The Remaining is a novelization of the apocalyptic movie from Sony Affirm. Just after a young couple says their vows, the earth shakes, and some people die suddenly and are taken away. The rest of their wedding party and friends are left to wrestle with what happened and with their faith. Characters struggle with secret love, dreams, hopes, and beliefs as they continue to evaluate their faith. This book and movie are both action-packed thrillers that will encourage audiences to think about their beliefs.
I’m becoming a fan of novelizations of movies. Throughout this book, the descriptions are so vivid that I can easily imagine what it would look like on the big screen. The characters are easy to identify with and the plot is action-packed. The best part about the plot is that it is not at all predictable. I had no idea what was going to happen next!
This book gives a different idea than others about what life after the Rapture might look like. Whether you believe in the Rapture or not, the topic seems to spark a lot of imagination about how prophecy might come to pass. This book offers a vastly different perspective from the popular Left Behind series, but who is to say which is correct?
The story is told from several different viewpoints through the eyes of the main characters. Normally I don’t enjoy that type of back and forth perspective, but it didn’t bother me so much in this book. Thrasher makes it very clear which character is narrating and their voices are different.
Overall this is a good book. The only negative for some people might be that it is very dark and there is a lot of death. However, some might argue that it wouldn’t be a realistic take on the end times if it were bright and cheerful. This is definitely not a feel good kind of book that you want to enjoy on a leisurely afternoon at the beach. It is sad, dark, and disturbing. It is one of those books that stays with you for awhile.
If you like to read apocalyptic fiction, this is a good choice. You might hurry and get a copy so you can read it and then see the movie. Movie opens September 5, 2014.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.