We're running out of time, if the world's going to end in 2012, as a few people are insisting. In this book, meet two ordinary teenagers like you, who both have parents who share a belief that the world's going to end, and drag them off to a remote mountain to greet the end of the world with their cult. I won't tell you if the world ends or not, but either way, you'll be in suspense about how Armageddon Summer ends!
In alternating chapters, Bruce Coville and Jane Yolen take turns telling the boy and girl characters' stories. Although this book does have a romantic aspect, since Marina and Jed end up bonding (c'mon, it's not like there are a lot of dating prospects in a small cult), there's also a lot of stuff about families and how their bonds can sometimes turn toxic. I've always been morbidly curious about cults, and Armageddon Summer is perfect for anyone who shares that curiosity.