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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 341 user ratings

" this is the first book in a series of young adult books related to the Left Behind series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim lahaye. I think that every teenage child should read this series because one day this will come true " said.

" Rereading the series and I still love it. It is a powerful look at what people can expect to happen after the rapture. It brings together people that normally wouldn't find each other and shows the importance of working together to achieve a common goal. " said.

" I have never read anything like this in my life! This is such a breathtaking book! I loved hearing the back stories of the four kids and how the vanishing personally affected them. It was really cool how every chapter was through the eyes of a different kid. This book definitely gave me a new understanding of Revelation. I would recommend this book (and the rest of the series) to anyone who likes to read adventure novels or is curious about the book of Revelation. " 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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"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.

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