I'm still digesting this book, but I'm waffling between giving it three or four stars. In some ways, the Rapture-like event is merely a plot device to explore how any major, catastrophic event transforms the lives of those effected. The book is a quick read, and the characters are well-drawn and poignant, but I also feel that Perrotta missed some opportunities, with the plot device, he chose to explore the issues of faith, belief, and extremism. On the other hand, The Leftovers
is a very human story about a group of citizens in a smallish New Jersey town, coping with the curve-ball that life has thrown at them.