Rapture (Fallen #4)
by Lauren Kate
Publication: June 12, 2012
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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?
Lauren Kate has written a stunning conclusion to the Fallen series. When I picked up the book, I was super excited to finally learn the truth behind the Fall and how it relates to Luce and Daniel's love. At the same time, I was--and still am--sad to see the series conclude. I love the series and the characters, and I do not want to say goodbye to them.
Luce and Daniel are as sweet a couple as ever. I love their boundless devotion towards one another, how they seem to be made for one another. Their relationship is legendary among angels, and it has become a legend in YA lit. It's a beautiful, unrivaled love. My favorite kickass characters also return, from Arriane to Gabe and Cam. Unfortunately, they don't play as big a role as in book one, after which the series has mainly focused on Luce and Daniel (with the exception of Torment, where Daniel was missing for quite a good portion). To my surprise, I also ended up sympathizing with Lucifer after learning more about his past; while I still believe that he's too arrogant and self-absorbed, I feel (a bit) sorry for him.
Near the middle, I began to suspect the truth behind the beginning of Luce and Daniel's love, and I imagined that Luce was more special than she thought she was. However, I didn't expect the full extent to which Luce is involved in the conflict between Heaven and Hell. She is one amazing girl and just as glorious as Daniel always says she is. Learning about the beginning of their love has confirmed for me that the two belong together.
While things become a little convenient with Luce regaining more of her memories, the team suffers its losses. I was sad to see some characters go. Even a part of Luce and Daniel, for they must make sacrifices for their love. Sacrifices that pale before the power of their love, but which are great nonetheless. The characters go through much difficulty (comparable to hell) trying to find a way to stop Lucifer before he succeeds in rewriting history.
Rapture is not a book to read for the battles or the action. There is tension in the story, but it pretty much all comes from character relationships, not between enemy groups. Any external conflict there is wraps up cleanly. This is a book about self-discovery, and it draws its power from within the characters. The ending is beautiful yet bittersweet. The story could have worked without the epilogue; however, I enjoyed seeing what happens after the big battle.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.