Friday, July 29, 2016

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman, Book 1 of The Remnant Series


"It's the worst kind of arrogance..."




Title:  Deep Shadows
Series: The Remnant, Book 1
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  July 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Dystopia

All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.

In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.




My friends, first, did you see the guest post from the author of Deep Shadows, Vannetta Chapman a few weeks ago? It's on the characteristics of heroes/heroines in Dystopian fiction.  Check it out if you haven't. =)

Now, onto Deep Shadows. What did I expect? I wasn't too sure, especially since I've only read Vannetta's Amish stories, but  I guess I was intrigued by what "Dystopia" would be like in a Christian sense. I immediately thought of the famous Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Yet, that really wasn't dystopia, but more focused on the end in an apocalyptic sense.  Well, wait no further, because I can tell you, dystopia written in Deep Shadows by Vannetta is not about the end, it's about overcoming individually and collectively, and trusting God.

From the start, I was hooked. I couldn't stop! As the cover suggests, it's dark - not dark like a psycho thriller, but dark as it there are sad times. A disaster that struck and caused many different kinds of reaction from people, some noble, others not even close.  What makes this different than other dystopian fiction I've read like The Hunger Games, is this is very real. It is possible a solar flare can knock out power and cause much more damage on a wide range like it is in the book. How we deal with it, is at the crux of Deep Shadows, and that's also what makes this story so riveting and intense. The characters represent the extremes, and those in the middle, with depth and sincerity. The message has stuck onto me like glue, and took days to not subside. I always find books that give us something to think about, something to hold on to are the best kinds, and Deep Shadows is right there. I can't wait for Book 2 and I can't wait to see what else Vannetta has in store for us!





NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. 

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9 comments :

  1. Great review, Annie! Now I want to read it even more.

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  2. Thanks so much for the review, and I love the memes you created!

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  3. Thanks CARYL!! It's GOOD.

    VANNETTA, thanks for stopping by! And I'm glad you like them. I was inspired.. =) So WHEN will Book 2 come out??!!!

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    1. The OFFICIAL release date for Raging Storm is 2-1-17, but it's shipping early and the ebook is now available!

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  4. I really super want to read this! I've seen it on so many blogs. It sounds great. Love dystopian, and glad to see it in the Christian fiction genre.
    Dianna

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    1. HI Dianna. I actually was so thrilled that my publisher allowed me to try this journey into CHRISTIAN dystopian fiction. It's been a real hoot.

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  5. Oh I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I love the colours in the cover. :D And I particularly love when dystopians do that that super "real" flavour to them....it's kind of chilling, almost. XD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. But chilling in a good way. Right, Cait? :) Thanks for stopping by!

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