`The Remnant` is a science fiction novel written by author Monte Wolverton. Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is also an ordained minister.
What if the Apocalypse happened and Jesus didn't come back? The year is 2131 with a One World Government, the Federation. All religions and religious materials are banned. Christians who refuse to follow the law are sent to work camps. There is no way to hide, drones are everywhere and see everything. There is no privacy. Capitalism is the government of the day.
I agree with the quote by Nelson Mandela. "When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in he has no choice but to become an outlaw." The main characters in this novel have escaped imprisonment and are looking for a true Christian colony.
The central characters are: Grant Cochrin, a petroleum geologist. Grant's wife Dana, and his best friend Bryan, a fit, energetic thirty-something man. Along with their two children: their sixteen-year-old daughter Lissa and nine-year-old son Tadd.
Grant leads his friends and family through a secret tunnel so they could escape. He believes there are other Christians in the wilderness that want to serve Jesus, not just a tradition. The only religious item they have to look at is a torn page from the Bible.
I was pleased to see Jesus mentioned but was not expecting the mention of other religions. There is mention of all the major religions in this book, including Christianity which is actually a relationship and not a religion. Which the novel clarifies with this statement, 'Christianity does not function well as a religion. It is simply an active trust in Christ.' (see page 265) As the character Grant learns there is always an element of truth in every religion; a sense of community and order in one religion, compassion to see people healed in another. `But somehow the truth gets distorted or displaced by other elements.`
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.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.