The Last Pilgrims Kindle Edition
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Too many post-apocalyptic stories either end up being mindless repetition of the same no-longer frightening scenarios or heavy handed polemics for the author's particular worldview. Not so here. Both the mostly pacifist Vallenses (think Texas Amish) and their protectors, the Ghost Militia, are shown to be complex and true to their various convictions.
One of my favorite characters is the Ghost Militia Renaissance man/ deadly warrior, known as Piggy.
"Piggy was a renaissance man, an artist and a poet, and probably the deadliest man Rollo had ever even heard of. He was a military Michaelangelo who could kill his enemies while painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling and not even sense any disconnect between the relative moral values of the two acts."
High recommended, The plot is easy to follow, the characters rich, and the story telling far above average. I only give this 4 stars because more and more I reserve 5 stars for what I know an author like Michael Bunker will write next.
If you liked Hunger Games, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I eagerly await the sequel this fantastic book. Perhaps Michael Bunker should be writing a screen play as well. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
This is an easy-to-read book. Yes, it's a quick moving story that compels you to read-just-enough-to-know-what-happens-next (fair warning - that won't let up until the last page), but it's also not too demanding on your brain. If you try the author's title Modern Religious Idols, you'll find a *great* deal more thinking is required.
That said, Mr. Bunker very nicely weaves in his beliefs and perspectives about religion, current society, and the future towards which we hurl ourselves.
Other reviews compare The Last Pilgrims with The Hunger Games. Having just recently finished that trilogy at the urging of a friend, I think it's a fair comparison. I can't promise if you like one you'll like the other, but the two tomes have a great deal in common. Honestly, I prefer The Last Pilgrims. It offers a picture of people more like me (I don't think I had much in common with Katniss even when I was a teen) and a future not so much full of promises of happy endings, but rather full of promises of growth borne of values, faith and endurance.
One final note: If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will like this - even if you are *not* a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction.
It is the story of Jonathan Wall, Pastor to the plain, pacifist people called the Vallenses; Phillip, the friend of his youth, now leader of the Ghost Militia, pledged to protect a people who will not take up arms themselves; Jonathan's son David, torn between loyalty between his father's peaceful ways and his desire to join the militia; Gareth, Crown Prince of Aztlan, son of a tyrant sworn to exterminate the Vallenses, who risks everything to defend the plain people; and many other fascinating characters who live twenty years after our civilization has collapsed.
This is also a novel of ideas, thought-provoking without being preachy. You may reconsider some of the values and priorities of modern culture after reading this book. You will also be fascinated by the details of life in this off-grid future. (As a member of a church that practices exclusive Psalmody, I enjoyed the Psalm-singing before a council meeting.) There are many how-to hints in the novel, not surprising since Mr. Bunker, as a Christian Agrarian lives the life that he writes about.
This fast-paced story of a simple people struggling against enemies without and betrayal within their own ranks is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. I am already eagerly awaiting Cold Harbor, the next book in the Last Pilgrims saga, due in October 2012.
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