Deep Shadows may very well be Ms. Chapman's best achievement yet! This dystopian novel is staggering, so realistic that when I laid the book aside, I fully expected conditions from the book to be actual! I was forced to look at the world around me differently, and expected to discover my surroundings as they are described in this powerful novel.
The author has portrayed a terrifying fictitious event in a dramatic yet realistic manner. The events depicted in this novel are very real possibilities. I found myself inspecting power lines in an atypical manner, unlike any other time in my life. Deep Shadows changed the way I see the world, and the importance of modifications in our lifestyles for self preservation.
Characters throughout this novel are realistic and respond to their surroundings and current events in the most expected and humanistic manner. Abney, Texas is a representation of any small community, and the residents presented are authentic to their circumstances. An incident of such magnitude brings out the worst and the best in the residents of Abney. Compassion and benevolence among neighbors is admirable, and hysteria, violence and hatred in others exhibits the true nature of humans under extreme duress.
I highly recommend Deep Shadows! This is no ordinary story. It is reality fiction at its best, and everyone from young adults to the elderly can relate to the possibilities this powerful novel represents. Impressive!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Deep Shadows is a book that is going to make you think, you will become the mother of a boy with an illness that requires constant medication to keep him alive. Is this Armageddon, or pretty close to it, but life as everyone has always known it will cease to exist.
What has happened is a solar flare has wiped out all of modern technology, even the Northern Lights appear as far south as Texas. Shelby Sparks has been raising her son on her own, since her husband died, and earned a living writing romance novels, and had researched this very happening. She is with her lifelong friend Max when they see the Northern Lights, and of course Max looks out for her, and they head home, yes his truck works, it is an older non-computerized model.
We get to witness what life will probably be like if such a catastrophe were to happen, martial law happens, and it seems no one is like they used to be. There are fires, and explosions, needless death, and everyday fights for survival, and should they stay in their town, or leave and go to where they might survive. Shelby wants to stay, and so does her son, he has a new love interest, but life isnt fair and decisions are made for them.
This is a book you wont be able to put down, and after the last page is turned, you wont soon forget. There are more answers to come and more to this story, but we have to wait a bit for more.
I received this book through Harvest House and the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.
In one moment, life changes beyond imagination for Shelby Sparks, her son Carter, her childhood friend Max, and for every person and every animal. A solar flare disrupts and dramatically alters the way of life in ways that no one expected. Basic necessities like food, water, and shelter cause people to become anxious and combative in their communities. Medical care, basic supplies and basic human needs are now precious items. How will Shelby and her family and friends get through this change in their existence? Carter needs insulin, but, how long will their supply last?
This is a story of survival and faith. Vannetta Chapman brings the story and the characters to life in such detail that I felt I was right there with the people in the story. I could smell the smoke from the fires, hear the rumble of explosions and more.
Deep Shadows has made me think about preparing for the future, in case of a disaster. God promise's to always be with us and we are told not to worry about tomorrow. God provides and we need to go to Him in prayer, with our concerns and joys.
Fans of Terri Blackstock's the Restoration series will enjoy Vannetta Chapman's foray into the future from the past. Deep Shadows,#1 The Remnant, revolves around four friends. We meet author Shelby, whose son Carter has just graduated; lawyer Mark, her neighbor and past boyfriend; and Bianca and Patrick, their close friends. While hiking, the group discovers a solar flare so great that power throughout the country and possibly world has been cut off. The world as we know it changes drastically. Suddenly life becomes about survival, fighting off people who would seize what they can find, and taking care of the less fortunate. This is a truly terrorizing book because one cannot help but feel like this is a very real possibility in our world today.
Would our neighbors start arming themselves and setting up neighborhood watches? Would people become a law unto themselves?
Fortunately, the characters in this book have a solid faith to rely upon. Sometimes they have to shore each other up, as disaster upon disaster seems to occur. Are they strong enough to overcome the obstacles? And will Shelby ever look at Mark the way he wants her too? How far will Shelby go to protect her son? Chapman writes in such a way that draws you unwillingly into the now unstable town. You, the reader,vicariously cannot escape the effects of the solar flare, but must use all your wits, faith, and friendships to see you through this horrific time.
This is only book one, and the book ended on a definite note of more to come. There are also discussion questions and lists of things needed to stockpile for such an emergency.
I gratefully received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! This book that really made me re-think the preparations I've made about surviving a national disaster. My brother is a prepper, and I thought a well-stocked pantry and fruit cellar was adequate to get us through any initial catastrophe (ok, there may be guns and ammo, too - not going into the whole inventory here). But reading Deep Shadows made me realize there are a lot of questions I hadn't considered: transportation? (modern cars' computers would be fried) resources for bartering? (when cash is irrelevant) medicine? (beyond the bandaids and rubbing alcohol) communication? (only ham radios would work after cell phones are disabled). And would I have the courage to WANT to survive if I knew I'd probably never see my out-of-town family members again?
Chapman's first book in the new Remnant series is heart-stopping. As usual, her characters are real and engaging, and we quickly learn to care about their challenges. But this dystopian genre is anything but "usual" for most of her devoted readers. Four friends find their hike interrupted by a magnificent display of the aurora borealis. The only problem is they're in Texas - normally way too far south for these "northern lights," caused by a massive solar eruption. When planes fall out of the sky, they begin to realize something is terribly wrong. But they have no conception of how radically their lives - and civilization - will change.
Written from a Christian worldview, this book examines the challenge of surviving the loss of modern technology without also losing faith. Hospitality and sharing takes on a whole new meaning when your own material supplies are limited, and there is no earthly expectation of finding more. We see the thin veneer of civilization quickly dissolving as fear and greed take over in the new order. Looting by individuals and gangs amp up to whole cities trying to take over other communities and their resources. It's a chilling picture of what society might devolve into without the technology and conveniences we've become accustomed to.
Like all good books, this is also a love story. Neighbors Shelby and Max once dated in high school, but broken promises long ago have created a platonic distance between them. Will this crisis change that as they rely on each other to survive? Shelby's son Carter is an insulin-dependent diabetic. Her love for him is magnified as a widowed, single parent. Her faith has always been strong, but can she trust God to carry them when there is no long-term supply of insulin available? And will Carter see the necessity of faith for himself? People in their small town of Abney, Texas are dying left and right - will faith help them survive, or will they need to compromise their values in this new topsy-turvy world?
I read this book in just a few days - and woke up thinking about it first thing each morning. What a relief to realize we still had electricity! It was THAT real and gripping. Deep Shadows made me examine my spiritual preparations for disasters, determining to keep my eyes on the "steadfast love of the LORD that endures forever" when other things change. I think I'll restock my emergency pantry to have more to share (and barter with!) should the need arise, and there may be a ham radio in my near future. But I also want to develop the courage and fortitude to continue to put others first if times get tough. This was a great read at several levels, and I can't wait for the next book in the series to see how life goes on in Abney, Texas.