Faith-based texts can definitely be a tricky landscape, especially in the context of young adult novels. There’s always the chance the non-believer will seem like they’re better than people with faith or the believer will appear to have no personality outside of the focus of religion.
Those problems cease to exist when you have a writer like Ellen Hopkins at the helm. She tackles the question of whether an atheist can be saved in her latest book, Rumble.
After his brother, Luke, commits suicide, Matthew loses faith in everything—his family, friends and, especially God. He’s angry at everyone for the loss of his brother, including his parents—who didn’t accept Luke’s homosexuality—and the friends who he thinks abandoned him. It’s that anger that turns his life upside down and takes him down an emotionally dark path, in which he seems, and feels, doomed to wander for the rest of his days.
This book poses some big questions about life, happiness and the pursuit of belief with such maturity that it’s hard not to ask some of the questions of yourself. It also doesn’t ignore the mental ramifications of losing someone close to you at a young age.
In the end, Matthew must choose whether to embrace the darkness or try to find a path toward the light.
The release of Rumble comes 10 years after Hopkins’ first best-selling title, Crank. Hopkins has published 11 books in the past decade, all of which we’re giving away. That’s right—we’ve got the complete Ellen Hopkins backlist available for one winner. This giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. (Sorry international, Feather Girls!)
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