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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rachelle Dekker: The Calling

By Kelly Bridgewater

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.

As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels―he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp―and the CityWatch soldiers closing in―Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.
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My Review:

I really enjoyed Rachelle Dekker’s The Choosing, so of course, I couldn’t wait to pick up a copy of The Calling as soon as it came out. Dystopian stories are different than normal stories because they take place in a world with a ruthless leader, helpless citizens, and a surrounding that is totally different than what I presently know as home. In The Calling, Dekker has included all of these features.

In the Choosing, we heard the stories from Carrington’s perspective, but in The Calling, we understand more of the internal struggles from Remko’s perspective. In The Choosing, Remko is one of the City Watch guards who actually falls in love with Carrington. At the end of book one, Remko and Carrington have left the city and headed west toward the hills. This one picks up a year and a half later. I learn that Remko is a strong heroine who hasn’t fully bought into Aaron’s teachings, but he wants to stay strong for his wife. A gentle tug to his soul keeps him returning to the city to free others.

As for the plot, it does have numerous repetitive scenes. In the first one, we see Carrington roam around the home she is going to live in even as far as to show the inner workings of the Lint environment. The Calling spends a lot of time away from the Seer’s hiding place and take them through a number of water tunnels under the town to save people. This happens over and over again. Not that I didn’t enjoy the story but that was all Remko and three other brave Seers would do over and over again. They would rush in, plan interrupted, guards come, hold them hostage for backup, and then someone would walk away.

I really enjoy the idea of transformation to freedom and how God protects his own. It was present in the first one, and it is present in The Calling too. I enjoy how when the enemy wants to do something drastic to the Seer, the freedom from knowing and believing in God protects them and brings them no harm.

Continuing in the dystopian world, Rachelle Dekker ‘s The Calling invites the readers into Remko’s perspective and understand the need for true freedom in Christ. Fans of dystopian young adult novels like the Hunger Games will enjoy this series. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Calling from Tyndale Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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