I 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.
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!
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.
What would You do in the face of a global disaster.
WOW what a wonderfully written book by Vannetta Chapman.
Deep Shadows will make you laugh, cry, pray, frightened, sad, and wonder what in this world you would do if all of a sudden we actually had a solar flare and it wiped all of our modern technology out. Even something as minor as being able to pick up our meds whenever we needed to at our pharmacy. We take all of that for granted. My sister is a really bad diabetic and I sympathize with Shelby Sparks, single mother of a diabetic son. How scary knowing you may not be able to provide what they need most. It frightened me to think we wouldnt have food to eat, water to drink, gas for our homes or vehicles. No cell service. What would that do to all of us. If you enjoy a really good mystery that hinges on reality, you need to pick up Deep Shadows to sit down and read and put yourself in their position. This book came alive for me. I cant wait for the next book in this series. GREAT job Vannetta! Keep those books coming. Pick up one of Vannettas books and relax and enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
How many of us are prepared to survive a major event of cataclysmic proportions that shuts down power grids all over the world for an extended period of time and destroys many electrical systems in the process? Do you think you could survive without electricity for possibly several years? Think about all the things to which we are accustomed in America that would be affected by such an event. Then consider the impact on society as evil, greedy people start preying on those who are weaker. If you are having a hard time imagining this, I recommend you consider reading this suspenseful story about several friends who are caught out in a national park hiking when a massive solar flare occurs. You may wonder if this is for real; however, the author says one occurred in 1859. The results were not as drastic as those in the story because the world had not become so dependent on electricity back then. With modern technology, electricity and electronic devices affect practically everything we do. In the story, Shelby Sparks has a major concern that she will not be able to get the insulin that her diabetic son needs so desperately to live. Her friend, Max Berkman, wants to help keep them safe but he is also concerned for the welfare of his own parents. This is not the type of book I typically read but the blurb on the back cover captured my attention. I have enjoyed the first book in this new series by Vannetta Chapman.
Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Remnant series. This book has so much unexpected and intense happening throughout that you will be riveted to your seat from the very beginning. This story has a wonderful cast of characters and excellent story that unfolds right before your eyes. Deep Shadows will get your heart pumping and having you trying to guess what will happen next. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. This is the best book yet by Vannetta Chapman. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. Be sure to order your copy of Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman today. 5 stars! I would give it more if I could.