One nation, without God…
Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
But Colton’s steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?
The tagline of the book drew me in right away. I've always been interested in the dystopian society-type of books. Imagining a world where religion or even acknowledging that there is a God is against the law...well, I can't even imagine it.
Colton was not my favorite person. So entirely full of himself, concerned only with how awesome of a person he was, and how great he was at his job. His family life suffered because of it, but he barely even noticed, because he was so focused on getting a promotion for his job.
Imagine his surprise, shock and horror when he realizes that his son is part of the rogue group of believers that he has been doing his best to eradicate. While Colton never became my favorite person throughout the story, it was nice to read the changes that happened in his life when he was forced to choose between his precious career and son that he was about to lose.
The ending of the book definitely leaves a lot of room for a sequel. Hopefully it's not too long in coming. :) There is some minor cursing in this book, but not too much.
I enjoy the Dystopian genre (which is ironic considering that some of it hits way too close to home. There was a time when I read this genre that it seemed more sci-fi to me, but now it's seeming less and less sci-fi and more and more real.)
I will admit that I struggle with books where I don't like the main characters. Colton was a pompous arrogant jerk for over half of the book. I would have liked this book better if we started in the middle and went from there.
There is some swearing and some editing issues (which may be fixed since I got an advanced copy). While the ending is open for a sequel, it is tied up enough not be be a cliff-hanger.
About the Author:
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.
A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity’s inherent need for redemption.
For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.
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Title: The Remnant
Author: William Michael Davidson
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Published: February 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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