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The Rampant

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  14 reviews
It’s ten years since the hordes of old-world Sumerian gods arrived in Southern Indiana to kick off the end of the world, but things have not gone to plan. A principal player decided not to show. Now humanity is stuck in a seemingly never-ending apocalypse. Sixteen-year-old Emelia Bareilles and Gillian Halkey are determined to travel into the lands of the dead and force a c ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 15th 2019 by Aqueduct Press
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Lex Kent
I thought this was an okay read. It was an interesting mix of LGBTQ, YA, apocalyptic, dark fantasy, and horror. While I’m not crazy about dark fantasy, I find it can be pretty depressing, the rest sounded really good to me. I was hoping this would be right up my alley instead I’m left thinking that it was just alright.

A bunch of old Sumerian gods have come Earth to start the end of days. However, one of the gods that was the key to these end of the world plans never showed up so the word is stuc
Jeff Raymond
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Closer to a 4.5.

I got to meet and hear Julie C. Day at a reading back in December, and picked up this book. Honestly? It's well-done, has a great little story, but for me, it was done and I just wanted to spend a lot more time in this universe.

I mean, outside of all the evil stuff. Just an amazing atmosphere, some stellar worldbuilding throughout. This shouldn't get overlooked at all.
Cécile C.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a surprise, both extremely dark and extremely compelling. The premise (two teenage girls attempt to speed up the end of the world, because the Earth just before the Apocalypse is just too miserable to live in) may sound gloomy, but somehow the story still manage to convey a sense of hope. The narrator's voice is just glib enough to add spice to the story without becoming annoying, and the blooming relationship between the two main characters rings true, and touching.

I also enjoyed the
Maria Haskins
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny, dark, strange, and heartwarming at the same time, this is a fast-paced horror/dark fantasy story about two queer girls in love who try to save the world by bringing about the Sumerian Rapture (which might seem to be an odd way of saving the world, but hey, in this cast it works). The characters are wonderful in all their fiery, gnarly teen girl glory, and their "road trip" adventure through the underworld is phantasmagorically trippy. The story moves at a fast clip, and it was the voice o ...more
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Day has written an intense horror novel, full of ghastly mythology. Perhaps a next level novel of the undead, The Rampant is two teenage girls trying to bring about the End of Days as they exist in a twilight that is neither dead nor undead. Day is a precise writer whose sentences are poetic, even in this intense setting. The book is almost perfect in its execution.
Damian Mxyzptlk
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horrific
That's how you write first-person narrators!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow! I love a good descent into the underworld story (see: Hadestown), and this is one of the best I've come across! Two teen girls in Indiana embark on a perilous journey into the Sumerian underworld, and you won't believe what happens next! Do yourself a favor, and get this book, then go back and read Julie C. Day's short story collection Uncommon Miracles.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good news! The rapture came and it was nothing at all like what any of us prepared for.

Well, it almost came.

It's going to come.


Just...we're waiting for the last god to show up.

The end of the world has been here for ten years now, and the rapture is pending. Trouble is, it didn't come from any of the big world religions. Sumerian gods are the real deal and most of them showed up for the apocalypse. The Rampant, unfortunately, is ten years tardy, and the rapture can't happen until he shows
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apocalyptic fiction comes in many varieties today and there’s certainly no shortage of options, but apocalypse based on Sumerian mythology…now that’s bound to grab my attention. I’m interested in all mythology, but Sumeria seldom gets its time in the sun as it were, so for this I was willing to take a chance on an unknown author/unknown publishers and, more importantly, try to ignore the fact that it screamed YA. Because this slender volume managed to get very complimentary blurbs from respectab ...more
Jeremy Brett
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie Day's novella is, as I've said elsewhere, utterly singular. It's rare enough to find a work that can truly surprise you, that can be really different from anything you've seen before. "The Rampant" is just such a work - it's a post-apocalyptic quest, a deep dive into Sumerian mythology that has as its heart a powerful and abiding friendship between two modern young women. More about it I don't want to reveal, but it is stunning in its ideas and the surreality of its world.
Tom Davidson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great little book helping us to understand just how it might go down if the long awaited Rapture fails to live up to its promises of world-ending glory. The main characters are well written and really help to carry things along as they bring the story to the Sumerian underworld. Really enjoyed it.
Lisa (Rover Reads)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

What a fun little book! Gillian and her best friend (and crush) Emelia have a mission: finish the Rapture that started 10 years ago, thus ending the world as they know it. The reason? The world as they know it sucks. Gods and demigods are running rampant, killing and feeding and slaughtering the humans systematically. To complicate matters further, the dead that are considered 'imperfect' are doomed to dwell forever in
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love YA post-apocalyptic books. This has an interesting subject with a not well-known Sumerian mythology angle and 2 kick-ass girl heroes. That being said this one didn't really do it for me.. could not really relate to the main characters and the writing was a bit chaotic for me. A lot needed to be said in a short space it seems. Descriptions were good though, but maybe the book was a bit too "young" for me to really get into it.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and fun! Comparisons to Percy Jackson are probably inevitable – teens x mythology and all that – but this book did give me strong Percy Jackson vibes, not just thematically but tonally. (I loved Percy Jackson, so that’s okay with me.) The best parts of the book are definitely the physical descriptions of the underworld, which are very visceral and imaginative and shot through with real horror. I’d have liked a deeper dive into the characters and a deeper understanding of their motivations a ...more
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Julie C. Day's novella THE RAMPANT (Aqueduct Press) is a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of the genre-bending collection UNCOMMON MIRACLES (PS Publishing). Julie's short stories have been published in a wide variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies such as Black Static, The Dark, Split Lip Magazine, Podcastle, Interzone, and the Cincinnati Review.

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