- File Size: 993 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (April 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JFYNPPO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Last Light Falling: The Covenant, Book I Kindle Edition
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Set in a (sort of) post-apocalyptic setting in the United States of America, J.E. Plemons has crafted one of those rare treats, a novel that defies (and defines) an entire genre. Right from the start the author is able to sink their hooks into you and never let go for the entire wild ride. I found myself reading well into the twilight hours turning page after page, I couldn't put it down.
Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, are fascinating characters that feel like real people. Their struggles in this fictional world are breath-taking and haunting; I had to physically remind myself to breath sometimes. I could not help but get heavily invested in these characters and their strangely familiar, yet alien world.
The future depicted here is both simultaneously terrifying, yet beautiful in its own way. The author has obviously done their research on American history and is familiar with that old adage of "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it". The story also plays with fate, destiny, and heritage, asking us to think about who we really are, and where we choose to go. Is this set in stone? Can it be changed?
They say you can feel an author's passion in their works and I felt it here in spades. J.E. Plemons felt very strongly about this book and everything inside it. This level of emotion is sadly not common in modern novels, but there's no shortage of that here!
Every time I get a good novel I tell myself to read it slowly, to take my time before it’s all gone. Every time I ignore that advice. I simply could not put it down and I cannot wait until the next one. While the story doesn't end on a major cliff hanger, there is just so much more to explore in the lives of these characters.
Last Light Falling opens on the fifteenth birthday of twins, Arena and Gabe Powers, whose parents were killed in a tragic car crash six years previous. Although still trying to accept the passing of their parents, the story is told through the voice of Arena. We find out early that the twins first lived with their Mother’s sister until she had a nervous breakdown. After a year in the system, they were then taken in by a couple who had tragically lost their fifteen year old daughter – by way of being “collateral damage resulting from a gang dispute”. Since the twins were home schooled in their early childhood, it wasn't until they attended public school in second grade that they learned how poor they were and what it meant. Growing up, Arena’s Uncle Finnegan had taught Arena self-sufficiency, including the art of warfare and how to be invisible to the enemy. This is just the beginning of the unfolding of an incredible story that takes place in the year 2053. What I found so fascinating about this apocalyptic story is how real to life it just may be due to events such as a crashed US economy among other concerns of current day.
The details included in so many different events takes incredible research or a very expansive background on the author’s part. Due to the brilliant realistic events that unfold, this story has a tendency of staying in your mind long after you finish it, which is a good thing.
I highly recommend this book to all. I am blown away with the level of insight and intelligence to be able to write such a highly sophisticated unfolding of what very well could be, actual events.
This is definitely a Christian-themed book. It uses biblical (particularly New Testament) references throughout and is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs. It is definitely not, however, a book that preaches or tries to convert. Rather, it is an adventure/fantasy that also has the ability to be heart wrenching and touching…A rare thing in many fantasy novels. Arena and Gabe are lovable, multi-faceted characters who I immediately identified with and had great empathy for. I found the book incredibly engrossing not just for the plot twists and story about saving the world but because of my feeling of connection with the 2 main characters. I found it impossible not to root for them. The world of 2053 and the story line here are fascinating, but without the well-drawn characters of Arena and Gabe, they wouldn't be enough to make this book such an absorbing and captivating thriller.