The Vanishings (Left Behind: The Kids #1) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 341 user ratings

" The writing at times is a bit corny and a little preachy, but I expected that reading a book about the Rapture. Also, I don't really agree with the idea that there is still an opportunity for those who missed the Rapture to accept Christ. I'll have to do some more research on that, but overall I enjoyed the book. It's an easy, quick read, and pretty scary when you consider the reality of the Rapture. I recommend this book to everyone as a warning and a wake-up call! " said.

"When I started reading this, I didn't realize that this was the series rewritten for elementary school age children. The story is ok. The execution however is dull and repetitive. I had always intended on reading the Left Behind series but this has me questioning if I will ever bother with that. There is no resolution at the end of this particular book. It really does just stop in the middle of everything. I'm not a fan of that. I think every book entry to a series should have a proper beginning, middle, and end. This does not. But neither were the characters compelling enough to encourage me to continue reading all... 40 (!) entries in this series." said.

"It's hard for me to review this book. I did not read it for the Christian message, so let's just judge it on its merits aside from that.

I was prepared to not like this book, but it was weirdly readable. The characters were stereotypes, but despite the hilarity of them all, you want to keep reading. Maybe it's the trainwreck effect, where you just have to see the rapture happen, knowing these kids will be left behind (obvs from the title, right?)

Once I started, I had to keep reading...maybe it's the tiny pages that make it so easy to thinking you can finish in a sitting. I finished this in a day, and though it's super simplistic, I kind of want to read the next one. Not sure if I will, because once I read #2, I'll probably need to read all 40 of them, lol.
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"Well, I finally read it after hearing about these books for so many years. Book 1 down, 39 to go?

For such popular books, I did expect the writing style to be better than average, so it let me down a bit in that department... Bland dialogue and descriptions. (Young readers around 10-12 probably won't notice that, and that's who the series is designed for anyways.)

I also had assumed the story would be a bit more emotional. I mean, if millions of people disappeared, wouldn't the world be in emotional turmoil and utter tragedy? I only got about 50% of the emotion I was expecting.

Note to the discerning reader & parents:
(1) The 4 main kids in the story have attitudes and don't fully believe in God (of course, the story had to be created this way to illustrate why these kids don't leave in the Rapture). I'm hoping for character redemption and personality growth later on.
(2) Also, there are references to drinking and smoking. These topics are used to show lifestyles that one should avoid as a follower of Christ, as those elements in your life will probably lead to worse situations.

Overall? I'd like to stick to the series now that I've begun, so we'll see... 40 books is a lot, but might be fun!

Qualifies for COYER Scavenger Hunt item #1.
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"Please understand that when I started reading this book, I did not realize that it was religious - there was no indication on the back that Christianity was the main focus of the book. I have three major problems with this book.

1. This problem may be due to the 'type' of Christianity focused on, but the idea that people who were inherently 'good', kind, charitable etc. were 'left behind' because they didn't attend church regularly is silly. The idea of a "good Christian" is super debatable and will vary Catholic vs. Protestant etc. The idea of organized religion is -- nevermind, let's stay on topic.

2. The writing was SO terrible. It was as though I was reading a pamphlet. "And then Jane said... so Tom said...." Adjectives are your friends.

3. It was so annoying how the authors did not even for one second entertain the idea that post-rapture life could be actually really good for the earth or fun- even momentarily - less population, can redistribute some wealth/ resources. The characters could have looted (later feeling guilty).

4. This book relies on scaring kids into being good Christians by threatening that they will be left alone - their families gone. This does not acknowledge kids who aren't close with their familes or kids who don't have real families (ward of the state, orphans) etc.

I would have continued reading more in the series (as a non-religious person) because the premise was interesting, but the wrting was SO, SO bad.
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"A quick read but very good! It gets the point across about what will happen when the rapture occurs and why you need to ask Jesus into your ❤️ Great for kids and young adults. Definitely recommend!!!" said.

" 30th book read in 2014.Number 178 out of 374 on my all time book list.Follow the link below to see my video review: " said.

" Poorly written and awfully scary for children. " said.

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