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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After a devastating car accident renders art therapist Gabrielle Fox paralyzed from the waist down, Gabrielle finds herself taking on the most challenging patient of her career. Sixteen year old Bethany Krall has been locked up in Oxsmith, a British psychiatric hospital, for repeatedly stabbing her mother to death with a screwdriver. The daughter of a charismatic preacher, Bethany is anything but the ideal preacher’s daughter. Bethany can predict world disasters down to the exact date, foretelling what she claims is the beginning of the Rapture.

After a hurricane strikes in Rio and kills over 4000 people, Gabrielle slowly begins to believe Bethany’s predictions. A chance meeting with physicist Frazer Melville provides Gabrielle with the connections she needs to warn the rest of the world of the horrors yet to come.

Liz Jensen’s The Rapture is a brand new addition to the expanding sub-genre of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Unlike the best-selling Christian Left Behind series, The Rapture focuses less on the religious aspects of the disasters and more on the scientific aspects. Though a lot of scientific terms and explanations are given throughout the novel, it did not take away or distract from the actual story. Religion and science are not compatible in Jensen’s alternate world, and she brilliant captures this perspective in the conclusion of the novel.

The Rapture isn’t entirely about world catastrophes and the End Times. It is also about a middle-aged woman regaining her place in society and learning what is worth living for. In between trying to save a world she isn’t sure is worth the aggravation, Gabrielle finds love and experiences a miracle she thought would never be possible again.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. Instead of becoming a teacher, she tried her hand at technical writing and content writing for various companies. Occasionally she dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.