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Armageddon Summer

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,829 ratings  ·  178 reviews
The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000. At least, that’s what Reverend Beelson has told his congregation. That’s why Marina and Jed and their parents have joined the rest of the Reverend’s flock at a mountain retreat to await the end of the world. But this world has only just begun for Jed and Marina, two teenagers with more attitude than faith. Why should the world ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 26th 1999 by Harcourt Brace (first published September 15th 1998)
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Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I'm sensitive about books that portray anyone who believes in the Bible as a lunatic, I am also aware that cults exist that have used God's Word to justify weird and dangerous behavior. So this book is plausible although uncomfortable for someone like me who really does believe in the millennium. I hate to see people like Rev. Beelson who misuse God's Word. *Spoiler* Because of this, the main characters really end up rejecting any belief in Jesus or a personal God, only retaining a vagu ...more
Jan 04, 2008 added it
Shelves: religous
Armageddon Summer provides a front-row seat for the type of event most of us only witness on a TV screen. Reverend Raymond Beelson is gathering 144 "Believers" atop Mount Weeupcut in Massachusetts to camp out, pray, and await Armageddon--July 27, 2000--when he predicts that his faithful flock will be saved as the rest of the world is set ablaze in fire and brimstone. We experience the month leading up to this climax through the eyes of two teenagers who have never met before, Jed and Marina, eac ...more
Isaac .P
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Armageddon Summer delivers a story where two people(Marina and Jed) are going through life and ends up at the same destination. Each chapter switches the point of view of the two main characters giving each chapter their own experience and having two chapter being the same day. Early in the story it introduces the fact that the two main character's families are religious believers who worship at the Reverend Hill church. Reverend Hill church was different because of the crazy revelation that Arm ...more
Yolen and Coville, who are always a pleasure to read, do a great job unpacking the doubts, concerns, and fears of young teens in regards to religion, particularly fringe type religion with excessive evangelical fervor. The story is compelling and well presented, and the two main characters both complex and likeable. The tale is told from both of their first person points of view, as well as excerpts from The Reverend's sermons, and some transcripts of police and FBI files and conversations. Make ...more
Kressel Housman
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
When a book has me so riveted that I stay up way later than I should to read it, I usually give it a 5, but this, being a teen novel, was a little too simplistic for me to rate it that high. Also, there were some parts at the beginning in which I thought, “Okay. We’ve met the two main characters. Now can they stop sneaking peeks at each other and get on with some dialogue?” Once they did, though, I was hooked.

The book is the story of a budding romance between Jed, age 16, and Marina, almost 14.
Judah Kosterman
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
For being published twenty years ago, this story holds up remarkably well. Charismatic leader collecting followers willing to leave their lives and set up camp in the wilderness, hoping to rebuild the world as a better place after it (self)destructs? Still rings true. A teen girl's mother homeschooling her (many) children to try to protect them from too much worldly exposure in public school (with one of the male children hinted at being special needs)? Even more true today than it was then. A t ...more
J Russ Briley
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book as a recommendation from a friend to see what she felt was a good example of young adult reading. I liked the book, and read it through as a fall asleep read. It is a young adult book so designed for a much younger audience. Published in 1998, it is not too dated but didn't carry my desire for nostalgia. It never felt like the late nineties nor is it current. The two teenagers take turns talking in the first person literally alternating chapters which the author conveniently tit ...more
May Regan
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Book: Hi! My name is Armageddon Summer, I'm a kinda Christian, I enjoy long walks on the mountain -
Me: oh that's nice I like mountains too -
This Book: - I also like Cut Houses, borderline psychotic Reverends, and Armageddon.
Me: ........that escalated quickly dang.
Me: ........ waiter can I get the check please.
Two BookWorms Blog
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It’s got everything: adventure, drama, romance. It’s one of those books that I had to speedread my way through because I just had to know how it ended.

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May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This had an interesting construction of he said/she said to tell the story, but unfortunately I'm a little too elderly for the OMG! He's so CUTE! bits of the story.
Amy Dibenedetto nelson
I enjoy YA and thought this book was just ok, easy beach read, nothing life changing.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful story. Well written. Jane Yolan and Bruce Coville make you care about the characters. Nice descriptions--you feel like you're there.
Bish Denham
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A disturbing and at time haunting look into the lives/minds of people who believe (and those who don't) that the end of the world is coming.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Elizabeth Wallace
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like to wonder why people do such stupid things sometimes
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Hannah, my old friend who love books as much as I do.
I don't know about you, but I loved this book! Though I am an active Mormon (that's Christian too, in case you didn't know) and believe in all that entails, this was not offensive at all. It was an excellent book, sort of an older Evan Almighty story, except waaay more serious. Now, enough background, here's the book:

Jed and Marina are both very confused people and their parents both have problems, BIG ones, but this is not the only thing that links them. Guess what does? Their parents have bo
Tripp Moultrie
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
There are probably a few things you should know before picking up Armageddon Summer - first and foremost, it is a young adult novel. Second, the point of view is split between two characters. This may or may not be a big deal for you depending on whether you mind viewing the same events (albeit from different perspectives) again and again. It didn't bother me too much as the author takes care to not retread too many things - but hey, considered yourself warned. Lastly - it's a young adult novel. ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Marina and Jed are two teens who are forced by their parents to abandon their homes and move to a mountaintop retreat with religious zealots who believe the world will end July 27, 2000. While Marina believes in God and prayer, she finds her mother's obsession with the Reverend Beelson and religion frightening and burdensome. Her mother has essentially abandoned Marina and her siblings to spend more time with the reverend, her Bible, and the other congregation members. She finds it worrisome and ...more
Shazza Maddog
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager when the world is scheduled to end on your birthday might make for the worst time ever.

This story is told in alternating first person point of views, starting in Marina's voice and continuing in Jed's. Marina is fourteen years old, with three younger brothers. Her parents are separated. Her mother is searching for something, and finds it in Reverend Beelson. The reverend believes the world is going to end, and gathers up one hundred forty-four Believer
Clarissa M
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read Armageddon Summer because it was recommended to me and I was told that it was a good book. After finishing it myself, I feel that I agree, more or less.

This book is about the joint protagonists Marina and Jed, who come from very different worlds that, as they grow closer, seem to acquire more similarities. Marina is one of six children (she being only girl and the oldest) who's mother drags her and the boys into a new Christian religion headed by Reverend Raymond Beelson. Jed, currently p
Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
The plot follows two teenagers, Jed and Marina, as their parents drag them into a millennium cult known as The Believers as they prepare for the world to end on July 27th. The Believers, led by a reverand from Boston, decide to camp on a mountaintop in western Massachusetts where they believe they will be saved from the end of the world. The story is told in alternating voices between Jed and Marina who meet on the mountain and consequently fall in love. Neither teenager believes in the mission ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maggie by: I love Jane Yolen
Shelves: july-09
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Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I finally, finally read this. I wanted to read 'Armageddon Summer' way back in middle school and forgot all about it. Then, one fateful day in 2015, I found a copy in the library where I work. I snatched it up immediately.

I was very much satisfied with what unfolded between the pages. What stays with me is not the story or characters or even the themes, but how effective the primary conceit was. Yolen and Coville split up writing protagonists Marina and Jed, and as a result, their voic
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
What do you do when one of your parents tells you that the world is going to end in two weeks, so you must journey to the top of a mountain in order to be saved from the wrath of God? You go with them; at least, that's what Jed and Marina do.

Marina is thirteen years old. Her mom has found a new church of Believers whose leader has had a revelation that the world will end by fire in two weeks, and only 144 people will be saved. Marina wants to believe along with her mother, and although she stru
Donna Ibarra
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The book Armageddon Summer is about love, trust, and belief.This novel is based on two teenagers perspectives either one chapter is Jed’s viewpoint or the other is Marina’s viewpoint. The story starts out from the perspective, Marina a believer, who is willing to go with her mother and leave her father when they are told that the world is going to end. Jed the other protagonist who is a teenager, whose mother ran off with another man and whose father turns to Reverend Raymond Beelson, a preacher ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Format: 266 pages. Appx. 57,000 words. Dual author, multivocal.

Exceptionally well-written story of two teens caught up in their parent's search for spiritual meaning through their involvement with a millennial cult. Marina watches as her parent's marriage dissolves and her mother takes she and her four brothers up to camp Weeupcut to wait out the final two weeks before the end of the world - the same two weeks before Marina's fourteenth birthday. Jed on the other hand is still reeling from his m
Rio Garcia
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Summer Armageddon
Summer Armageddon, i'm not fond of cheesy romance stories like this one and i found the book to be dull. Also the use of the bible in this book make me uneasy due to the fact it is portraying the men and women who read it as lunatics. The Story starts out from the perspective of these two teenagers Jed and Marina and it shows the way there life seems to alter due to the actions there parents have taken and leads these two kids to the mountain of weeupcut which the reverend a wel
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yolen-jane
Reverend Beelson gathers 144 Believers for Armageddon. The month before July 27, 2000, the group sets up camp on top of Mount Weeupcut in Massachusetts. Through prayer, the believers prepare themselves to inhabit a world destroyed by fire and brimstone. Jed follows his father to the mountain out of concern for this man who went crazy after his wife left. Jed's not a Believer. Marina desperately wants to believe the reverend's message of destruction. She comes to the mountain with her devote moth ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, literary
Marina and Jed are two children whose parents get wrapped up with a tiny religious cult. At first it's not so bad, but when that cult believes only 144 will survive the end of the world, and they go to a mountain to wait for it, what will happen?

It's very easy for authors to fall into the trap of demonizing religious people, but Yolen and Coville avoid that admirably. Every character is real and has a personality and motivation, and there are no cardboard cut-out fundies here. It's not perfect:
Jeremy Stellema
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it

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 chi
Kaipo Barnes
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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The book Armageddon Summer is a story about love and who you trust. It talks about two young people Jed and Marina and how one is a believer in god while the other doesn’t believe in god. The two character meet at the top of Mount Weepecut where they fall in love with each other. The plot of the book was Jed, Marina and their families stay in a camp full of religious people. I like that in the beginning of the book Jed wasn’t a believer, but to
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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