Release Date: June 12, 2012
(Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher!)
Published by: Delacorte Books
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?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
This isn't a typical review, because if I completely reviewed Rapture, I'd probably end up ranting about the other three books. I've always thought that the Fallen series had a good premise, even if I thought the story wasn't heading in the way I would've preferred.
Of the Fallen books, Rapture is by far the best.
1. Luce grows a lot as a character. She irritated me in previous books because she would whine and not do anything. Essentially she was the damsel in distress who didn't know how to take care of herself and depended on Daniel. A lot. ...Well, in Rapture, she changes. She steps up and becomes a better heroine, one who's willing to take risks and be the leader that everyone needs her to be. And bonus points! She doesn't keep talking about how gorgeous Daniel Grigori is.
2. Daniel is less controlling. Daniel annoyed me at points in the other books because he was so controlling and demanding of Luce when she didn't know much about their relationship or him. A lot of the times I didn't see the attraction, but in Rapture, he's freer and a more assured boyfriend, which made the romance much nicer (and less requiring of suspending my disbelief).
3. The plot. Even though it was a bit cliche (find three artifacts then face the villain), it was better than those of the other books and more expansive, incorporating world-building and historical/biblical details that were interesting to read.
4. More action! Yes, no sitting around at school, none of that drama. The countdown element really helped move the story along and kept it fast-paced.
There were some negatives about this book. For one, I predicted what was going to happen about halfway through the book as well as many of the plot twists.... I also felt that Lauren Kate took the easy way out with some of the deaths... but all in all, I'm glad that this was how the series ended.
Fans of the series will love this conclusion as well as the revelations that unfold regarding Luce and Daniel's history, their curse, and Luce's role in this battle of good and evil.