Armageddon Summer. Andres Morales Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville July 26, 1999. Introduction to the story .
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The story starts off with 2 main characters, Jed and Marina. Marina and Jed are both in different places but have one major similarity. Both have a parent that is part of Reverend Raymond Beelson’s Church of the Believers. One day at the Church Reverend Beelson told his church that Armageddon was approaching. Everyone in the church must leave to Mount Weeuptcut to survive God’s firey wrath and enter the New World..
Jed is the boy protagonist. The reader sees the story through his point of view and experiences his feelings and thoughts. He sees some things differently from Marina and has a different back story. His father became a drunkard after Jed's mom left him. His father then joined the church and once he found out that Armageddon was upon them he decided he needed to go to mount Weeputcut. Jed being his son decided that his father had lost his mind and decided to go with him to the top of the mountain. How bad could it be to go camping with his father? Well it wasn't only his father that Jed saw as wacko, it was also everyone else on the mountain. He had to get through 2 weeks with living with the Believers. Was he alone on the mountain? The only doubter on the mountain was him. He is also described as having a rattailed hair style.
The belief in a religion is the reason why there is a Problem in the first place.
The belief in the religion drives these people up hill.
it also causes problems for Marina and Jed. It affects Jed in that he does not truly believe in the religion however he sometimes doubts his doubt through out the story. He asks himself what if what Reverend Beelson tells him is true. It causes him insecurity.
The same happens with Marina only she goes into the story as a Believer and when she meets Jed she begins to doubt.
The doubt of the religion causes many people that are not on the mountain do doubt their doubt and drives them up the mountain the day before Armageddon. This causes a physical problem due to the fact these late comers try to break through the fences set up by Believers to keep Unbelievers out.
In my opinion this was a great book. I was very skeptical at the beginning as to whether or not I would enjoy the book but as the story progressed I got very hooked. If I was to rate the book on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give it a 10. This book is for anyone who is looking for a good story about to young people trying to decide what they believe. Some parts are even some what romantic between Jed and Marina. In the end my overall review on this book is that it is one of the best books I’ve ever read