Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: The Remnant by Monte Wolverton

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.

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My Review:

The Remnant by Monte Wolverton was an interesting examination of Christianity, cults, and the human mind. Unlike most dystopian books, this one actually realistically deals with what would happen to religion should such a world arise, which was also a really good allegory of how it is now. I also really liked the explanation of how the ‘apocalypse’ happened- very well thought out, as well as the entire geographic setting. The story had a lot of variety, and I liked watching the little band of Christ-followers as they grew in faith and numbers, as well as wondering where the twists would take them. Unfortunately, sometimes it seemed like the story was being told rather than shown. Overall though, this was a very thought-provoking read and a fascinating idea.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for free.  I was not required to give a positive review.  The views expressed are my own.

Reviewed by Jes

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.

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