Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen

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What are chapters 1-5 about in Armageddon Summer?

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Chapters 1-5 introduce us to the main characters of the story, Jed and Marina. The two tell their story in alternating chapters.

In these chapters, we get background information about Jed, Marina, their families, and the Beelsonite Believers, a millennialist sect.

Marina lives with her parents, Myrna and Harmon, and her five siblings. In Marina's family, it is Myrna who becomes obsessed with Reverend Beelson's Church of the Believers. In these chapters, we also learn that the Beelsonite Believers harbor strange beliefs about the end of the world.

In particular, they believe that only 144 people will be saved after Armageddon occurs (on July 27th, 2000), as opposed to the original 144,000 stipulated in the Bible. Additionally, the sect members also believe that they must wait out Armageddon at the top of Mount Weeupcut. Marina is...

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