November 26, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The Remnant by Monte Wolverton

The Remnant
by Monte Wolverton
Publisher: CWRpress
ISBN: 978-1889973197

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Book Description:

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.

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. 

Billy's Thoughts: There are way too many Biblical apocalypse books on the market today, and for some reasons or another I;m not really into reading any of these titles. However, this hasn't always been the case with me. During the early 2000's, I was a big of the Left Behind book series by Jerry Jenkins and the late Tim LaHaye. After reading all the books in the series, I just wasn't interested in reading anymore Biblical apocalypse novels.

Fast forward to 2016, and my opinion on the subject has somewhat changed, as I had recently read "The Remnant" by author Monte Wolverton.

Yes, the novel has a Biblical apocalypse theme, but with a touch of Dystopian tossed about. 

What does Dystopian mean?

Well, it refers to a society that has dehumanized the community; similar to societies in "The Hunger Games" trilogy and the "Divergent" trilogy. 

In the world of "The Remnant," the apocalypse has already came and went, and Jesus never returned as promised in the Book of Revelation. 90% of the world's population has been destroyed thanks to natural disasters pandemics, and a cataclysmic war. By the time 2131 arrives, a totalitarian government has taken over what is left of the world.  Religion has been blamed for the start of the war, so all religious books have been banned from the world. Those who do not renounce their faith are sent to work camps (or more like prison camps). 

I don't want to go into too much details about the plot or give out too many "spoilers," so I'm going to jump into"my final thoughts" about the title.

"The Remnant" is a fast-paced, character-driven novel that I read in one sitting with one cup of coffee (or was it two?). All the characters have been nicely written, though my favorites were Grant and Bryan. The descriptions of the Dystopian world are very good, and the dialogue is snappy for the most part.

Overall, I enjoyed reading "The Remnant." It would make a great gift this holiday season for book lovers.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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