"When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw." —Nelson Mandela
"The Remnant is both inspiring and satirical—it's a physical and spiritual expedition through a dystopian world. In a totalitarian, post-apocalyptic future where religion is forbidden, a band of concentration-camp escapees treks through a lawless wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face-to-face with an unthinkable dilemma. Avoiding been-there, done-that predictable conclusions, The Remnant offers hope against the backdrop of a real, perplexing, and challenging world of spiritual and physical dysfunction." ~ Litfuse
From the back cover:
"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 poplulation. 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 for 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."
Dystopian is not my usual genre of reading. The Remnant sounded different from other Dystopian novels—and it is. It's based on a question of what might happen if Jesus didn't come back with the Apocalypse as some expect. Actually, it was the promise from the publicist to "get ready to stay up late with this one." That was just a bit too irresistible for me. I told her I would review it if I could have one of the very last due dates—November 29. I finished reading it just a few days after I received it—October 16th! Although I didn't stay up too late reading it, once I read the first page, I didn't want to quit. If you click through and read the preview, you're probably going to want to read it, too.
Grant, his wife Dana, their two teen children, Bryan, a tech genius (who reminds me of Riley from National Treasure), and a few talented friends band together to escape from a work camp for people who will not renounce their religion. This story follows them as they make their way through the wilderness and its numerous dangers. The plot moves along at a fairly steady pace. The characters are very well developed and seem to do what you would expect them to do in each situation they face. I will say that there are some surprises along the way. One of them had me crying out with astonishment. Some things are just unimaginable—but then again they must be since Mr. Wolverton imagined them! Oh, I wish I could tell, but it would be a spoiler!
The band of friends becomes a team as they work through dangerous situations and confusing conundrums. The unthinkable dilemma spoken of in the teaser is exactly that. I do not know how the team can make the decision. Will there be a sequel? I do hope so!
Interview with the Author
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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