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In a past life, maybe Rapture was an okay standalone novel

In a past life, maybe Rapture was an okay standalone novel

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

Rapture actually has a lot of things going for it: lovely descriptions, vivid images of international locations, interesting angel lore, neat magical concepts, and a few raised and slightly discussed deeper themes. The problem is that all of these positives are beaten over the head with the fact this is book four, and the final book in a quartet, of an extremely uneven series.

The Fallen quartet is perhaps the most diverse series I’ve read in that every book is decidedly a different genre and story-type to the next, as if the author had a checklist of things she wanted to try and decided to use the same paper thin characters to act each one out.

So, while I enjoyed some aspects of this too-long book, it was always hampered down by the fact it was the last book, and thus needed to provide a conclusion and tie-in to the ones before it. The treasure hunt for ancient angelic relics to solve a mystery about the fall is a fine idea and easily could have been the plot of a different, better novel, which didn’t also have to weave in a whole ton of characters, revelations, and confusing reincarnation gimmicks in as well.

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The sublimely vexing world of Immortal City just keeps drawing you back in for more

The sublimely vexing world of Immortal City just keeps drawing you back in for more

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

I need to start a podcast about the worldbuilding choices in this book. Immediately.

Angels arrived 100 years ago and have lived among humanity ever since, replacing celebrities in our modern sense as the elite, beloved upper class. We’re not given a lot of information about the exact history of this, or how it went down, but I need answers.

What’s international politics like when the majority of the world’s live-in immortals live in one American city? Hey, what’s city and country politics like on that front? Are there non-angel celebrities? We’re told they showed up during the american civil war because they were upset at seeing ‘brother fighting brother’… so they just ignored all the other horrible events in human history, huh? Hey, also, shouldn’t they have been more upset about slavery? Were any of the angels not white? There’s a line about the suffragette movement- are angels sexist too?

Did WWII happen? Since angels don’t age and can only die in rare circumstances, how rapidly are angel families expanding, and do they have a backup for overpopulation/preventing incest in their bloodlines? What’s angel biology like? How come certain modern brands are listed- Versace, Gucci- but others are changed by the angels in the timeline (SaveTube, A!, Angels Weekly)? Is this timeline pollution why Blackberry phones are mentioned so often in this modern-set book?

It’s said several times angels arrived 100 years ago during the civil war, but that would put the date around 1965- are we to believe that because angels have existed, possibly stopped wars, modern tech has been invented and the story takes place then? Why the insistence on 100 years if it is essentially 150?

Is God real? Are any religions correct? How has no angel come forward and cleared that up, and how is humanity so chill about not having answers?

Considering angels take payment to protect people and save their lives (and are very specific on this with internal laws), are we to believe the angels allowed the holocaust/other atrocities to happen because the victims didn’t pay them?

THERE IS. A LOT. OF QUESTIONS.

Oh, and the rest of the book- YA teen romance- exists too, I guess.

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