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Carbon County Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heartWhen life gets too tough to bear in Detroit Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her It’s the sound of trumpetsDaphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here And incredible occurrences soon support their belief Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs She works a job at the local oil rig helps around the house hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into uestion all her doubts and fears               Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason She only has to read the signs—and believe

10 thoughts on “End Times

  1. says:

    This is such a weird and interesting book Here's my video review

  2. says:

    Bored I can sum up my entire reading experience in one word I gave this book than enough time and I just finally couldn't take it anyYou probably want some though Okay This book is told in alternating third person POV with three main characters so far Daphne her cousin Janie and Owen Owen's the only one that's remotely interesting to me and that's not saying much because I'm not real interested in him either Daphne has potential but she's so busy trying to fade into the background that I'm bored with her Janie's pregnant Apparently that's the sum of her personality That and she loves her boyfriend who's an obvious asshole42% I read and I didn't even get to the part of the blurb where the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here Trumpets are sounding when Daphne gets into town but after they stop later that night they're pretty much forgotten Life goes on I get to read about boring day to day life stuff Then Daphne is apparently Jed Clampett and black gold comes bubbling up out of the ground More boring day to day stuff More boring More More MoreThe writing feels pretty simplistic too That's not always a bad thing but here there was nothing that made me want to do anything other than skim The dialogue also felt really forced and not at all like how people actually talk Finally there's shaping up to be some sort of confrontation between the Christian God loving folk of Carbon County which despite its name is actually a town and the Earth Children children of the Earth God apparently Honestly I'm just not interested The Christians in this book felt like caricatures and then there was the free loving hippie vibe of the main Earth Child that we've met so far Meh Stereotypes aren't awesomeThe one good thing I can say is that despite being bored the book reads fairly uickly It took me a couple of hour to read nearly half of it and I kept pausing to do other things

  3. says:

    The sense of urgency a little bit of fear but intense concentration deep deep focus on tackling a really difficult problemThe crinkle of the eyes up and around the mouth is a sign of optimism And the eyebrows up is surprise This is a gamer who is on the verge of something called an epic win Yes now that I finished the book I am almost on the same page as this gamer on the pic on the verge of an epic winThis is the face captured by photographer Phil Toldano and explained in the excellent Ted talk by game designer Jane McGonigal It captures the emotion of gaming Toldano set up a camera in front of gamers while they were playing McGonigal in the video alerts us to the subtle nuances in this photo

  4. says:

    I always love a new angle on end of the world mythologyAlmost the entire story takes place in the town of Carbon County a poky but devout and close knit town in beautiful Wyoming Soon enough we and the primary narrator see the town and for what it is a run down town with a glamorous and unsavory preacher leading the flock The details of the setting had enough of a twist to them that Carbon County felt like a real place to meWhat really pleased me about End Times was the growing realization that the two narrators were moving into position to become rivals and that it wasn't at all clear which side I should be rooting for Both narrators seem to be good people but the evil cult side is committed to protecting the Earth while the good Christian side is wrapped up in getting rich by exploiting the Earth I love the ambiguity And I think it's gutsy to write a book where Christian scripture is true and yet the Christians aren't necessarily the good guys you know?I did feel it leaned a little on some common Young Adult tropes namely the reluctant hero who doesn't want to accept how special she is But Book Two will be a definite buy for me End Times was all about putting the chess pieces on the chessboard and I'm eager to watch the game play out

  5. says:

    Find the original review at This is the Story of MyReading Life I kind of went into this one blind I thought I had read about So when a blogger friend asked me if I wanted her ARC to review because she wasn't feeling it I jumped on it But it turns out I either didn't read the blurb or I didn't understand the blurb Oops Turns out I am not the right type of reader for this bookEnd Times mainly follows Daphne She's just gone through a very traumatic experience well living with her mom in Detroit And they aren't really seeing eye to eye at the momenther mom pretty much hates her So she jumps on the bus to go live with her uncle aunt and cousin in a small County in Wyoming Daphne decided it was best not to tell them the real reason why she was fleeing Detroit so fast And I guess luckily for her they didn't really ask They just took her in because they love her But Daphne's arrival is marked with weird occurrences As soon as she steps off the bus an orchestra of trumpets are heard throughout the County Nobody knows where they are coming from And eventually they just stop That's just the startCarbon County is a very small run down place It's obviously hurting for money And so are most of its residents It really relies on the goodness of its people and God But unfortunately a lot of them do have their own agendas And that really comes through when Daphne strikes oil in her families backyard Suddenly Daphne is marked as the savior and her uncle is going to become rich He hires an oil company to come and secure the site and set up a rig This of course brings a whole bunch of workers to Carbon County and well the residents aren't totally happy with themEnd Times gives us a bunch of interesting characters to say the least Honestly I hated a bunch of them Daphne is a plan girl with a broken past She doesn't really trust people especially guys She's trying to find her place in Carbon County but she's different from the residents She doesn't put all her trust in the church She doesn't believe what it's selling to say the least Daphne's also use to hard work so when the rig sets up she applies to work there She wants to help out and needs the pay And that's where she meets OwenOwen has been having these very weird dreams These dreams are pointing him to somewhere and someone So he gets on the road in search of them Along the way he meets up with Luna Luna and Owen apparently grew up together in a cult The cult lived off the Earth and the adults just slept around with all the members Owen doesn't know who is father is and Luna tells him that's because he's a son of the Earth Yea pretty effed up The whole Earthen cult thing will come into play throughout the story Anyhow Owen's dreams become prominent the closer he gets to Carbon County Add on the job opportunity to work on the rig It's a easy decisionWe've also got Uncle Floyd who is super trusting of everyone He's kind of a pushover He puts his trust in the church But when he suddenly has all this money coming in because of the oil he puts it directly back into the town He's concerned with keeping the town afloat than getting his family out of their trailer and into a houseThere's also her pregnant 17 year old cousin Janie Poor innocent Janie Obviously being an unwed teenage mother is close to blasphemy in her town But Janie thinks her unborn child is a sign from God And than the church and minister start to believe that too Even calling the child a prophet Needless to say things get crazy there And let's not forget Janie's boyfriend and baby daddy What an asshole He's under the impression he's the shit All his friends bow to his every move Janie is under some sort of spell when it comes to him too He does some awful things starts a lot of rumours and is just an awful person with a massive temper He'll make you angry and want to punch somethingThere's a ton of other interesting characters But it would take me all day to write about them Just know that these people have put all their trust and faith in the church and God It's pretty much a cult They will say and do whatever the minister tells them Their opinions change every few pages based on what's happening in the town I don't like these kind of people and I don't like reading about them So this makes Brittany very angryEnd Times is a start of the apocalypse rapture type book Very heavy on the religious aspects With a lot of frustrating characters I'm pretty sure a lot of readers will find this book super interesting Especially with the build up to finding the prophet and what is to be an epic showdown between Carbon County and the daughters and sons of the Earthen I'm unfortunately just not the right reader for it It is not a Brittany type of book

  6. says:

    This book was just eh I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing who compares something that's supposed to be beautiful to Fruit Loops? Also the plot felt implausible at times and the characters were flat and felt like caricatures Lastly I couldn't help but wonder if this was a Christian book thinly veiled as mainstream YA The congregants of the Church of God like Uncle Floyd and Aunt Karen are all gee whiz and pure of heart despite following their pastor with a cult like loyalty and intensity and Daphne spends a lot of time wishing she could have the simple faith of her aunt uncle and cousin and is never critical of their blind and slightly crazy faith Lastly there seemed to be no condemnation AT ALL of the fact that Janie was pregnant as a teenager and there seemed to be no explanation of how this seemingly very religious teenager reconciled her active sex life with her boyfriend to loving Jesus and believing in an end times theology that is most common in fundamentalist sects It just didn't ring true in the least All that being said I gave it two stars rather than one because there is a chance that I will read the seuel just to see howif Anna Schumacher addresses the issues I've listed above A book that has so many problems but still makes me curious to see how it all turns out can't be all bad

  7. says:

    An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review uotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to changeI liked this one but it was very predictable The writing is superb The characters are fully fleshed and you can tell which characters were clearly on the side of good or evil Naturally the main character was straddling this line and I couldn't decide if she was on any side The end made it seem like she was in the middle so maybe there's a lot than what was revealedEverything was brought up before anything happened and I had to say I was a little bored with some parts I just wanted something to happen and it finally did in the end By then I lost interest in it I'm not even sure I'm interested enough to pick up the seuel The plagues and the random drawings in the book were all good predictions about what was to come and I was excited to see how it would play out There are some religious aspects to the story and that wasn't anything new since I already know the biblical stories But it was still rather interesting to read about it in this version of events A little creepy too I might addOverall I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a different version of the seven plagues

  8. says:

    By all accounts and purposes End Times by Anna Schumacher ought to be the perfect April book It’s a book about the beginnings of the apocalypse and THE RAPTURE So pre apocalyptic I guess As a heathen this kind of thing is actually really fascinating to me for some bizarre reason And you know I did like this debut well enough but I am not an evangelist for it I don’t feel the need to shout this book from the rooftops It is an okay read featuring an intriguing heroine yet it falls into some tropes that I find uite tired At least it isn’t as nuts as Left Behind so there is thatRead the rest of my review hereNote Review will post on May 8 2014

  9. says:

    Meh An interesting story about Daphne fleeing her current home and running to family in order to try to connect with family and live around people who love her She struggles with feeling like a burden and just tries to help all she can But odd things start happening once Daphne arrives starting with day 1 and the trumpets playing when she got off the trainAll of this sounds really interesting but it ended up feeling a littleforced The characters felt like stereotypes Doug and his family have role to play as well as Owen Janie Trey and even the uncle aunt and Pastor The plot feels pushed and so obvious it's just short of the bad guys stroking their mustaches and laughing manically I wish I'd loved it

  10. says:

    Probably like 35 starsI enjoyed this book but it's definitely setting things up for the rest of the series It's not that this book is boring it isn't but it seemed like its primary purpose was to make sure to a introduce the characters and situation and b make sure that book 2 would start off like a rocket Mission accomplished; I cannot wait for book twoI loved the premise of this story too I don't believe t hat we're in the final days which people have been predicting since about 20 minutes after Jesus left but this book absolutely gave me the creepsAbsolutely a fun read and I'm very excited for the seuel