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Rapture (Fallen) Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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Amazon Exclusive: Q&A with Lauren Kate
Q. Rapture is the fourth and final book in the best-selling Fallen series—how does it feel to have finished writing this story?
A. I wept while writing this book—a first for me. At this point, I just feel joy at getting to share the story. I’m ready to release Luce and Daniel into the universe. The three of us do each other proud in this book: Luce transforms into an inspiring force of nature and Daniel proves himself worthy of her love. These two outcomes were not inevitable at the start of the series. I have given them an ending I think is worthy of their journey--it was the only possible ending for them. I hope it makes readers say, “Yes, that’s right.”
This sense of closure does not extend to the other characters in the series. I’m working on a new book now, set in a completely different world, with an unrelated cast of characters. The other day I was writing a scene, and I kept having to stop myself from thinking: You know who’d know just what to say here? Roland!
Q. In Rapture we finally find out how Daniel and Lucinda meet—I won’t spoil it, but I will say it was an amazing revelation. (I did not see it coming, and I totally cried.) When you started writing Fallen, did you already know how Daniel and Luce first met? Or was it something that came to you while you were writing?
A. It was Luce who determined that this first meeting become so revelatory, not me. I didn’t realize how much it mattered until she kept bringing it up. (Having parted ways with the cast of Fallen, I see how the characters’ autonomies resided at the limits of my subconscious. When it seemed as if a character knew more about a situation than I did, I learned to follow his or her instinct to the edge of the universe.) In Passion, the at-first-sight moment’s elusiveness was like a delicious cupcake floating in front of a winged horse: If only Luce could work hard enough, go back far enough in time, she was bound to find it. And it was bound to tell her everything, right? This is a girl, remember, who’s had hundreds of lives, hundreds of origins, but she was looking for the most primal one, the source.
I didn’t know the details of Luce and Daniel’s first meeting until I wrote them. I knew there would be a moment when she would think she’d arrived at the start of all her love, which would feel strangely hollow and lacking. When Luce finally arrives at the source—like most elusive, long-sought goals—it’s not what she was expecting. By then her perspective has shifted so radically that a thousand other things matter more than the first moment she laid eyes on Daniel. But she still needed to get there, to realize how much she’d grown. It’s good to have ambitious goals in life, if only to be usefully disillusioned when you realize them.
Q. Luce and Daniel have a love that transcends time, but throughout the series, Luce is still very much a normal modern girl, with normal insecurities and problems. How do you hope Luce’s metamorphosis in Rapture might resonate with young women today?
A. Evolution of character is happening to all of us all the time. Whether we welcome or reject it determines the nature of our evolution, but nothing stops us from changing. All change is not progress—Luce makes missteps throughout the series—but there is one way that she is consistently admirable: She’s open to change. Her metamorphosis at the end of Rapture did not surprise me. I don’t mean I knew what was going to happen--I didn’t. I mean she began in a place where she decided to open herself to the world, so it was only a matter of time before that openness would bring her to a place that was previously unimaginable to all of us.
Young women today: Sometimes evolution sucks because it so inevitable. Surround yourself with those who support your changes, who like to watch you grow, who want to help you become the person you’re always on your way to being. And don’t be afraid to own your failures.
Q. Let’s talk about Lucifer—perhaps the most infamous of all angels in the Bible, and a major player in Passion and Rapture. In this series you’ve played with the blurry boundaries between good and evil, and in Lucifer we see this idea personified. How did you go about characterizing Lucifer, and how did you approach thorny questions like his motivation for what he did? Did you base his character and actions off sources you’ve previously mentioned, like Paradise Lost, or was his character entirely your own invention?
A. I write love stories. More specifically, I write love stories that slip love into the inception of a familiar myth or story. My first novel, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, takes Macbeth and introduces thwarted lust into the backstory, so that unrequited love predates the fierce ambition of Shakespeare’s narrative. In the Fallen series, we get to know Lucifer very well. The Lucifer we meet in Paradise Lost is motivated by pride. But from where does such extreme pride spring? Rapture proposes an answer.
When love is impossible it creates a dangerous and violent world. We see this in characters from Jay Gatsby to Humbert Humbert to Quentin Compson to Romeo Montague. Characters are worlds. They have their own atmospheres.
Q. What are you working on now? Will you revisit the angels from the Fallen series?
A. I’m working on a new series that slips love into the origins of a beloved myth. It’s challenging and invigorating to make a fresh start, like moving to another country and making all new friends. I hope they let me stay awhile.
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The sky is falling-literally-in Lauren Kate's final novel (Delacorte, 2012) in the "Fallen" series. Timequakes, disguised as earthquakes, mark Lucifer's steady decent through the heavens, thereby collapsing the eternities and erasing the past. Luce, Daniel, an eclectic group of fallen angels, seedy Outcasts, and a whimsical transeternal have nine days to stop him by acquiring three relics scattered across the globe and assembling them at the location of the original Fall. During the course of their journey, Luce begins to recall her past, which provides key information to unlocking the mystery, including an amazing revelation-Lucifer, not Daniel, was her first true love. However, before Lucifer can reset the universe, the Throne brings everything to an abrupt halt. Ultimately, Luce and Daniel choose love, but the price is loss of immortality. The fabulous Justine Eyre provides spot-on narration-from the evil, guttural voice of Lucifer to the silky sighs of the lovers. A bonus interview between Eye and Kate concludes the audiobook. This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending. A must-have for all libraries.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Luce and Daniel and the rest of the angels have nine days to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, to do so Luce and Daniel must find where the angels fell but none of the angels seem to have memory of it so they go seeking for 3 relics that when brought together will tell them were the angels fell. During the quest Daniel gets the Outcasts to join them. The Scale are after them and want to make sure that they don't get the 3 relics. They had split into groups, Daniel and Luce successfully finding the 1st relic. But the Outcasts inform Luce and Daniel that there friends are in danger that Arriane, Roland, and Annabelle had been caught by the Scale. Luce and Daniel go to save them along with the Outcast, once they do they go find the 2nd relic and find out that it's a women nicknamed Dee who is Sophia's sister but she was also one of Luce's past aunts. Daniel then says that the Outcasts had informed him that the other angels are in trouble and were captured by the Elders. They go rescue Gabbe, Molly, and Cam who had been set out to find the 3rd relic. The Elders are armed with starshots and attack Luce and Daniel with them but before they could get to them Gabbe and Molly stepped between them saving their lives but Gabbe and Molly die. They end up killing the Elders, Phil tells Daniel that there are only 4 Outcasts left. They them move on to another location in which Dee tells them what must be done to the 3 relics to find out the falls location. Dee tells Luce that she will have to sacrifice Dee in order to see the location, Luce does not want to do it but ends up doing. In Dee's last moments she tells Luce that she gives her the gift of knowledge. They finally find out where the fall takes place which is in Troy, the angels head there. After that Luce starts seeing things and begins to think that she is going crazy but then realizes that they are memories of her past and finally Luce figures out that she was an angel the 3rd close to the Throne and also that her first love was not Daniel but that it was Lucifer but then she realized that he was to controlling and falls for Daniel. Lucifer rebels against God and Luce remembers what had happened at the Roll Call, when Daniel is called he says that he choses neither but choses love, Luce comes up next to Daniel and she agrees with Daniel. Lucifer felt betrayed and then cursed them both. But then Luce also see's another Daniel come up and beg for mercy in which it is granted, then they fall. Luce finally remember everything. Then an announcer has opened in which holds the fallen angels and Lucifer, Daniel tells Luce that she will have to stop him. Luce then comes face to face with Lucifer who tells her that he did this so that her can try to get her back so that they could be together and rule together Luce tells him that she no longer loves him anymore but as they are arguing the Thorne appears and along with with the angels and tells Luce that she has already finished her punishment and it shall be lifted and is asked which side does she chose heaven or hell Luce again says that she choses love and Daniel also stands by her. (Luce also asks the Throne if the Outcasts could go back to heaven, Throne says yes) The Throne offers them that they could be together however they would be reborn as mortals and have no memory as what had happened and who they were and that the angels are banned from seeing them. They both accept.
17 years later Luce and Daniel meet at a college that they are both attending where they don't have any memory who they were but Daniel senses something familiar about her and Daniel and Luce fall in love with each other for the first and last time:).( but Lucifer meet with her again for just a few minutes, who she of course didn't recognize.) In the epilogue Annabelle, Arraine, Roland, (Shelby and Miles are married and also expecting a child)Shelby and Miles are watching over Luce and Daniel. And no one seems to know what happened to Cam.:( Annabelle asks Shelby and Miles if they want a heads up on when Daniel and Luce will have their first date? Miles says aren't they suppose to leave them alone but Shelby quickly disagrees and says yes she would.
I confess that I thought before that all the 4 books were a little to much for the story and I wanted to finish it soon. But the last book concludes the story as a perfect puzzle and everything magically makes sense.
The conclusion is beyond beautiful. It is dramatic, touches your heart and although I have cried, it wasn't tears of sadness but I felt like beauty was flooding from my core.
I have no words to describe it. You just have to read it and feel it.
So as a big fan of this series i was so excited about this book, and i liked it but...
Lucifer left me heartbroken, i felt sorry for him, gosh i really did, but there's only Daniel for Luce!!
The ending?? Humans? Really??
So sad that Daniel lost his wings, his gorgeous outworldly wings!!!
It calms my heart that he lost them for love!
And what's up with that ending without a kiss?? I mean, ok she never wrote any sex scenes, fine, whatever, but an ending without a kiss, killed my favourite angel story and i so love this story!! Don't get me wrong, i just wanted a little bit of love in the end.
You may ask, "Where did the fifth star go?" And the answer is - one single word: "pivoted". It's so much overused throughout the novel that by the tenth time it really gets in the way of perception. Overall, this book is a nice weekend read.