Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book Review: Left Behind--The Kids--Into the Storm

(Recovered from Blogjob, where the tags were Christian conversion storyinterpretations of biblical prophecyserial fictionspeculative fictionTim LaHaye’s Left Behind seriesyoung adult fiction.)

A Fair Trade Book
Title: Into the Storm (Left Behind: The Kids volume 11)
(Click on the "copyrighted" image to buy the book directly from the seller who "copyrighted" his/her photo of this book...Amazon will pay me a small commission that way, too.)
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
Authors' web pages: https://www.timlahaye.com/
Date: 2000
Publisher: Tyndale
ISBN: 0-8423-4331-8
Length: 149 pages
Quote: "We need a leader, someone to replace Bruce."
I physically own some, not all, of the Left Behind: The Kids series. Last week I discussed volume 6, The Underground. Most of what I said in that review is also applicable to this one. Left Behind: The Kids is 24 volumes of cliff-hanger adventure stories about newly converted Christians in an "antichrist" world. Everybody's in shock and mourning at the beginning of the series, when all the Christians disappear in "The Rapture." More characters will die along the way. The world of this series of fiction will get grimmer and grimmer until the final volume, Glorious Appearing, when our world ends and the Christians enter into their Ultimate Reward.
Volume 11 begins with a reopening of the wounds as the high school students, Judd, Vicki, Lionel, Ryan, Chaya, and friends, have lost their pastor, the newly converted but sincere Bruce Barnes (whom adult readers remember from the original Left Behind series). They and their adult friends, also familiar to readers of the adult series, ask the Messianic Jewish Rabbi Tsion Ben-Judah to take Pastor Bruce's place. They would like for life to go on more or less as it was, if possible.
But that's not possible, given the overarching plot of this series. Events around them will become more horrific; the danger to the students will increase. Their society is crumbling into the evil "antichrist" society of the Apocalypse. Each of the students wants to find another surviving person who's willing to convert to Christianity, and in each volume one of them does, but they're also finding more and more baddies...who are looking for them. The teenagers are still in danger of being sent to reform school, but by now they know the adults they trust and respect most are in danger of being killed. Some of them will watch a shoot-out in this volume.
All the Left Behind: The Kids books can be considered "Sunday books" because each contains a Christian conversion story. Inspirational, uplifting, soothing, or sweet, they're not. Buy them if you want a grim, gritty read. To buy them as Fair Trade Books, send $5 per copy + $5 per package + $1 per online payment to either address at the very bottom of the screen, from which Jerry Jenkins or a charity of his choice will receive $1. (You could probably fit all 24 books into two packages for a total of $130, from which Jenkins or his charity would receive $24.)