The Departed the tells the story of Gwen and her high school crush, Isaiah, as they try to uncover the mystery behind Gwen’s missing friend Lana. Lana, along with thousands of other people world-wide, has vanished in what some believe is a doomsday plot, while others believe that the rapture has come to fruition.
Cooper’s novel is a unique departure from the typical YA science fiction/dystopian genres, addressing interesting and thought provoking themes like world-wide conspiracy, the power of cults, and religion. The premise is wholly original and will sweep readers away into a dark tale that will certainly strike a chord considering the political upheaval in the world today.
In addition to a captivating plot, Cooper’s writing style flows beautifully, making for a smooth, enjoyable read. Combine that with well-crafted suspense, and authentic characters, you have all the hallmarks of an entertaining and fascinating read.
The Departed is an excellent read and is not to be missed by fans of the YA genre, or anyone looking for an edge of your seat tale.