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Deep Shadows#1 in the Remnant series, by Vannetta Chapman
When a solar flare wipes out modern technology, Shelby Sparks becomes soley focussed on providing for her diabetic son. Medication becomes a priceless commodity. Will she find a way to survive on her own or will a past love help her keep her son safe?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: The Remnant
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All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safeuntil 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 priorityto keep Shelby and her son safecould 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.
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In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Eerily grippingNovember 10, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Eerily gripping. I'm not a huge dystopian fan -- especially this kind because it seems so plausible and it gives me the heebie-jeebies. But I adore Vannetta Chapman so much that I will follow her anywhere, including into literary Dystopia. :-) And I'm glad I did (once the nightmares faded!)
Amazing characters that I bonded with from the get go are faced with the unthinkable as Chapman unravels their world with an epic natural disaster. We have become so complacent about our reliance on technology that I kept finding myself astonished by the catastrophic circumstances that kept cropping up. Everything from accessibility of fresh water to life-saving drugs become a battle for survival.
And, of course, an event of this magnitude brings out both the best...and the worst...in people. Makes for a mesmerizing read. And I love the way Chapman has woven a solid faith thread throughout it all. It doesn't necessarily make things easier for Max and Shelby and their friends and family, but it anchors them during these desperate times. There's plenty of action, the hint of romance and enough closure at the conclusion to book one of the Remnant series that you'll be satisfied to sit on your laurels until book two, Rising Storm, comes out in February.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Frightening possibilitiesNovember 6, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When an author begins to write in a genre different from the one I am used to reading, I often wonder what to expect. That is how I felt when Vannetta Chapman announced that she was going to write a dystopian series -- and all I had read of hers were Amish stories.
Well, I was not disappointed in her new direction in Deep Shadows. The story was not a pleasant one -- in fact, it is pretty frightening to think of having to live through the situations it included. Vannetta's telling of the story, though, made for a very intriguing read.
One of the most engaging elements of the story is exploring how the characters deal with the difficulties that come when their normal day-to-day lives are completely turned upside down. Vannetta has obviously down her "homework" in detailing the various scenarios that have to be dealt with. Max and Shelby each bring their own strengths, weaknesses, pasts, and fears into the situation. Shelby is definitely a mother driven by concern for her son's health; my only criticism would be that her focus seemed to drag down and get a little repetitive in some spots.
I am anxious to see how the story continues in the next book in the series, as well as reading the prequel in an ebook entitled Overshadowed.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5the end of life as we know it?November 5, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This dystopian story reads from the possible pages of the future. What if a massive solar flare knocked out all electricity and technology? Would modern society survive? In Chapmans novel things go downhill more rapidly than Id expect. The characters and their struggles were realistic and relatable, but I didnt care for the fighting and killing. I did appreciate the theme of maintaining hope and faith despite the despairing circumstances. In the back of the book, the author provides emergency preparation lists. Reading the book gave me the sense that this could be happening and I should be prepareda wise action to follow. The story is exciting as well as disturbing. Youll want to keep the pages turning to see how it concludes.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Thought ProvokingAugust 29, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this book, even though, it wasn't just a fast page turner for me. In spite of that fact though, the story line was captivating, as author Vannetta Chapman takes us on a futuristic journey of solar flares, power outages, and a return to a past way of life. As Vannetta mentions at the end of the book, solar flares are actually possible, and the book is somewhat realistic, as far as, the fact that it could happen. She also includes some really helpful preparation tips in case you were caught in an emergency.
Shelby and Max have been friends for years, high school sweethearts at one point in time, and together on a hike when the solar flares hit. They don't live in Alaska where the Northern lights can be seen, but on this day, they witness them as far south as Texas. Frightened they head back to their town which is already in the beginning stages of disarray. Shelby's son Carter is a diabetic and on insulin. Power outages are everywhere, and modern technology is a joke (of the now past). How will they survive? All Shelby knows is that she will do whatever it takes to keep Carter alive, and Max will do whatever he can to see they are both taken care of. But when the situation spirals out of control, and Shelby is bent on taking care of herself, what can he do?
As they learn a whole new lifestyle and their small town attempts to make due under the current conditions, they also learn the value of friends and family, and most importantly faith. The main goal is currently - survival - and hopefully not just their own. I enjoyed reading about the way the town pulled together to weather the tragedy. How they got creative with coping and coming up with ways to fill in the gaps. I enjoyed Vannetta's take on faith and God's sovereignty in all that happened.
This book ends well, but also leaves a bit of a cliffhanger to encourage you to read number two in the series, which of course I am eagerly awaiting the release of when the time comes.
I received a copy of this book from Harvest House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was also blessed to win one from the author.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Dystopia = finding strength, and strong opening for this new series!August 12, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My 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!
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
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.
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Located in: Texas
Submitted: May 31, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. My first book released in 2010, and Deep Shadows is my 14th novel (plus several novellas). I was a high school/college English teacher for 15 years, and now I write full time. My husband and I have 4 children, all grown, so we are empty nesters--though with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a back yard full of deer the nest is hardly empty.
What was your motivation behind this project? I love a good survival story, but it seems that even with the huge popularity of dystopian fiction that we are not seeing much written in this genre from the Christian perspective. My goal was to show one of these scenarios from the viewpoint of someone like you and me--normal folks who fall on their faith in times of trouble, but still have to stand back up and find a way to survive.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? That God's grace is always sufficient. Take the worst scenario that you can imagine, and you can still count on our Heavenly Father--maybe not to make it instantly better, but to lead, guide, and care for us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I've started stocking my pantry a little better! And of course it forced me to look at my own doubts and fears. What would I do to protect my child? That was a recurring theme, and the answer is always the same--I can trust my heavenly Father regardless of the circumstance.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I listen to a lot of music while I'm writing--Chris Tomlin and David Crowder, to name two. While writing this book, Ted Koppel's "Lights Out" and Barbara Taylor's "An Altar in the World" were both very helpful.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Most of us are woefully unprepared for something like I describe in Deep Shadows, but we can learn, and we can change our habits, and we can trust on the grace and provision and love of God.