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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 341 user ratings
ISBN:0842321934
LANGUAGE:English

"I read this book a few years ago and stopped reading the series because I couldn't find all the books. Now I've started it back up because I have them all again! This book is about Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan all being left behind by their parents because they were firm believers in God. Judd and Vicki both treat their parents awful and disrespect both of them. Judd is on the plane running away with a credit card he stole from his dad when he finds out what really happened. Vicki lives in a trailer park and she is coming home late from being out when her family is taken. She doesn't realize until the morning when this happens though because everyone is gone, but their clothes have been left behind. Lionel wakes up in the morning to find that everyone is gone except for his uncle and him. I find this concept of left behind interesting because it makes you think of what you would do in this situation. I found how odd it was that they just happened to guess what happened after maybe 3 minutes of realizing their family is gone. " said.

"This is now officially my most favorite book of all time. To be honest I hate reading but I just could not put this book down and I finished it the same day I got it and stayed up past midnight reading it. It is about four kids.... each of their families have all been saved and go to church every sunday, but these kids think all of it is stupid and that they are "too cool" for it. But when the Rapture occurs they soon realize that IT IS real and that they need to turn their lives around.... I HIGHLY recommemed this book to EVERYBODY.... If you have no idea what the rapture is then you definitely should read this book, because when that day comes, you will want to be with Christ. - But that's just my opinion - " said.

"The Vanishings is a short story (maybe a long short story) about the Rapture. Going into this, I had no idea that is what it was about. The book begins with four kids, who are not necessarily all bad, but are "lost". They have either been raised in the church but are not true believers or just kids who want to do things for themselves and not "waste" time with religion. I don't really want to go over all of the characters, but I didn't really like any of them. I felt bad for Lionel because if it hadn't been for his Uncle, there was a good chance he might have become a true believer in time. But because he looked up to his Uncle so much, he fell astray. I also felt bad for most of the parents of these kids. Vicki's parent's both have made drastic lifestyle changes. Giving up drinking and really doing all that they could to become good people and spread the word of God. The way Vicki acts is ridiculous. She purposely tries to get her father to start drinking and become abusive, she completely ignores her mothers cries to change.

At the end of this, I actually feel a bit renewed. I don't discuss religion much and I don't have much of a presence in church, but what I do have is faith.
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" I like how this ended (spoiler alert: on an important cliffhanger). This is easy to read and interesting enough. You basically met four teens, their lives are described, they are left behind and then they meet each other. Lots of telling, not showing, and some Christian lingo but the Christian message is clearly presented. This is probably most suitable for teens in content but the writing style is fairly simple. For tweens? " said.

"3.5 stars

A decent companion series to the original Left Behind series. Or a good alternative to read for younger readers. It overlaps and mentions characters in the main series but stands on it's own.

I am not sure what I think of the characters. Judd had too much an attitude but I hope and think his might soon change. Vicki makes sense for her backround but seems a bit of an attitude. Lionel I cannot figure out his age or behavior. And the one adult we get a lot from is his uncle-who really has issues. Ryan seems to be the youngest (but I am not sure about Lionel's age) and I got the least about his personality yet I also felt the most for. Good luck figuring that one unless you read this.

I felt like I was barely getting ot know them and not much story happened before it was over. While I like the style of writing the pace needs to pick up.
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"This was an engaging read. The story revolves around 4 kids: Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan. They were left behind during the rapture. The journey from the beginning of the book to the end was really powerful in my eyes. I thought that the characters were really interesting as their rebellious attitudes towards Christianity made the story more enjoyable. The message of the story is powerful as well as the story is about how Jesus will take his followers one day to Heaven to be with him.

The first part tells us how each of the characters do not care that much about Jesus. Judd is the Runaway. He is rude to his parents and steals. He was on the plane that Raymond Steele from the original Left Behind series was piloting. Vicki is the Rebel. She is the one who drinks and smokes cigarettes. She thinks Christianity is a waste of time. Lionel is the Liar. He is a good kid who feels out of place and made fun of. He lied often about loving Jesus. He is a lot like his Uncle André, who also was left behind during the rapture. Finally, Ryan is the Skeptic. He believes that Jesus is not real. He thought his best friend Raymie Steele was insane for believing that God exists.

The second part tells us what happened the day before the kids lives changed. It talked about how they saw one another at school or in church when they did not want to be there. Whatever the circumstances, they never really knew each other. The third part tells us what happened the morning after the rapture and that they were left behind. The reason why they were left behind was because they were not true believers. They all met at New Hope Village Church and watched a video about what had happened. Then they were all mourned for their losses and were asked if they were ready to accept Jesus into their lives.

The ending was very satisfying. As a Christian, I thought the writing was fantastic. The story was great, and engaged. I can't wait to see the journey that these kids have to go through. I am excited to see what is in stored. I feel like the story will be more exciting. I can't wait to read Book 2. Overall, a great read.
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"I read this book a few years ago and stopped reading the series because I couldn't find all the books. Now I've started it back up because I have them all again! This book is about Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan all being left behind by their parents because they were firm believers in God. Judd and Vicki both treat their parents awful and disrespect both of them. Judd is on the plane running away with a credit card he stole from his dad when he finds out what really happened. Vicki lives in a trailer park and she is coming home late from being out when her family is taken. She doesn't realize until the morning when this happens though because everyone is gone, but their clothes have been left behind. Lionel wakes up in the morning to find that everyone is gone except for his uncle and him. I find this concept of left behind interesting because it makes you think of what you would do in this situation. I found how odd it was that they just happened to guess what happened after maybe 3 minutes of realizing their family is gone. " said.

"This is now officially my most favorite book of all time. To be honest I hate reading but I just could not put this book down and I finished it the same day I got it and stayed up past midnight reading it. It is about four kids.... each of their families have all been saved and go to church every sunday, but these kids think all of it is stupid and that they are "too cool" for it. But when the Rapture occurs they soon realize that IT IS real and that they need to turn their lives around.... I HIGHLY recommemed this book to EVERYBODY.... If you have no idea what the rapture is then you definitely should read this book, because when that day comes, you will want to be with Christ. - But that's just my opinion - " said.

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