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 I was twelve years old when I wrote what would be my first published works. They were short stories, one a rambling sort of piece about the rain, and another a horror story. My teacher thought they were both so good, she convinced me to read them out loud at assembly.
 
 Well, I don't know if she so much convinced me, as told me I should - which in teacher-speak pretty much means I had to. Thus, I dragged myself up onto the high stage and looked out at a sea of expectant faces, cleared my throat and read.
 
 It was about when I got up to the exorcism scene that I realised my audience was gaping up at me. Someone in the back snickered. My face burned - but my teacher was right, it was a pretty good story, and even if this esteemed group of my peers couldn't appreciate it, I was up there now, I'd read through to the end. That might be the only dignity I could have.
 
 " Let your mighty hand cast him out of your servant, so he may no longer hold captive this person whom it pleased you to make in your image, and to redeem through your Son; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever."
 
 It was the early 80's and I'd caught the horror story bug. I'd just watched The Exorcist - alone in the house and late at night (what was my mother thinking?) and though it had left me feeling slightly sick, there was an excitement in the pit of my stomach that's never quite gone away.
 
 I've never written another exorcism scene, but I don't rule out the possibility. The shocked faces in the audience that day never put me off either, nor since, the people who have complained about my stories being creepy and violent. To me, there's nothing better than a scary story, no matter what flavour it comes in. Horror stories aren't the only things I write, but they are my first, true love.
 
 So pull up a pew, make the sign of the cross if it makes you feel better, and let me tell you a story...

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Roberts on August 28, 2011
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'Remnant' by Kate Genet is set in New Zealand at the time of a cataclysmic event that heralds the fall of mankind. I've enjoyed books of this type before: 'Earth Abides', 'I Am Legend', 'The Stand', and more recently, Cormac McCarthy's beautiful and depressing, 'The Road.' The genre's been around as long as humanity has been telling stories; a retribution for man's hubris exacted through a supernatural upheaval. Earth will abide with or without mankind, and in Kate Genet's 'Remnant', 'man' has literally disappeared overnight. For all the reader knows, the only living human on the planet is the protagonist, Cass, and she's bewildered and terrified at the transformation earth undergoes as the natural world reasserts itself. 'Remnant' is in many ways the spiritual opposite of McCormac's bleak vision; Genet's world is not dead but in the throes of a fantastical rebirth, and like all birth, it is violent, painful and its outcome is uncertain.

Writing in the first person is difficult, and an even greater challenge when there's only a single person guiding the story, but Ms. Genet writes in such a fluid style that I forgot I was reading a monologue for much of the novel. I quickly found myself engrossed in the story as Cass faces a situation beyond comprehension and yet one she must make sense of to survive. To say more would spoil the journey but readers of 'Remnant' will enjoy a mysterious tale of discovery to find out what happened, and more importantly, what WILL happen. A skillful novel and a very good read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gabriella West on August 13, 2011
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Remnant is not the type of book I usually read--I'm not much for the paranormal, though I remember reading "The Shining" with rapt attention when I was a kid. Remnant is a powerful novel, though, and Kate Genet is an unusual new talent.

The book starts with Cass, a young New Zealander on summer vacation from university, visiting her Maori boyfriend's family. She has a sensual, warm relationship with her lover--this part of the book is fun to read. Then the mood abruptly shifts and Cass finds herself completely alone one morning as she wakes up from sleeping outside under the stars. She tries to convince herself that her lover's family have had an emergency but soon realizes that no human being is around anywhere. As she says, "I was suddenly convinced I was the only person left in the world."

Cass finds a horse (an engaging presence in the book) and ventures back towards the city. In chapter after chapter, she realizes that the familiar world of civilization around her is disappearing. The early chapters gave me goosebumps, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the exotic New Zealand "bush," although the fear and emotional isolation Cass endures for most of this novel is gruelling and traumatic.

I was never sure what was going to happen next, but when Cass finally meets another person, a young woman, and they then quickly develop a deep friendship and chemistry, Remnant became gripping for me, and I raced through the final chapters. There is one more ordeal that the two women must go through, and although it's built up throughout the book, it is still eerie and unexpected.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Bailey on August 18, 2012
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I actually picked up this ebook because I read Baxter Clare's review of it on Goodreads sounded intriguing. [...]

The story is creepy in a twilight zone kind of way. I kept waiting for Cass to either completely lose her mind or wake up and tell us it was all just some weird twisted dream.

I had a little trouble with a few terms that were used in the story, for example I had no clue that Cass was popping acetaminophen when she was talking about needing to take some paracetamol. Thankfully my Kindle has a built in dictionary because it helped to understand what the heck the character was going on about.

While I was reading this story I spent a lot of time mumbling to myself saying "This is so strange" but in an interesting strange way. I've not read anything like this in a very long time, but I'll keep my eye out for other titles by Kate Genet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bl038 on September 25, 2013
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As I was reading this book I was thinking quite highly of it and if I had written a review before I finished it I would have given it a 4 or a 5. I read from the author that this was a rewrite of her first book. I can understand that now. It was a truly lovely attempt at story telling.

The characters were rich, the narrative strong. I got a very clear picture of what it was like to be in New Zealand.

The plot was scary and had all the right elements that I've come to expect of post apocalyptic fiction, until I got to the last 2 chapters and I realized that the author just crapped out on me. The plot left so many unanswered questions that I was dissatisfied. Also, to jump ahead in time to show some plot result, didn't really work. The ending reminded me of the writing of gifted 16 year olds writing short stories for the first time. It was almost like it was an add on by someone else trying to finish what had the workings of an excellent book. It was a lovely book with a rushed poorly executed ending.
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