The Remnant by Monte Wolverton appealed to me because I enjoy dystopian novels, and it reminded me of the Left Behind novels, which I absolutely love (albeit this book is a twist on the Left Behind model). The book description reads:
"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."
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. I really liked the characters, especially Grant, and the setting felt vivid and vibrant. The writing could've used just a teensy bit of editing and tweaking, so I took off one star, but other than that, the book was great and well worth reading. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.