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Armageddon Summer (1998)

av Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville

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Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe.
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This book is about two teenagers' families and how they believe that it's going to be the end of the world. Their parents end up dragging them to a camp with their church to watch the world end and ascend into Heaven. The two teenagers don't want to be there and question their faith and God, they also end of falling in love.
  arilove808 | Apr 12, 2018 |
The authors obviously split the work by writing the alternating chapters from the POV of Marina and Jed. The idea for the story (written 1998) was conceptually interesting (kids coping with parents engaged in rather frightening life-changing activities); but, first, I was never convinced these were "real" children rather than adults projecting their own perspective (an uncommonly ham-handed display with Yolen and Coville, based on what I've read from them before); and, second, I was very unconvinced that the authors had any first-hand or even second-hand knowledge of either religious Armageddon believers, or any particularly devout Christians at all.

Granted, their aim wasn't to explore deeply what leads adults into apocalyptic movements, but the reasons presented (and the kids' legitimate questions about God) that they did give were facile, shop-worn, and one-sided (that is, never presenting any of the many serious answers to those questions available outside of the comic-book view of fundamentalism).

In fine, book read like an exercise in conflating an updated Millerism with the Waco fiasco scaled down to kid-view, without actually addressing the core of either (because, what do kids know?).

The kids-in-action were okay; the adolescent romance was pure chick-lit. (this is what generated my lowered stars, BTW)

See here for a view that seems to accord with the Yolen/Coville approach.
http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/apocal.htm

Note that actual evangelical apocalyptic believers would dispute some of the points herein, as being written by an un-believer with an academic axe.
IMO the article (actually a study guide) seems historically accurate, but is distinctly representative of the view from "outside" the original movements and their contemporary descendants. ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 6, 2017 |
Jed and Marina end up camped out on a mountain with their families as they all await Armageddon with their minister. Looks at what beliefs mean, how and why people believe what they do.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is not science fiction or fantasy. It is a treatment of a real world phenomenon of millenialism. And it is done well, with plenty of sensitivity and sympathy for all convictions. An excellent bildungsroman. ( )
  2wonderY | Nov 25, 2013 |
Marina and Jed meet at an armed Millenialist camp where each has accompanied a Believer parent, both of whom are followers of Reverend Beelson and believe his revelation that the world is going to end on July 20, 2000. While discovering their feelings for each other, both teens also have to deal with discovering their feelings about faith, God, and their own places in the universe as they wait with exactly 142 others for the end times. “Told in alternating voices, this gripping tale gives a close look at people caught up in events over which they have little control” (School Library Journal). The authors’ choice of narration style enriches this unique story. --SJ Cournoyer
  LomiraQCLibrary | Jul 4, 2012 |
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Jane Yolenprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Coville, Brucehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Nielsen, CliffOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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