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Remnants: Season of Wonder (A Remnants Novel) Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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Gr 7–10—This fantasy is set in a distant and barely recognizable future, in which faith is a dangerous thing to have. A prophecy foretold the coming of the Ailith, or the Remnants—believers with special abilities sent to help the faithful fight against the demonic forces that plague humanity. The story begins as protagonist Andriana, one of gifted teens born on the seventh day of the seventh month, begins her first assignment as a Remnant. Complete with adventure, danger, swordplay, and even a little romance, this action-packed series opener told from a first-person point of view will engage young fantasy and dystopian fans. While the characters and world-building could have used a little more development and expansion, readers will be caught up in the suspense, especially as the truly scary villains chase after the superpowered Remants on their journey. A solid purchase for libraries where fantasy is popular.—Sarah Jones, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, MI
Remnants: Season of Wonder opens years after the world has been ravaged by war and disease. Modern conveniences are a luxury, and, tragically, acknowledgement of the Maker is a crime. It is into this world that a special group of children, called “Ailith,” are born. The Maker gives the Ailith children a special birthmark as well as gifts that will be used to deliver mankind from the oppression that has overtaken them. Each Ailith has a bodyguard, and they spend their whole life training for the day when the Maker will call them to fulfill their duties. Andriana is Ailith, and Remnants is her story. It is the story of her missions with the other Ailith, her relationship with her bodyguard Ronan whom she loves, and her expanding knowledge of her Maker. This dystopian fantasy by Lisa T. Bergren is the first in a trilogy about the Ailith fulfilling a prophecy given long ago by the elders. Bergren is a master storywriter who can not only pack the plot with action, but also create well-developed characters. The characters face trials faced by many teens, including forbidden relationships. Andriana and Ronan were told in the beginning of their training that they were never to love each other as more than siblings, but over time, their feelings for each other have grown. Throughout the book, they develop their special gifts and learn to trust the Maker and follow his guidance. In addition to that, they learn they must also lean on the Maker to check their feelings for each other, though they do not always remember to do so as the temptation to kiss and express their feelings for each other grows. There is one use of mild language. Though the times of this book are bleak, there is hope that the Maker has not forgotten, has a plan, and is working all things together for good. Kristina Wolcott, CLJ (Christian Library Journal)
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Life on earth has changed in this dystopian fantasy and the Maker has called forth remnants and their knights to battle dark forces seeking ultimate power over all people. Andrianna and Ronan are paired, having trained together since they were children to battle side by side. Andrianna with her gift of empathy and Ronan as her knight, are willing to give their lives in obedience to the Makers’ call.
On the night of their calling everything changes and they are jolted into a journey that will test their faith, even as it strengthens their gifts and draws them closer to their remnant kin.
I really enjoyed this new cast of characters and found Andrianna, as the heroine, to be a very relatable character as she struggles internally with her fears about leaving home and her growing emotions towards Ronan. Would love to see her relationship with Ronan and his character explored more in the series.
Great messages are weaved into the story about the struggle between good and evil and the consequence of giving in to the temptation of darkness. I really loved how the author presents this struggle and how Andrianna’s friends help her overcome, because in life, none of us can go it alone, we really do need each other!
My only complaint is I have to wait until 2015 for the next installment to this series! I highly recommend you put Remnants on your must read list!
It kept me hooked from the very beginning. I had a hard time putting it down; so much so that my family wondered if they would be eating dinner or if I was going to ever go to bed.
It’s a story of trust, love, finding strength and community. It’s a story of young people who know their calling, willing to use their gifts and live to bring hope to others.
The author wrote this story with lots of action, suspense, and tons of vivid words pictures so we could imagine life in a world where all the comforts we know are gone. She even brings into the story many familiar things and convinces of today, but as if these things are in the “old past.”
There is evil in their world and these young people are called to bring light and hope even if it means sacrifices.
I hope you find this book as captivating as I did.
I liked how Lisa used the spiritual gifting that we receive when we accept Christ, as the same
gifting her characters had.
This is my favorite quote: "You were born to do as the Maker bids. To fight the dark, to fight for the light. To save the world, one step, one person at a time."
This book really made me think about what kind of a world this would be if we fought for the light,
and worked to bring God's message to those around us.
I highly recommend it!!
I’m REALLY looking forward to the next book in the series.
The reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because there were a couple of typos in the book (missing punctuation and misspellings) and sometimes I wasn't sure who was around in certain situations.
EDIT: March 18, 2017
This book series is completely amazing. I. Love. Remnants. Buy this book and the two following it, you won't be sorry. Remnants: Season of Wonder is very suspenseful, interesting, unpredictable, and inspiring. It left me feeling very eager for the next book in the series to come out (Season of Fire). I am planning on reading the whole series again, in which case I will write a more in depth review. But definitely buy this book :)