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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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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.
This novel, is told through the perspective of one character, Adrianna. This did not bother me; I actually felt that it added a little bit more mystery to things since I didn't know what the other characters were thinking. I am not sure if Book 2 will continue things from her perspective alone or will it open us up to viewing things from another or multiple perspectives...? We will see! All I know is, I will eagerly await Book 2 to release (sadly not for quiet some time).
All in all this story was well written. I grasped the time, the environment, the characters and the dilemma with no problem. The characters are well written and easy to care for. And there was a nice flow to the story. The beginning didn't grip me but held my interest and then just a little further in I was hooked. What more can I say except that I recommend it!
Makes you feel as glad as them when they are together or when something good happens. Oh I can't wait to see and read the next to see and feel more and then be satisfied that things did happen, the way their to happen.
Looking forward to seeing if the other fighting couples become something towards eachother and become stronger or if they stay strong and more as they all continue. Also if this last one gets other knight or becomes stronger?
Note: There is a pronunciation guide and definitions for the names at the end of the book. (At least it's at the end for the kindle edition.)