Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Remnant - Book Review

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About the book:

The Remnant (Plain Truth Ministries, August 2016)

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn't show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth's population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible---a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant's grandparents.

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn't return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

About the author:

 Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.

My Review:

The concept of dystopianism intrigues me.  I ponder whether our future will be worse than it already is.  And I can't imagine what I'd do if I wasn't given the right to freely practice my religion.

In The Remnant, readers are taken to the year 2131 where all religion is banned.  No one of any religion can practice their beliefs.  The government, in order to keep control, uses their own form of propaganda to rewire people's minds to believe that the world is a better place with no religion.  The people who go along with this are kept in Safe Zones.  If anyone is shown to be practicing religion, they are sent off to work camps.

Depending on how you look at it, life in the camps isn't so bad.  Everyone is given three squares a day and they are allowed to live the same ways the people in the Safe Zones do.  They can even practice their religion.  But the people in the camps are forced to work long, hard hours.  They are also made to believe that the outside world is full of rebels and agitators.  Anyone who leaves the work camps and heads out in to the "Wilderness" are hunted down by drones and zapped to death.

Grant, a guy who lives in the work camp, decides to take his family and a couple others on a journey to escape.  They want to find a place in the Wilderness where they can find other people who practice genuine Christianity.  It's during their travels that they encounter danger and peril.  They lean on each other and a remnant from the Bible to carry on.

The characters in this book were engaging and I felt like they had the same emotions and hardships that I might have if I were put in their situation.  The plot was interesting and I was engaged in the story.  The ending left me a little disappointed.  It was a cliffhanger that didn't really wrap the story up.


CindyWindy2003 said...

Too bad the ending didn't meet up with the rest of your approval with the book. I don't need a book to end all tied up but generally you want some kind of resolution.

Brandi Dawn said...

I have heard this about the ending from other people before...I have also heard that some people couldn't get through it because of their own beliefs. I have yet to read it, but it is on my list. Thank you for the review!