Last Light, by Terri Blackstock, is the first in a series of books called the Restoration Series. It focuses on the Branning family, as their lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil when their city, and all its surrounding areas, suddenly loses all power. Unlike a regular electric blackout, they lose all modern conveniences. Cars stop dead on the highway, airplanes fall out of the sky, and phones go dead.
Deni Branning, a somewhat spoiled and driven college student, is flying home for a visit when the catastrophe strikes. She and her father must make their way home from the airport on bicycles, through all the stalled cars on the highway, their growing panic, and the fights and riots that are already starting to break out in the city.
Last Light pulled me in with its opening scene and never let me go. Fast paced and evenly measured, it unfolded like the most gripping of thrillers. The characters were well developed and believable, and the story line was full of twists and turns. From misery to self-pity, to grit and determination, to looting and mysterious murders... it kept me reading page after rapidly turned page. I enjoyed the element of mystery, but it's possible I enjoyed the basic story of pulling-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps survival during a difficult situation even more.
At its core, it is a story of faith, trust, and family. And a good one at that. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
**I received this book for free from the Booksneeze program. All opinions are my own.**
I really struggled to get into this book. The first chapter was action packed and exciting! Then, I just kind of lost interest. Maybe it was the subject matter? Maybe I'm just not interested in reading about massive power outages and how we would survive in the face of a crisis like that, because the book was very well written. This is the second book I've read by Terri Blackstock and I feel like it was written better than the first one I read.
The characters, the Branning family, were shallow and whiny. I found I didn't have a lot of compassion for them, but maybe that's because I couldn't imagine relating to their situation. Deni especially annoyed me with her selfishness and arrogance. I hope if I ever find myself in that situation, I would react differently from her.
The message was the best part about this book. Learning to put your trust in the One who makes all things new is the only way to survive. If you ask Him, and listen for his response, He will direct your paths. Overall, I just didn't care for the subject of the book. I will probably not finish the series, but if you enjoy the "what-if" scenarios in a good Christian book, you will enjoy this story.
**Thank you, BookSneeze, for providing me a free copy of this book for my honest review.**
Last Light, is the first book to the Restoration Series. Terri Blackstock creates a wonderful what if tale of the possibility of the power leaving the whole country. Cars are stalled in the middle of the road, brand-new generators fail to work, even watches stop working and the modern world is thrust in utter darkness of the 1800's. The Branning family witnesses firsthand the desperation the lack of electricity
induces. While battling thoughts of hoarding their possessions versus sharing them they learn how to work as a family, trust in God, and live without electricity.
I enjoyed the authors unique story line. I was immediately drawn to the many hardships the different characters faced. The book allowed for many thoughts of reflection. What would I do without electricity? How would I survive? I loved how the everything in the story tied together in the end. My only complaint was the fact that the Branning family was presented as a christian family. They did not act very Christ-like before the power outage, but they did receive a Christ intervention in their lives.
I cannot wait to continue my journey with the Branning family in the next books of the series. I
received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
The Restoration Series, of which Last Light is the first book, has always been my favorite series by Terri Blackstock. She is a masterful author and this series of four books is pure gold. So I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Last Light.
Doug Branning and his daughter Deni land at the Birmingham, Alabama airport minutes before planes begin falling from the sky. Everything happens at the same moment. All the cars are dead. The electricity is out. Cell phones, radios, even watches don't work. At first they think it is just the Birmingham area. But after walking the long miles home and finding their neighborhood of Crockett in the same condition, they begin to suspect that this is something much bigger than a local fluke. And when in the days that follow someone makes it all the way from the east coast with news that conditions are the same there, the truth starts sinking in. Nothing is going to be changing anytime soon.
The big changes in the lives of the Branning family begins to change their ideas of what is important. To Deni, it is somehow getting to Washington D.C. to be with her fiance. To her parents, it brings into clear focus how little value they have placed on family and God and how much they need to change that. And in the midst of it all, a killer is loose in Crockett. Neighbor begins to suspect neighbor and relationships are tested.
Terri Blackstock brings out deeper themes in her books than I can ever hope to summarize in a review. So I encourage you to read Last Light and any other book she has written that you can get your hands on.
Last Light is a novel by New York Times best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock. From the back cover: The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is experiencing a massive blackout. Planes suddenly lose power and crash to the earth. Cars stall in the middle of the street and won't restart. Cell phones and the internet are dead. All communications are cut off. Is it a terrorist attack....or something far worse?
My thoughts: When I started reading the book, it sounded just like the tv show Revolution because of the same scenario - power goes out worldwide and people need to adapt to survive. What surprised me is that Ms. Blackstock actually wrote this novel years before the tv show! In her novel, the Branning family members need to decide whether or not to hoard their possessions or to trust in God and share their resources with others. While they are trying to rebuild their lives and learn to live without power, people in their neighborhood start getting killed. Is it one of the Branning's friends or someone else?
I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was fast-moving and the action keeps going until the end. I would recommend this book to others and am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.