Book Summary(via Goodreads):
The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared.
School is Jory's only escape from Caleb's tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family's farm. As Jory's friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory's mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations.
They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather's plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Disney Book Group for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This Insomniac's Opinion:
This started out in a terribly mysterious and fascinating way, compelling me to read the first third of the novel in one sitting. Unfortunately, it went a bit downhill from there. The characters are all lovely and quirky, but not quite completely fleshed out and the novel lost it mystery when the cracks began to show and the believability of the novel became completely lost.
Still, it was highly readable and would likely be a good fit for a younger(ahem-less seasoned) reader.
Worth staying up all night?
It is very compelling and is likely to keep many readers up long past their bedtimes.
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