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.
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.
The Remnant is Monte Wolverton's latest book and it is great! This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading and I am glad I did. I don't usually read dystopian books but this one seemed different and it was. This book is set in 2131 under a totalitarian government that has blamed religion for the war. Monte Wolverton poses the idea of what the world could be if Jesus didn't return and there was no faith guiding most in this situation. I found all of the characters in this book very interesting, good or bad. They are well written. I found myself drawn Grant the most of all the characters. He is a strong man who takes a risk because of one page from his Grandparents Bible, handed down. This is a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Grant finds his strength to lead family and friends from the work camp to find a band of Christians. His faith, that withstood the persecution of the Government, is such an admirable thing. I found it to be inspiring. From the start, this book grabbed a hold of me and kept a hold until the end. I truly enjoyed Monte Wolverton's style of writing, I found myself feeling like I was right there with Grant and his group on their journey to find other Christians. I found his flashbacks seamless in transitions and loved how things in the book jumped out at me. This book definitely has highs and lows, I found myself laughing in some parts and sad in others. I am so glad I decided to read this, outside my typical genre. I cannot wait to read more from Monte Wolverton. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will enjoy it. I give this book 4 STARS.