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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
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Series: The Remnants
Our coming was foretold by the elders Those who would change the future, just as the planet teetered on the edge of darkness.
Born on the prophesied day with birthmarks in the form of a crescent moon, they knew us immediately. Swaddled and screaming, we were spirited away by those who hid us, trained us, and kept us safe until our time came.
They poured their lives into us. Some died to save us.
And now we, the Remnants, protected by Knights of the Last Order, have gathered.
Called until we breathe our last to save the world.
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over two million copies sold. She has written bestselling childrens books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, womens nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at LisaBergren.com.
Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My teen loved this!August 7, 2014Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleMeets Expectations: 5My 13 year old is a HUGE Lisa Bergren fan. This book did not disappoint.
She loved how Lisa kept to her medieval fan base with a dystopian book. Her twist on this book is that in the future, things have regressed to the past. Technology has devolved. And life has changed.
From page one you bound into Andriana's story -- one that removes her from any semblance of a normal life. Andriana and her kin are off to save what's left of the world from a tyrant while saving his brother. On the way they must rally others to the fight. Andriana knew that she was destined to be a warrior. Now the day has arrived. My daughter loved the romantic storyline and the journey to find her kin. Along the way Andriana learns that love conquers all obstacles. My daughter loved the choosing to take that step and going deeper even as the heroine helps save the world.
This book is one that readers of hero's calling books will love -- especially if set in a dystopian framework.
SpradlettAge: Under 18Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Romantic AdventureJune 8, 2014SpradlettAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In the ruins of a once prosperous world, Adrianaâ€”one of few select Remnants: extraordinary teens with extraordinary giftsâ€”has finally received the Call, which will take her far from her humble home in the ever-rainy Valley. Alongside her life-long friend and knight, Ronan, Adriana joins with other Remnants and their new, fearless leader Raniero who seems to have special abilities of his own. Pursued by the dark forces of Pacifica, confronted by new challenges and fears daily, the Remnants and their Knights must learn to trust in the Maker as he leads them farther and farther into enemy territory.
Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa Bergren has once again become a romance novel to capture the tomboy's eyes. After falling in love with the world Gabbi, Leah, Luca, and Marcello in Bergren's River of Time series, I was eager to meet the newest additions to Mrs. Lisa's "merry gathering." While I cannot claim that Remnants: Season of Wonder was as great as the River of Time series, Lisa Bergren was able to convincingly establish a fantasy-dystopian realm with new ideas and lots of thrills. At any given time, Bergren can make you laugh, gasp, or cry out, and it was an adventure in itself just to read.
The Strengths: Remnants had very strong, relatable characters, a convincing romance, and one of the best embodiments of the struggles of leadership that I have experienced. As a leader myself, I identified often with Raniero's burden as the protector and guide to the group. Bergren captured the "whole" picture of leadership and allowed for the reader to see that just because you are a leader, you aren't perfect. Even more important, the life of a leader must be one led with total faith in God (or the Maker, as He is called in the book), a willingness to endure hardships for the betterment of the group, and an overwhelming mindset of self-sacrifice. I also appreciated the allegory that was present in the book and hope that the readers will see that develop more and more as the series progresses.
The Weaknesses: My main critiques of Remnants are the sometimes overly simple world building as well as the romance, which slipped into clichÃ© every so often. Many times, I felt like the world could have been made more original if the names and places in it were less plain. In the same way, "the Community" and "the Maker" seemed a little underdeveloped. Although it wasn't a major problem, I felt like the world could have been constructed with more dips and crannies than presented. Along the same lines, I felt like the love story bordered on clichÃ© several times with the idea of Adriana falling in love with her protector and the idea of forbidden love.
All things considered, I enjoyed the book immensely and feel it deserves every bit of four stars. I can't wait to read the next book and continue watching the world of Remnants take shape, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has a flair for adventure and romance.
Tiffany HesterAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 8, 2014Tiffany HesterAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book was not like most dystopian novels I have read. It was a bit of a dark concept, but at the same time it was wholesome and good. It reflects plenty on a religious aspect and idea. Not something authors tend to write about, yet it was beautifully set up.
My favorite thing to read in Lisa's books is the dialogue! Lisa really knows how to emotionally connect the reader to each character. I can already tell this series has potential to grow from this book to the second book. If anyone is unsure about reading this book, DON'T! Give it a shot and you'll understand where I'm coming from.
Ymallama4 Stars Out Of 5Full of twists and turns!June 5, 2014YmallamaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4While I didn't enjoy it as much as Lisa's River of Time series,
Remnants has so much to offer: epic battles, tear-worthy moments, characters you grow to love, and heart-melting romance. It took me to the edge of my seat as I cheered our heroes on, through danger and despair. The suspense kept me turning the pages, willing them to survive to the next one!
Andriana is one awesome girl, and it was great seeing her character develop as she fought not only the villains, but the darkness within herself. She's certainly not perfect, and I love that about her.
Remnants: Season of Wonder is a thought-provoking book that I would recommend to fantasy and dystopian fans alike, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
Rambling Reader4 Stars Out Of 5An Action-Packed Journey...May 10, 2014Rambling ReaderQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Lisa T. Bergren has taken readers on an array of adventures - from time travel in medieval Italy to a European Grand Tour. "Remnants: Season of Wonder" embarks on a brand new journey, this time in the distant future. As a dystopian novel, the plot has the expected danger, fighting, and action sequences. There are few, if any, dull moments of the story, which is definitely a continuous journey for the characters and readers. The characters spend the entire novel traversing a variety of climates and landscapes with the goal of reaching the enemy territory of Pacifica and saving a Ailtith brother. I was never bored by the plot with so many scene changes and enemies lurking around every corner; but when I reached the end, I felt no closure on an expedition which had clearly not reached its destination. The Ailith will certainly face more adversity in upcoming novels, and Bergren leaves readers speculating what grave dangers will emerge and how the Ailith will fulfill their calling.
Among the lingering questions is Andrianna's relationships and her gift to read and feel emotions. Andrianna's "high gift" has already attracted the attention of the evil factions, and her struggle to block out the darkness seems to foreshadow future trouble. Her forbidden attraction to her knight, Ronan, creates some romantic tension. Andrianna is warned a few times that love can be used as a weapon. While I have little doubt that Andrianna's love for Ronan will find fulfillment, I suspect that Bergren has set the stage for struggles along the way that will pull them apart. It strikes me as odd that none of the other members of the Ailith group are attracted to each other. The Ailith characters all have their own distinct personalities and gifts, and the relationship between the Remnants and the knights seems to walk a fine line between brotherly love and romantic love. Each character brings a different dynamic to the group. After an exciting ending, we are left unsure about the fates of some of the Ailiths and their leader.
"Season of Wonder" had me wondering and wandering. I enjoyed the action, but the characters' journeys were more physical than emotional. "Season of Wonder" feels more like a build-up to the series, and it doesn't seem that many of the events in the first half of the plot will impact the future novel. There isn't much background on the Ailith group and the established group of elders, and most of the significant events occurred in the novel's second half. At the novel's conclusion, the real adventure feels like it is just on the brink of beginning, leaving me with enough interest to await the next installment of the series.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Zondervan through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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