Royal Blog Tour # 12 : The Departed ( The Departed #1 ) by Kristy Cooper

Review copy was given by the author as part of the blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. This in no way influenced my review of the book whatsoever. Thank you! 

The Departed by Kristy Cooper

Ebook, 155 pages

Genre: YA Dystopian

Release Date: July 6th 2016

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What if someone tried to fake the rapture?
When hundreds of thousands of people disappear in the middle of the night, including sixteen-year-old Gwen’s best friend Lana, no one knows why. Some believe they were taken in the rapture, while others are convinced that it can’t be true. Doomsday prophecies abound that involve horrifying tales of plague, famine, earthquakes, and more.
At first, Gwen doesn’t know what to think. While she is busy mourning Lana, many people around her are getting taken in by the cultish True Believers Temple, including Gwen’s dad and her friend Mindy. It is clear that more and more people are going to be pressured to join this church, as it starts taking over the media and the government, gaining zealous followers all over the world.
Then Gwen starts receiving emails from Lana. She claims to have been forced into hiding with thousands of others in an underground compound. Gwen is convinced the emails are real and the only other person who also believes her is Isaiah, her moody crush. Together they resolve to find out where everyone is hiding and help set Lana free.   
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Kristy Cooper found herself often contemplating unusual what-if scenarios and knew it was time to start writing them down. She worked as a librarian for years and is now busy raising small children and writing YA novels. Stay up to date with her books at kristycooper.com.

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Okay before I start, If you’re following me and reading my reviews then you probably know how I like going in blind in books. It was the same for this one and it became the reason why I almost put it down. It had quite so much information or paragraphs that for me wasn’t actually needed. It almost made me stop reading it at all. But fortunately I gave it a chance and it was actually pretty good. There were stupid decisions but I can let it pass due to their age. I also love the plot and I am so excited to what would happen on the next book. And yes it is a series and yes it ends in a cliffhanger *silently ccurses the author* But it was very good. Amazing plot. I just wish less purple prose next time? 
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In conclusion, it is a recommended book for people who love conspiracy theories and mystery and a little bit of religious issue on the side. Please go in blind because that is so much better. Giving this book 4 Royal Stars because it got so much better in the end.
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Okay I assume if you’re reading this part that you have read the book already or you don’t care about spoilers. First, I was annoyed at Gwen really. But as I go on with the book, she seemed really mature and not like her age at all, except those times that she was so wreckless. I loved that Lana was willing to go through lengths to talk to her. All the religious take made me dizzy at this point but it was like a religious version of the purge. Everybody wants everybody to either die or go to heaven. That execution needs some work but I really like this Gwen and Isiah team. I just hope they get out on all of this alive.

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