystopian story about the end of the world and follows the journey of Sam, a half-demon.

The story-building and progression of the book was done extremely well. I especially enjoyed going back and forth to the past, then back to the present. I really felt for Sam and the weight of his responsibility in the world. Yet, he preserved through it all, remained strong, and kept his faith. It was really moving. He wasn’t perfect, he made mistake
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Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: post-apocalyptic aficionados; YA paranormal; suspense & horror
Fascinating and riveting! Author Phillip W. Simpson takes the post-apocalyptic vision out for a new test drive: rather than a plague, a nuclear holocaust, or an overrun of zombies, here is the Christian rapture foretold for two millennia, actually occurring. The fortunate ones have ascended, for what’s left of the planet is now fit neither for human nor animal-only for demons. Half-demon is exactly why eighteen-year-old Samael is still alive, nearly starving, frightened, and self-defensive. Mons ...more
An excellent Handling Of A much done Subject

Too many stories set around and during time of "The Apocalypse" fall into the easy trap of stereotypical plots, religious sectarianism, one dimensional characters. This doesn't.
To say more would spoil your enjoyment of the story. Suffice to say I recommend this book.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story was really intriguing, it was cool how it included parts from other cultures. I liked how the girls were strong. The ending was very surprising!

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Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Oh, nostalgic because of the language in here. I don't know many American's who could tell you what a lounge was. Haha...I'm sure they're out there though. (Before I offend anyone.)

There was a very active beginning. Made it easy to turn pages, initially.

The concept is awesome. I was really happy with the majority of the plot. However, there were a lot of things that I didn't like.

The narrative ruined it for me. I think this would have been better from Sam's perspective instead of being told to
Angela Oliver
I'm a bit ambivalent about this book, and would probably have rated it at 2 1/2 stars if I could have. The author has some good ideas, and creates a story that could be compelling - and I imagine would find itself quite popular with teenage boys that are not particularly interested in reading - but the writing style feels stilted and a little robotic (it is very much along the lines of tell, not show) and the cliches are a little bit too much. Overall it is a far better US dystopia novel (writte ...more
Cheer Papworth
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rapture is the story of a half-demon/half-human teen named Sam who is raised and trained in fighting, particularly with swords, by his foster father Hikari, in preparation for his role to kill the anti-Christ after the rapture. The author, Phillip Simpson, thoughtfully mixes Sam's current lonely state after the rapture with poignant flashbacks of his life with his foster father Hikari and Hikari's daughter Aimi. In Sam's post-rapture world, he was shunned by society and only found acceptance and ...more
Of all the end-of-the-world novels I’ve read recently, this one is clearly the best. The author’s not trying to convince me of any particular scriptural interpretation. He’s not trying to convert me and change my life. And he’s not just jumping on a popular bandwagon either. Instead he offers a well-plotted, intriguingly different tale, with a fascinating teen protagonist, left behind in a desperate world.

If timing is everything, this author has more than everything, setting up the present and r
Rapture is a demon-filled road-trip through Hell.

After the apocalypse, Sam is on his own to try to assist what is left of humanity with the demon problem on their hands. Luckily, Sam has been training his entire life for just this - he's an expert swordsman and fighter. Additionally, his demonic side has given him a couple of extra "gifts" that assist with his journey. Along the way, Sam meets a few people that he's able to befriend, meanwhile stumbling across confusing spectacles in the middle
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: udate, apocalypse, ya
Full review on my blog:

Rapture throws you right into the post-apocalyptic wasteland, complete with demons and an instantly likable character in Sam. The demons are everything your worst nightmares are made of and more, the imagery of the wastelands are moving, and Sam is a young man with strong loyalties to his family and the responsibility to save every survivor he meets.

The history of Sam is told through a series of flashbacks to his childhood and teenage ye
Colleen Fauchelle
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book surprised me because I really enjoyed it. It's action packed, the main character is very likeable. The world building is realistic and we get to feel the heat of hell.

I am so glad I am a Christian after the rapture life on earth will be a scary place. This book shows a world that is dark, covered in ash and where the demons come out to play at night to destroy those who are left. Sam has been in training for this moment his whole life, his job is to take down the antichrist. Sam belie
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I wanted to like this book. The story stems from a great idea! The execution, however, was simply unbearable. Clumsy sentence construction abounds, as do the contradictions. I kept stumbling across phrases where I was kicked from the story to question, "Did the author really think about how this was going to sound?" Then there are the bits where it's evident the author does not know the meaning of the words used. The pacing itself reads more like a grocery list than a tale designed to draw the r ...more
Emma Groth
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy fun read. After reading the blurb I wasn't too sure it would be for me seeing as I'm not overly religious, but it was not preachy at all and was actually quite informative. The main protagonist Sam who is half demon half human was so likable, however naive at times! I have read MANY end of the world books but this was the only one where it was truly Hell on Earth!
I liked the way the story jumped between past and present, only giving away relevant info i
Angie Garcia
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book three

I'm not a critic, just someone who likes to read. Loved the first two and just started book three. I enjoy apocalyptic stories and when they include heaven above and all wise below, I'm in!!

I wish the authors did not have to make all their books into "series". It ruins it because they have to repeat everything from the first book and all we the readers want is to get on with the story.

That said, this story would make a fantastic television series or even a long mini series. I would s
Melinda Szymanik
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This post-apocalyptic good versus evil YA is an action-packed read. The world post-Rapture is a desolate and desperate place in which the sword wielding half demon/half human Sam must fight for survival as he journeys across the US to complete a special mission in Los Angeles. Sam suffers from the normal teenage concerns over love and doing what is right but must also contend with his demon heritage. The plot has plenty of twists and fight scenes to keep the reader riveted. And this is just the ...more
Karen’s Library
I read this book as part of a group read and the subject matter was a bit religious for me. But on a good note, there was plenty of action and I really felt for Sam! Not knowing anything about the "rapture", I was interested to learn more about it. This book did not disappoint there! I would definately like to read the 2nd book to see what happens next, especially to see if we find out more about the other characters.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I was pleased with the character development and the pacing of this book. It's a interesting take on the PA genre with the biblical background. There are a few threads left hanging at the end, but I'm not sure I will continue on with the series. I would have more pleased if this had been a little longer and wrapped up the threads to create a stand alone story.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Thoroughly enjoyed this story! Very different kind of tribulation story. This is definitely not one from the "left behind" series! I liked the idea of a half-demon fighting Satan and the Antichrist. Very intriguing way to play with Christian themes from a YA fantasy perspective. I would recommend this story for anyone wanting a fun, action-driven story using Christian elements.
Oct 21, 2011 marked it as to-read
Woops. It's already the 21st October 2011. I just found this book. Aish... -looks around- I don't see any Rapture occurring.
It's a nice, refreshing change reading a paranormal story from a males point of view...I really enjoyed it.
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Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press. He received his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology, his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. He is cur ...more

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