The Remnant

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The Remnant

The Remnant (Plain Truth Ministries, August 2016)

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth’s population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible—a remnant of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant’s grandparents.

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn’t return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

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Reviews

  • The ending surprised me the most as it leaves room for a possible sequel. The novel is different from anything I have read recently and that can be good. I enjoy being an eclectic reader.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking dystopian novel. We are challenged with a post apocalypse future where Christians have not been raptured. The author explores a number of issues, such as errant leaders and what a church really is. This is a good book for readers willing to be challenged about a possible future.

  • The characters in this book were engaging and I felt like they had the same emotions and hardships that I might have if I were put in their situation. The plot was interesting and I was engaged in the story. The ending left me a little disappointed. It was a cliffhanger that didn’t really wrap the story up.

  • I do enjoy dystopian novels, and I had high hopes for this book, as the premise was unique. However, it did not quite live up to my expectations.

  • The book had an interesting premise about religion and the state of the world after an end of days situation. The writing seemed a discombobulated along with having flashbacks at random points of the novel without any lead way to it. The story seemed a bit longer than it needed to be and the characters didn’t seem authentic. The writing felt forced especially towards the end with fluff over detailed pieces peppered in.

  • This was a little bit different read for me but a very interesting. It left me with a few questions at the end.

    The flashbacks got a little bit too much for me. They jumped around alot. Getting me a little confused. The characters were well written though and the plot was okay. It didn’t really pull me into the story like I wish it would of.

    I did like the family and going through there journey to find the truth was good. This was a okay book for me.

  • This is a book with a mixture of dystopian and spiritual warfare, it was quite an interesting read. I really liked how the author included all religious beliefs into this book and how it tested faith and belief. If you enjoy either genre or just one this is a definite must read!

  • As I was reading the remnant I was hit with the realization that several of the places the group visited, could be a place that people worship today, false prophets, or misleading in the practice of Christianity.

  • I really love how this novel takes into consideration all religious groups from Muslims, Buddhist Monks, Catholics, and Christians as Grant tries to make sense of what lies beyond the Zones. Each area has their own religious groups running them and soon it is hard for those in this rag-tag team to know what is the real truth and what are the lies. Is there any hope for finding Christians left in the world? I absolutely love this novel as it places our religious beliefs to the truest test of our faith and just how far we are willing to go to find the truth of what we believe. For that reason I give this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait for the sequel.

  • Every year I read many books that I believe deserve 5*. But, there is usually one that goes above and beyond my expectations, making me so glad I read it. `The Remnant` is my number one book for this year (2016). I recommend this novel to fans of Sci-Fi, Christians, Seekers of the Way and anyone who wants to read a good book.

  • “The Remnant” is a fast-paced, character-driven novel that I read in one sitting with one cup of coffee (or was it two?). All the characters have been nicely written, though my favorites were Grant and Bryan. The descriptions of the Dystopian world are very good, and the dialogue is snappy for the most part.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading “The Remnant.” It would make a great gift this holiday season for book lovers.

  • This one is an interesting dystopian style story, though I wish it had been more Biblicaly accurate. I enjoyed the characters and their story though!

  • I don’t usually real dystopian books, but the signup email for this book peaked my interest. When the book arrived, I was excited and started reading it that night. Sadly I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

  • Wolverton’s story captivates the imagination and activates the mind. I’m hoping we see more of their story in the future.

  • The Remnant by Monte Wolverton was an okay book to read. I did have a hard time getting into this book because it is a dystopian book and those types of books are hard for me to get into. This book was really well written but I found myself comparing this book to the book “1984 by George Orwell”.

  • In the end we are left wondering. Don’t even think about reading the end first. It won’t make much sense. Mr. Wolverton, please give me a follow up book soon. I really want to know the decision.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I found this book to be really interesting. It is also really relevant today and says a lot about Christianity in our world. It focuses a lot on this group’s journey trying to find a true group of Christ followers. What they find along the way is half truths and misinterpreted beliefs. It really goes to show you how much we should value and treasure our bibles!

  • I enjoyed this book but did have a bit of a problem with keeping my attention at first. I would recommend this book if you like Last days fiction or end times fiction.

  • The Remnant is a true dystopian novel, a future world that is generally worse than the one we currently live in. Yet we can learn much of how to live in our world now by reading dystopian novels. And I found that to be true in reading The Remnant.

  • The Remnant by Monte Wolverton was an interesting examination of Christianity, cults, and the human mind. Unlike most dystopian books, this one actually realistically deals with what would happen to religion should such a world arise, which was also a really good allegory of how it is now. I also really liked the explanation of how the ‘apocalypse’ happened- very well thought out, as well as the entire geographic setting.

  • Fic Gal says:

    hen it comes to this type of book I’m kind of hit and miss. I didn’t hate this book but I wasn’t too crazy about it either. Soon it becomes evident that things aren’t quite as they appear. The idea was interesting but the story didn’t really appeal to me even though I did like the writing style if that makes any sense at all. I guess I would say this isn’t my cup of tea since I’m not a tea drinker.

  • The Remnant is Monte Wolverton’s latest book and it is great! This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading and I am glad I did. I don’t usually read dystopian books but this one seemed different and it was.

  • The story is powerful and saddening at the same time, and left me with the thoughts of another book to follow. I found the story to be written rather well, but there were a cluster of grammatical errors. I was able to overlook them, and they didn’t hurt the story, but they were very distracting. I just wish, with a story like this one, it was cleaned up better. The other issue was overkill on backstories. I like the extra information but sometimes, enough is too much.. It was a cool story but just a little overdone.

  • I enjoyed The Remnant very much! It was refreshing to find a Christian dystopian novel in the days of the Hunger Games and Divergent series.

  • Interesting story – made me think about different theological ideologies and how if we are not careful we can be lulled into thinking their ideas are Biblical.

  • The Remnant sounded like an intriguing futuristic/scifi/dytopian tale which is why I requested to review it through the Litfuse Blogger Program. Alas, I found The Remnant to be quite disappointing.

  • I thought the book was well written. It had a great plot and characters that were easy to like and keep up with. I found it very interesting how the main characters had such a limited idea of Christianity and the Bible, yet could tell what was fake or wrong in the many different groups of Christians they ran across. Although the book is fictional, there is a message there for all of us.

  • I was particularly interested to see that Grant and his Team didn’t hold judgement against anyone else and their beliefs, in spite of having had no organized Christian teachings. They faced all challenges with a faith and genuine compassion for all they met. This behavior, exemplified what Jesus taught. I enjoyed watching each character go through their own faith journey along the physical trek they took.

    If you are a fan of dystopian and prefer a less harsh, but no less bleak storyline, this book is for you.

  • You know that feeling when the coffee bean bag is empty? When you visit a restaurant you remember from years ago, and it doesn’t live up to your memory? Disappointment. I had high hopes for this book. The cover is well-designed, and I enjoy a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction. However, I should have known that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
    After perhaps the first twenty pages, I was so tired of hearing a stream of lifeless characters babble, with seemingly no personality or life hidden inside. A horde of clichés overwhelmed me. The cover was shut, and the book looks good again. But only on the outside….

  • When it comes to books on the end times, I have a hard time with many of them. Some are just not interesting enough to hold my attention, while others are not sound as far as doctrine. I tend to give more leeway with fiction stories, as they are just that, fiction. So my interest was piqued by yet another End Times novel and I couldn’t wait to see how it was.

  • I will say this wasn’t the most riveting book I have ever read. I just couldn’t get into it. I think the premise of the book is good, but I never connected with the characters and there were several parts I ended up just skimming.

  • This book was fantastic, totally engaging and enthralling, certainly different from a lot of the books that I have read. It is very much a Christian dystopian book which made it interesting. I thought the writing style was very engaging and I really liked how thought provoking it was with fascinating dialog and engaging characters.

  • The story is really good.  It makes you think a little bit about religion, and why people worship in the ways that they do.  God’s hand in their adventures is always present, whether in obviously miraculous ways, or just in meeting the right people at the right time. 

  • The Remnant was a departure from the books I normally read, but surprisingly it was a page turner. I am still not a huge fan of dystopian writing but Wolverton did an excellent job of forming the plot and the storyline keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the book. This could easily be read in one sitting, especially if this is your favorite type of fiction.

  • An unusually interesting book which will leave you with very interesting questions. Steady paced and well written I read it in 2 days. Grant, Dana, & their two teens join with a few friends and plan to escape from a work camp where all religions are banned. The group experiences tough situtations, death, and more. It definitely made me cringe but at the same time I enjoyed the story.

  • The Remnant is a great read. It’s very detail oriented, which is a bit much for me, but I definitely don’t hold it against the author! Many people enjoy details. I thought that it was intriguing and definitely holds your attention. Check it out for those teenagers of yours this Christmas season!

  • The Remnant is a chilling look at what might happen if the government bans religion after a disaster. I loved the inclusion of various current “conspiracy theories” because it made the book so realistic and, quite frankly, scary because I felt like these events were things that I could actually imagine happening in real life.

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