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Product Details

  • Series: End Times (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595147489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595147486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 10 Up—After Daphne kills her abusive stepfather in self-defense, she hopes she can escape her past by moving in with relatives in Carbon County, Wyoming. When her arrival is literally heralded by trumpets, and then she discovers oil on her uncle's land, county residents aren't sure if she's the best good luck charm ever, or someone to be feared. Her dippy 17-year-old cousin Janie is pregnant, and Doug, the biggest jerk in town, is the reluctant daddy. He makes it his personal mission to torture Daphne after she rejects his advances. Smoking hot newcomer Owen starts to work on the oil rig with Daphne, and as more and more strange events plague the small town, pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place for the two of them—and it's not a pretty picture. Is the end of the world at hand? While some choppy perspective changes and a few underdeveloped plot points detract a little from the overall effect, this is still a promising start to what is clearly a planned series. Cousin Janie provides much needed comic relief to the overall dark feel, and the story moves along at a relentless pace.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX

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Praise for End Times

“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.” --Kirkus

“…the story moves along at a relentless pace…” --School Library Journal

"Schumacher is a capable plotter and keeps the story moving quickly, pulling readers along. The ending comes just as the action is heating up, setting the stage for book two." --Booklist
 
"...an intriguing read...the allure of a hot romance, a smart pace that builds effectively, and epic scenes of good versus evil may be enough to keep readers engaged and ready for the next installment of this new series. " --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“End Times will take you on an electrifying journey as one downtrodden girl from Detroit fights for her family, their hometown of Carbon County, Wyoming and the good of the world.” –Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Lorien Legacies series
 
“I loved this book. Daphne Peyton arrives in a flourish of mysterious trumpets and Anna Schumacher’s gorgeous, rich prose never lets up. End Times is fearless and gripping, surprising and heartfelt. Schumacher takes us to the beginning of the end, and  leaves us wanting more.” –Danielle PaigeNew York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die

Explosive, electrifying, and charged with emotion. This skillfully woven story of the unhinged, mythical town of Carbon County, Wyoming, will take you to the edge and leave you dangling, desperate for the next installment. I swear my heart is still pounding.” —Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone

"A vivid and captivating read rife with religious fervor, family entanglements, profiteering and a dash of sparkle hula-hoops. Chronicling one girl's quest to find her place in the world, and set against the backdrop of a pious small town that's just struck oil, Anna Schumacher's Rapturous debut is sure to make every reader a believer."--Leah Konen, author of The After Girls
 
“Anna Schumacher's astonishing debut grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go as it drags you on a thrilling and unsettling ride headed straight for the Apocalypse. I just hope the End doesn't come before the sequel's out.” –Bennett Madison, author of The Blonde of the Joke and September Girls
 
"A gripping and compulsive read. A fresh new take on the apocalypse that marries sharp plotting with full-bodied characters. I loved this book!" –Micol Ostowauthor of Family

“End Times is a captivating read that will leave you questioning good versus evil—and craving the next book in the series.” —Shani Petroff, author of the Bedeviled series

More About the Author

Anna Schumacher received her MFA from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tim, and a pair of feuding cats named Gus and Alexis. END TIMES is her first novel, but there are many more to come.

Customer Reviews

Her writing is evoking and compelling, and her characters are thoroughly believable and relatable.
James C Bowers
The story just kinda meanders around, and then at the end there are attempts to tie everything together, but again, it just felt a bit... off.
A Book Obsession..
By the end when they started to all tie together, I was disappointed that I have to wait to read the next book!
Annie K. S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nonpareil TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 20, 2014
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It was all Daphne's fault. Her mother blamed her when she defended herself from her predatory stepfather and the evil dude died. No matter what she did she was wrong. Why then, are ethereal trumpets sounding when she arrives in the dusty, dried-up Wyoming town seeking refuge with her real father's family? Why do things start to go right here tho she's hiding her guilty secret, so far from Detroit? Not everything is perfect, for sure - her cousin's babydaddy is a scary bully - but at least her uncle's family cares for her and then... a miracle! The desperately poor town flourishes, she gets a good job and a most mysterious boyfriend.

Anna Schumacher deftly mixes small-town Wyoming culture and the lives and language of young adults whose main passion is Motocross, with oil-strike reality and something eerie coming from a lost hippie commune, something with the power to transform everything... with a Prophecy. But how to tell who's good and who's evil? Who are the Children of the Earth? How are Daphne's talented trick-biker boyfriend Owen and his "sister" Luna who have appeared - almost vaporized - onto the scene involved with whatever this force may be? Will Daphne and Owen survive the evil of blame that would like to sweep them under? Are these End Times?

Take the chapter in which we learn about a full-moon orgy years ago at the commune where Owen and Luna were conceived. It starts with the prophetic dreams both are having, goes on with Luna's explanation about what happened that night that still does not satisfy serious Owen's longing to know his origin, and includes a scene where Luna coolly acquires two twenties to pay for their oversized breakfast. The writing is hip and smooth and fun. It reads easily but is never trite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie K. S. on May 31, 2014
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I normally read mysteries or legal thrillers but this sounded intriguing. And it was - I found myself caught up in the strange little world of these characters. Each one had a unique personality and I loved how we got to see the different views of the same events. By the end when they started to all tie together, I was disappointed that I have to wait to read the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica H. on June 5, 2014
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I'm a fan of YA books, but don't read them often--I was glad this one was recommended to me. I zipped through it and couldn't put it down! I liked the accurate depictions of small town life, the struggles of teen pregnancy, and religious fervor. I was impressed that the evangelicals in the book were not caricatures, and that the prophecy-believing religious community wasn't written about in a mocking manner (an easy trap to fall into, I suspect.)

I enjoyed the slow build, as various strange things occur around town, and then they slowly all come together--and when I finished reading I wished I'd had book two in hand to start with right away! The sign of a good book, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James C Bowers on May 22, 2014
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Although I may not be a seventeen year old girl, I've read more than my fair share of dystopian YA fiction. Newcomer Anna Schumacher is poised to breathe new life into a genre that was fast becoming an endless stream of cliches and stock plots. Her writing is evoking and compelling, and her characters are thoroughly believable and relatable. End Times left me entirely drawn into the world of Carbon County and eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!
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Format: Hardcover
Book #107 Read in 2014
End Times by Anna Schumacher (YA)

This book was a good, quick read. Daphane moves from her mother's abusive household to her aunt and uncle's religious one in a town that is financially dying. Daphane is soon seen as making miracles when she finds oil on her uncle's property. The town is beginning a renewal of sort and her cousin's unborn child is deemed to be a prophet in the making. On the flip side, there seems to be a religious cult that is heading the town's way. The ending of this book screams for a sequel. While the religious parts got a bit much for me at times, overall it was a good read and kept my interest.

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By Tj on July 8, 2014
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Awesome book. Loved it. Finished it in one sitting. I hope there is another on the way. Loved the characters.
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The cover of End Times was so interesting I had to get my hands on the book. I had no real idea what it is about (I don’t always read synopsis) so I was going into it blind. Man, it was definitely not what I thought it would be.

Likes:
For Anna Schumacher’s first book, she did pretty well. I was fairly impressed by her prose and the book’s pacing. I am sure she will have great career since she started so well with End Times.
I think the book is a perfect metaphor for faith, prophecy and life. I am a Christian and do believe in the biblical end times, so it was interesting to see this twist on the story. To see how people in the town reacted and those who had faith. Although, I do believe that thoughts and attitudes were emphasized for the story.
The setting of a poor, little town in Wyoming was great. I loved the towns people and how quickly the clung to the slightest bit of hope.
The interesting “events” happening in the town were intriguing. I could just imagine what it would be like to see hundreds of teal and pink birds fly into Fargo! That would be crazy!

Gripes:
WTF – the whole time I was like What? Seriously? How is this going to end? The book was definitely a set up, but I still don’t know exactly what for yet. Some war, but why? Confused.
Daphne’s story is so rushed. You start with her in the hospital with her mother, who hates her for stabbing her step-father, and then all the sudden she is in Wyoming with her dad’s family. I wanted more about Daphne’s home life and her father, it was just so rushed.
Quite honestly, I am not sure if I was intrigued enough by the storyline to continue with the series. It was an ok read, but I am not dying to know what happens next.
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