The rapture will begin in modern-day Wyoming.
Seventeen-year-old Daphne can’t wait to put her past in Detroit behind her, while Owen wants to stop the strange nightmares that started on his 18th birthday. Their paths converge in the dying community of Carbon County, Wyo. Her arrival heralded by trumpets from the sky, Daphne ends up living with her uncle, Floyd Peyton, and his family in their overcrowded trailer. The Peytons attend church regularly and always include the charismatic Pastor Ted in their prayers. When Daphne discovers oil behind the Peyton trailer, the community begins to revitalize. Owen finds himself drawn to Daphne, while his mysterious possible half sister, Luna, appears to have an uncanny ability to make strangers do her bidding. As signs of the end of days continue to appear and the community turns against them, Daphne and Owen both begin to question their own actions and motives. What role does free will play if your destiny is preordained? In her debut, Schumacher rounds out her third-person narrative with a varied cast of believable secondary characters and sets the stage for a compelling sequel. In an even greater feat, the author provides a fascinating reimagining of the rapture accessible to both religious and secular readers alike.
This page-turner will leave readers eager for more. (Fantasy. 14 & up)