Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Rumble Cover

Can an atheist be saved? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.

“There is no God, no benevolent ruler of the earth, no omnipotent grand poobah of countless universes. Because if there was…my little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.”

Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything.

Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I have not been satisfied by an Ellen Hopkins book in awhile.

As someone who has questioned my faith, and struggled myself with deciding what I believe in, I was completely intrigued by this synopsis. Although this storyline went mostly where I expected it to, I found the characters very transparent. I could tell most of the things that were going to happen long before they did, which also made this book very anticlimactic.

Ellen Hopkins does write in verse, but I was finding this one not nearly as “poetic” as some of her others.

So although my thoughts are very brief on this book, I have greatly enjoyed other books by Ellen Hopkins including the Impulse duology and the Crank series.

The picture of this book cover and the synopsis were both found on Goodreads. You can find the Goodreads page for this book here. And feel free to add me to see what I’m reading more frequently right here.


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