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Remnant [Kindle Edition]

Kate Genet
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Book Description

What would you do if you woke up one morning to find the world you took for granted was gone?



It’s a beautiful sunny day when Cass wakes up to find herself alone. It should be just a normal day – there’s a beach to enjoy with family and friends and the summer is at it’s height. Except today is not a normal day. Today there is no one around. In fact, the only living creatures Cass can see are birds. And a horse. Where is everyone?
As Cass struggles to find other survivors in this strange new world where nature is taking back the land, she discovers that being alone might not be the worst thing. It depends on who or what else is out there...

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: To those of you for whom this matters: this book contains non-graphic scenes of lesbian intimacy. It also contains similar, heterosexual scenes. Consider yourself informed.

I have several more books planned for this year, and hope that you will keep an eye out for them, or sign up for my new releases newsletter. I am currently writing another apocalyptic novel, titled Simulacra, and planning two sequels for Remnant, the first to take place before this book ends (you'll understand when you read it) and the second to carry on where Remnant leaves off. Visit my website at kategenet.com to keep up to date on these and other projects, and join my mailing list. But meanwhile, happy reading!


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About the Author

This is how it goes.

 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...

Product Details

  • File Size: 3402 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inamorata Press (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BRESFK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic Eden as Man Falls 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unusual Book... August 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Intriguing Story 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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Woman on Earth November 11, 2011
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Cass wakes up one morning and everybody else on earth is missing. She has no electrical power, but mechanical devices still work. There are songbirds, but no chickens, a mare, but no stallion, there appears to be no pattern to the disappearances. She travels toward home with the mare, occasionally encountering some frightening and ambiguous power, connected to an extinct moa, which watches her, stalks her, and frightens her. As she moves through the landscape, changes continue, buildings and pavement disappear and fully grown trees appear overnight. Grass grows several feet tall in a single night.

It eventually becomes clear that only native New Zealand animals have survived, but with odd and unusual exceptions. In the zoo, kiwis and native lizards are all that are left.

The mare, named Ezzy, is Cass' companion and confidant. Halfway through the book, Cass encounters another human being, the Maori woman Pania. The comfort of another breathing human overcomes Cass' heterosexuality, and the two fall in love with each other.

As a previous reviewer pointed out, it is when Cass and Pania finally get together that the story becomes suddenly gripping and irresistable.

Between volcanos, earthquakes and some dark ambiguous power stalking them, Cass and Pania survive and grow closer.

Then one day Cass discovers that Ezzy is pregnant. Then she and Pania find a dog who is giving birth to puppies. Then Cass realizes that the cramps and sickness she had during her first post-apocalyptic period were actually a miscarriage. When she presents her findings to Pania, Pania reveals that she was in the middle of being raped when the "change" happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Different- Pleasantly Surprised
A very, very different take on a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world. Very beautiful to read and imagine. I kept wondering what was going to happen next and how it was going to end. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Organic Concept
I can't say I loved the book but it's far from being an arduous read. It's genuinely organic in every sense of the literary term. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Hollywoodeva
4.0 out of 5 stars A real mystery
Kate built a story with growing tension, authentic characters, and a real mystery. Although I felt the ending was somewhat rushed, I did really enjoy this book.
Published 1 month ago by Deanne Kearns
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid story!
Thank you for this book. So many are just depressing in this genre so I have generally avoided them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn James
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique take...
This is a REALLY good book, and probably the most unique apocalyptic story I've ever read. It's really intimate, the way it's written, and though there are graphic moments, they... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jodi BE
4.0 out of 5 stars Remnant
Good read! The characters were interesting. I loved the horse. The ending was a surprise. Was worth the read. Interesting!
Published 2 months ago by Rosie k Durey
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and riveting story
I read a lot of apocalyptic fiction and rarely do the stories have women as the main characters. I greatly appreciated that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Grassi
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This story was great, I could not get enough of it and highly recommend it. I actually wish this book would be adapted into a movie version, I would love to see that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jay V.
2.0 out of 5 stars remnants of a good book
Seems as though it is written by a man, was disappointed when i found a woman wrote this inaccurate portrayal of a "womans" experience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars IN
this was a good read TILL the LESBIAN SITUATION PORNOGRAPHIC. I will never buy this author again
she should have e given a heads up before 're I bough t the book
Published 8 months ago by Alma Honeycutt
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