The most recent book I have finished to review is The Remnant by Monte Wolverton. This is a pretty unique book as far as dystopic/apocalypse books are concerned.
In this particular book, the characters find themselves in a camp of sorts. It is post “the world as we know it” and while Christians are permitted to hold on to their own beliefs, they are segregated from the rest of the people in the world. These camps exist to allow the Christians freedoms, but they cannot leave the camps so their freedoms are really non existent.
The characters in this book are clever and range in their theological knowledge and where they are in their current beliefs. The group of main characters manages to break free of the camp and they make their way to find a group of what they hope are Christians. The interesting part is that this core group has only 1 page from the main character, Grant’s, grandmother’s Bible. So while they know what that one page says, and a few of them have a slight memory of faith before the world changed, this group knows little about what Christianity is.
I thought this book was interesting and really delved into a variety of different beliefs that call themselves “Christian” but are not scripturally accurate. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with the other people they encountered along the way.
NOTE : I was offered a copy of The Remnant at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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 Remnantis a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.